The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers by Meg Busse and Steven Joiner

by Shannon Houde

This “comprehensive career resource from the leading nonprofit jobs website” does exactly what it says on the tin. Aimed squarely at recent-graduates who aspire to change the world, this guide to working in nonprofits breaks down the traditional job search tips and tricks, but with an impact-edge.

It looks at the psychology of the job search, explores the benefits of networking, gives tips on how to be a stronger candidate, identifies a host of jobsearch tools, looks at the importance of evaluating organisational culture, shows how to write resumes and do a good interview, gives advice on negotiating a compensation package, and dispels some common misconceptions about the nonprofit world. It also has a handy glossary of nonprofit-speak, which I found really interesting!

All in all, this is an excellent resource for new recruits into the nonprofit sector – though old hands and career switchers will almost certainly get something out of it too.

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