Yes volunteering makes us feel good by allowing us the opportunity to give back to those who are less fortunate. But if you’ve ever thought about making a career in the world of non-profits, volunteering is also one of the best ways of getting a job at your favorite non-profit.
By their very definition non-profits don’t make a lot of money. They rely on donations, grants, and other fund-raising opportunities making full-time jobs difficult to obtain and competitive when a position does open up. Volunteering gives you a foot in the door so you’ll have first hand knowledge of new jobs. Not only that, the organization will have first hand knowledge of your commitment and work habits possibly making you first in line for the job.
I’ve also seen individuals who have created a job for themselves at a non-profit. The organization didn’t even realize they needed that particular work function done, until someone started doing it. The organization was so grateful they hired the person full-time.
Working at non-profits isn’t just for senior citizens.
While it might be true that many senior citizens and retirees find part-time jobs working at non-profits, there are plenty of jobs available for the young career minded professional as well.
Following is a list of some of the professional jobs available in the non-profit industry:
- Grant Writing
- Public Relations
- Human Resources
- Marketing Director
- Event Coordinator
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2012, 11.4 million individuals were employed by the non-profit sector.
How do you go about finding a non-profit that’s right for you…volunteer. Check out a library for resources on non-profit organizations in your area. Be sure and do your homework on any non-profit to make sure that it’s a reputable and legal organization.
If you’re looking for your next job or your first job, consider the field of non-profits. It can be a life-long rewarding and financially stable career opportunity for you.