Feeling stuck? The job listing requires five years of experience, but all you’ve completed are a couple of internships?!?
How are you supposed to gain experience when no one will hire you?
CONSIDER THIS: Create opportunities to build your experience while you are seeking employment.
- Develop a portfolio of potential projects that you can help an organization with. Identify tasks with a clear start and finish. Articulate project outcomes and define what success looks like.
- Offer your services pro-bono to local nonprofits, in exchange for a formal review letter. Leverage your network and ask contacts for ideas and connections.
- Strategically expand your experience, skills, and network by serving as a pro-bono consultant! Why settle for typical volunteer tasks when you have greater contributions to offer the nonprofit sector?
Project examples include:
- Write a direct mail piece
- Create a program evaluation plan
- Document a departmental process
- Research funder prospects
- Develop a social media strategy
- Revise and update program policies and client forms
- Draft board orientation materials
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