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Nonprofit Resume Tips

Nonprofit Resume Tips

By Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert

Tout Your Skills

When reviewing resumes, nonprofit resume screeners ask: “Does this person have the required skills to do the job?” Therefore, it’s important that your resume demonstrates job-specific skills. Include a Skills section and provide a bulleted list of keywords related to the job.

Demonstrate Your Accomplishments

It’s easy to say you have certain skills, but a strong resume proves you have the stated skills by providing examples of related accomplishments. Pepper your resume with evidence that you’ve contributed to your past employers, went above and beyond your job responsibilities, and worked hard to make a difference.

Quantify your accomplishments so the impact of your work is understandable to outsiders. It’s a misconception that workers from the nonprofit sector can’t provide measurable accomplishments because of the lack of “for profit” financial results. Every job in every field has its measure of success.

Examples:

  • Coordinated capital campaign that raised $200K and enabled organization to purchase a four-bedroom home for a new independent-living program.
  • Authored proposal and won contract for 200-bed day care center.
  • Cut overhead by 12 percent -– saving $650K annually -– through comprehensive cost-saving initiatives.


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