How To Create An Ideal Non-profit Or For-profit Resume

By Brittany Stinocher

When pursuing a new job, the first step is to revise your resume, not just update, but also make clear why your skills and background make you the perfect candidate.

The overall objective of a resume is to clearly identify your educational background, individual successes, previous job titles, and any other valuable experiences. The resume should be roughly a single page, which is concise and easy to read.

According to findings from The Chronicle of Philanthropy, individuals that manage or recruit for charities say that a non-profit resume not differ extremely from a for-profit resume.

Richard M. King, President of Kittleman & Associates, a Chicago company that recruits employees for non-profit organizations, shared tips on what a he believes should be on a resume.

Educational background: Begin with your undergraduate and doctorate degrees, in chronological order of year completed. If you have a two-year degree or no degree, you should instead start with your volunteer experience and put your highest education earned after “a business brief”.

Volunteer experience: This part of the resume shows reliability as a non-profit or for-profit job candidate. Here, you should highlight your titles, accomplishments, responsibilities, and promotions in your volunteer work.

Transferable skills: Any skills that you attained while working in the for-profit or non-profit world are also important. You should emphasize these transferable skills, as they can show your well-rounded capabilities.

A business brief: This is where you can share your previous jobs that are relevant to the position you are seeking. You can include company names, job titles, and dates you held those positions.

References: When listing references on a resume for a non-profit or for-profit job, you should include references from either sector that tailor to the job you are applying to. This allows for the recruiter to contact a colleague that knows your character or work habits from that specific profit sector.

volunteer_headerOverall, the most important part of your resume according to non-profit or for-profit recruiters would be volunteer experience. The first thing that a recruiter for non-profit or for-profit organization reviews is your volunteer experience. If nothing is listed under volunteer experience, your resume can be overlooked and put in the recycling bin.

If you haven’t donated much time, try learning about organizational and administrative issues within a specific charity you may be interested in working with one day.

Having a passion for charitable work is wonderful, however passion isn’t enough to earn you a job in today’s society. The mere fact that you have a resume and volunteer experience can land you a position in the non-profit or for-profit sector.




Brittany Stinocher is a junior at the University of Iowa who is studying Journalism & Mass Communication and currently working on receiving a certificate in Fundraising & Philanthropy Communication. She is very passionate about the nonprofit world and hopes to someday work for a nonprofit sports organization.


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