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How to Work At A Non-Profit and Why

Job satisfaction has been linked to so many aspects of overall life happiness. Working for a non-profit can be a great way to feel like you are making a big difference. Here are a few reasons why working at a non-profit could be a great job choice.


You will meet like-minded individuals

If you are looking to find people that think and act like you in the workplace, a non-profit might be the place for you. There are usually a wide variety of self-motivated individuals in a non-profit organization. You will find individuals who are willing to help others before earning a large income. Making great friends might be a big reason to work at a non-profit.


Working for a non-profit can be a great way to get a start in your industry

The problem with getting started in your industry is that it can be tough to land a job without very much job experience. Working for a non-profit could be a great way to get your foot in the door and learn the ropes in your chosen industry. A great first job right out of college could be working at a non-profit.


This will be more than a regular 9-5 job

Instead of focusing your resume writing on a specific job application you’re filling out, change the focus to be on making your resume help you attract a job that will make you feel fulfilled. If you are tired of the mundane 9-5 cubicle life, you may really enjoy working for a non-profit. This new challenge will help you tackle social issues that you may not be able to help within a normal corporate setting. Seeing the fruits of your labors on a regular basis can be difficult with your basic corporate job. When working with a non-profit, it can be easy to see the changes that you are making on a regular basis.


A non-profit career might be a great fit for you

There is a great deal of flexibility that you can have when you are pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector. Moving from company to company in order to make your impact most relevant is easier than shifting from corporation to corporation. Non-profits understand that you should be where you are most needed. If you are looking for this type of flexibility, the non-profit sector might be right for you.


You will be helping people everyday

Helping people is a reward that can make any income feel like a C-level salary. If you love to be hands-on with the people you are helping, working with a non-profit can be a great choice for you. Even if you aren't interacting with the people you are helping every day, you will be able to rest assured knowing that your efforts are helping people now and for years to come. The changes that you are able to help make in a non-profit can sometimes even impact generations.


There may be an opportunity to work in upper-management

It is much easier to get a position in upper-management when you are working in a non-profit. This can give you a leadership position that will help you learn skills you would not be able to in a normal corporate setting. It is much harder to climb the corporate ladder than it is to get a management position in a non-profit organization.



These are just a few of the many reasons why working at a non-profit could be a great job choice for you. If you never work in the nonprofit sector, you may never know if this is a good fit for you. Try taking a job at a non-profit and see if it is right for you. This could be a career shift that makes all the difference for you.


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