I talked with a job seeker recently who has an advanced degree, marketable expertise and years of experience in his profession. He’s smart, articulate and writes a good letter. But still, he struck out.
At job search? No, at landing a volunteer gig. “I can’t even give my services away,” he commented.
Non-response from nonprofits has become a common theme in conversations I’ve had with potential volunteers.
What’s a volunteer to do? The first step is psychological: Remember that those who need your help the most will likely have the worst hiring processes. The other steps are strategic. Nonprofits, like every other employer, have criteria for their workers. You’ll need to tackle the problem as you would a job search:
Amy Lindgren owns Prototype Career Service, a career consulting firm in St. Paul, Minn. She can be reached at email@example.com or at 626 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.