Did you know that the number of jobs in the non-profit sector is growing at a faster rate than those in the private sector? According to the Non-profit Employment Practices Survey, 2016, there was a projected growth of 57 percent in employment positions in non-profit organizations compared to the private sector, which was projected to grow at 36 percent.
In 2017, fewer non-profit organizations downsized their staff compared to 2016. Most workers in the non-profit sector, today, work in education, direct services, and community outreach.
The following are the reasons why you should consider getting a job in a non-profit organization:
If Actively Searching
There is no better time to include non-profit organizations on the target list for your job search. You may not have worked with a non-profit organization before. However, with sales, marketing, operations, and finance, you can easily fit into a fundraising role.
Highlight all the previous experience with a non-profit, whether membership, board work, or volunteer role. You can start now by researching specific organizations and the entire sector. That way, you can get to know the trends, culture, and mission of the non-profit sector.
If You Want a Career Change
If you are looking for a career change, it is good to start by getting hands-on experience. The non-profit sector is a great place to start. Find a freelance, unpaid or permanent positions that are related to the type of career change you need to have.
For instance, a fundraising position will prepare you to become a great sales agent. A finance-related job, on the other hand, will prepare you for a career change into financial services. Whatever your interests, nonprofit jobs are always a good way of getting real-world experience, no matter what your chosen field is.
If You Want a Job in the Private Sector
There is no confusion here. The non-profit sector is growing so tremendously that it is bound to impact the private sector. You can start by getting a non-profit job. With time, you will have enough experience to enable you to get a job in the private sector.
A number of private sector organizations work with non-profit clients. For example, a bank which can hire you as the liaison person between them and their non-profit customers. That is for the simple reason that you have a working understanding of the operations in non-profits.
If you want to supply good to non-profits
Are you planning to start selling to non-profits? It is always great to start by working for non-profits. That way, you will be able to gain experience to enable you to provide accounting, marketing, recruiting, and other services. It will be much easier for you to engage in cross-promotion or joint events if you have a working knowledge of the sector.
The non-profit sector is expected to grow by leaps and bounds over the next few years. Anyone with a business targeting these organizations is bound to reap big. So why don’t you get some working experience in this sector before you start your business?
Now you have no reason for giving the non-profit sector a wide berth in your job search.