The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers

by Meg Busse, Steven Joiner

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Interested in exploring opportunities for meaningful work in the nonprofit sector?

The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers is a comprehensive resource for emerging professionals pursuing their first position in the nonprofit sector. Whether you are a current student, a recent graduate, or someone entering the workforce for the first time, this book will provide you with indispensable advice, relevant strategies, and nonprofit-specific resources to strengthen your job search. Written by nonprofit career experts, The Idealist Guide is designed to be easily accessible and convenient to read.

Topics Include:

• Why Nonprofit?
• Mastering a Job Search
• Self and Career Assessment
• Networking Strategies
• Job Search Tools
• Evaluating Organizational Culture
• Interviews and First Impressions
• Negotiating the Best Deal
• Myths and Facts About Nonprofits
• Nonprofit Speak 101

Written by the staff of with guest sections by other nonprofit experts. is the leading organization in the field of nonprofit careers. runs the website where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps to turn their good intentions into action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933512204
Publisher: West Hills Press
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 252
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Meg Busse has been the High School and College Coordinator for since early 2007. Along with creating resources like The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers, she works with career professionals and guidance counselors to connect students with opportunities in the nonprofit sector. She also presents at conferences across the country on a variety of nonprofit-related topics. Before joining the Idealist team, Meg earned her B.A. in English from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA and went on to work as an educator and coach in independent schools on the East and West Coasts. She has been an active participant in the nonprofit sector for as long as she can remember. Meg currently lives in Portland, OR, and she serves on the board of directors for the nonprofit environmental arts magazine The Bear Deluxe, writes curricula for educational organizations, and continues to edit and write grants for several local and national nonprofits. These experiences have provided an incredibly deep appreciation for the vision, passion, and dedication of those who work in the nonprofit sector, as well as a firm belief in the potential for change that underlies it all.

Steven Joiner joined the Nonprofit Careers Team as the Mid-Career Transitions Coordinator in 2007. He develops resources for professionals interested in transitioning from for-profit and government careers into the nonprofit sector. He has a background in teaching both in the United States and abroad, in subjects including high school English, reading skills, intercultural business strategies, and special education. Steven has a B.A. in Secondary English Education from North Carolina State University and an M.A. in International Adult Educational Development from San Francisco State University. Steven has written on subjects including the ancient sport of Sumo, international travel, classical literature, and learning styles. A lifelong learner and a career professional who has dipped his toes in many sectors, Steven finds the nonprofit sector to be the best fit (by far).

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