Matching non-profit jobs with your skills

If you are looking for employment, matching your skills with the jobs you are inquiring about is important. Matching your skills with any nonprofit jobs you find falls into this category.

Using Unseen Skills

There are many skills which can fit into nonprofit work which are not always used by other jobs you might have had.

  • Cooking - everything from soup kitchens to food pantries to camps and shelters makes use of cooking skills.
  • Listening - you would be surprised how many nonprofit groups have listening as a skill of major importance
  • Handyman or maintenance - having an in-house repair option is always on the list of nonprofit organizations for cost reasons.
  • Computer - in today's technology, having someone who can work on and around computers is a must for most nonprofits.
  • Writing and Research - everything from grant writing to promotional brochures to policy manuals is covered in this category and more.
  • Pet care - people who are good with animals are always in demand for many organizations which deal with animals on a regular basis
  • Child care - another area which is often overlooked but is very much in demand with many nonprofit groups
  • Office - office and administrative duties are just as much a part of the nonprofit workplace as in other areas.
  • Organizational - if you can organize people or things quickly and effectively you can find work in the voluntary sector.
  • People skills - nonprofits are always on watch for people who can interact effectively with other people. Public Relations and raising awareness are two of the biggest activities of most nonprofit groups

Those are just some of the many skills used by nonprofit organizations. If you brainstorm all of the skills you have, there is most likely a way of matching your skills to a nonprofit job. But what if you don't have many skills which match? Nonprofit jobs can also aid in gaining new skills.

Gaining New Skills

Matching job skills with people is another nonprofit method of filling positions. If there is someone who sees potential in you, you may be asked to try different jobs. This will be very helpful in acquiring new skills and building confidence. There are four general categories which nonprofits depend on.

  • Office skills - office administration, bookkeeping, writing, telephone skills and use of computers
  • People skills - listening, motivation, organizing, inspiring, encouragement and others.
  • Practical skills - nursing, housekeeping, teaching, decorating, car maintenance, photography and more.
  • Initiative - for some organizations, you are needed to raise funds and support before you are able to work within the organization. The reason behind this is that this shows persistence, organization, prioritizing, the ability to set and meet goals and other needed skills.

While your goal is to match your skills with a nonprofit job; the nonprofit organization is attempting to fill vacancies with who they feel is able to do the job. If you have an opportunity to use your skills, you should take it. If you have a chance to learn new skills, or improve on others, take that as well as this can only improve your employment options.