Oh, to be young. If any YNPs are anything like me, the nonprofit job search is daunting. I find myself jumping to the “Requirements” section of every job posting to find the dreaded “years of experience required” before getting too excited about a potential position. If a job requires three years…. I’m golden, five years…. I’ll give it a go, six-plus years.... Forget about it!
This is consistently how I would end up evaluating myself, by “years of experience.” Every employer wants experience, and so does every young job hunter! It’s a vicious cycle that has baffled me for the past 3 years – and the only thing I’m trying to do is find a job that will launch me into the nonprofit sector and give me the chance to change lives. Slowly I’ve begun to realize how much I am limiting myself by focusing on what I don’t have on my resume, as opposed to what I do. It wasn’t until the Breakfast of Champions lead by Sara Dziuk, Executive Director at College Possible Twin Cities, that I fully realized my job search method was severely flawed.Read more