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Career Planning and Job Seeker Advice

Depending on where you are in your job search, you may want to start at a broad level and find basic tools and checklists. This website covers a variety of job seeking topics as well as suggestions and very specific checklists covering anything from resume templates to career research resources:

Degree and Professional Development | Training and Professional Development | Volunteer Options | Job Posting Sites | Career Centers

Preparing for a Nonprofit Career

If you are thinking about a career switch into nonprofit management, this article offers a wealth of information and perhaps a red flag on the difficulties of leadership roles in the sector. Before you apply for jobs, if you are transitioning from business to nonprofit, heed the advice of this career coach: 5-Mistakes To Avoid If You Want a Nonprofit Job.

If you are looking for information to tell you what the comparable salaries and benefits are for executives and dozens of other common positions, the definitive guide, the Nonprofit Wage and Benefit Survey, is developed by Archbright. The data is primarily from King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties, but includes other WA State counties as well.

Degree and Certificate Programs

You can find colleges with degrees focusing on the non-profit sector and public administration on this websites:

In Washington State, there are several academic programs that prepare people for leadership roles in the nonprofit sector. Some, like at Seattle University, are stand alone programs. Others are offerings within business schools, and still other academic options are provided within public administration programs, like at the University of Washington. There are also related programs at Highline Community College, Antioch University, Bellevue College and Northeastern University.  and Check out options in the Educational Programs & Resource Centers category, or area of expertise, on our Consultants & Other Nonprofit Specialists page.

Find colleges with degrees focusing on the non-profit sector and government.  The resources for job postings, career resources and networking may be more specific or a good addition to what you might find in centralized university career center websites:

Training and Professional Development

Are you missing certain skills or experience that you feel are holding you back in advancement in your career?

Classes are also available for your development. Once you determine what skills you are missing, try to find courses that will add to your experience.

Volunteer Options

Volunteering demonstrates your interest, your drive and your resourcefulness. It can help you develop skills and also give you experience that comes in handy when you are doing an interview .

There are both national and local websites  that list volunteer opportunities:

Join organizations that can help you have a stronger resume and provide you with resources. Some resources are available without membership, and not all memberships are costly. Research them and know that the value of networking and information gained by attending meetings and other events will likely help with your career seeking at some level.

Applying for a Nonprofit Job

CommonGood Careers' Knowledge Center offers a rich collection of resources for finding and applying for jobs, both for nonprofit veterans or people looking to transition into the nonprofit sector.

This website helps with anything from resume and cover letter to specific steps for moving your career forward. Of particular note here is the discussion of creating your personal brand in the article: “Career in Motion...How to get things moving in the right directions."

Job Posting Sites

Nonprofit jobs are listed on the major job sites.

  • Indeed
  • Idealist
  • Linked In
  • Craig's List
  • Monster

Career Centers

Most colleges and universities have open career center websites filled with career guidance and advice, job postings, career research ideas and templates for resumes and cover letters. Use these types of sites to see what skills and experience employers and non-profits are looking for. You can use some of this specific material, as well as learn relevant information that can be used later in interviews as well.


The Association of Fundraising Professionals has a AFP Career Center as well.