4 Tips for Professional Advancement in Your Nonprofit

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Your organization recently announced an open or new position. After reviewing the requirements, you believe you are an excellent fit for this position. How do you boost your chances of getting this promotion?

From preparation to after the interview, several steps can benefit an internal candidate. In Nonprofit Careers: Tips for Moving Up in Your Organization, Bridgespan provides tips on getting that promotion. Check out these four tips on advancing in your nonprofit.

I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. –Jon Stewart

 

Be Prepared.

Prepare for the position as you would with a new employer. Don’t take for granted that you will get the job because you are an internal candidate. Update your resume and prepare notes for the interview.


Interview.

Ask to interview for the position. This extra step shows that you are serious about the promotion and responsibility.
Build your case on why you are the best fit for the position. Document your past success in the organization. Provide the needed details of each project along with the challenges and solution you came up with.Make your case.

 

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Don’t Play Politics.

Don’t ask favors from influential board members or employees. Use objective criteria and past experience to show why you are an ideal candidate for the position.

 

Whether or not you get the position, be gracious. Your organization is searching for the right candidate for the right position. Use this opportunity to improve your professional development and gain skills.

 

Want to take charge of your professional development in an easy way? Participate in webinars to learn about new skills, trends, or tools that can make you more valuable to your organization or more marketable in a job search. Or listen to podcasts during your subway or train commute or during your lunch hour. There are a multitude of ongoing professional development tools that are at your disposal!

 

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James Zackal is a writer, music enthusiast, and Netflix addict. A graduate student at California University of Pennsylvania pursuing a Master of Business Administration, he is a Writer with New Place Collaborations, LLC, in Pittsburgh and Marketing Support with Web Strategies in Winchester.