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Video Resumes for Non-Profit Jobs

Non-profit work can be incredibly rewarding and often very competitive. Non-profit organizations (NPO) can offer competitive benefits- especially larger multi-national NPOs- the ability for promotion, and the chance to do good as your full-time job. With that in mind, we present some reasons to consider utilizing video resumes for jobs with non-profit organizations.

Given the increased competition for non-profit jobs, starting off with a video resume may just be the secret to getting your name out from the pile. Since it’s still a relatively new concept, less people applying will have video resumes. That alone will automatically set you apart from the crowd. In your job search it’s vital to get noticed, and if you don’t know someone at the company to talk to the hiring committee or HR professional on your behalf, using a video resume is another excellent way to get noticed.

Furthermore, demonstrating an understanding of new technology will help you get noticed by non-profits, many of whom may be understaffed and underfunded. Being able to create videos with an understanding of various equipment is vital with many NPOs. Due to personnel and budgetary constraints, smaller non-profits often employ utility players who can carry out a number of different tasks.

Finally, you can show potential employers right off the bat your strong personality by creating a video resume. NPOs require employees to be outgoing and have strong voices to help solicit donations and get the organization’s message across to a wide variety of potential donors. You will be a face of a very worthy cause, at least to the individuals you meet with and within your own circle. Therefore, it’s vital you be outgoing and friendly- both of which come across better through a video resume than on paper.

Video resumes are great tools for people looking to snag non-profit jobs. They allow you to shine and get noticed, showing potential employers why you are perfect for the position. So for the next non-profit position you see, think outside the box and try a video resume.

Do you think recording a video resume would help in gaining non-profit jobs? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.