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TOP 5 FIELD: NONPROFIT SECTOR

Landing an encore career in the nonprofit sector is about more than your specific skills and expertise. It’s also about your passion. Are you committed to the mission of the organization? Do you have a track record of giving back to your community?

Past experience at a nonprofit isn’t the only way to build credibility. You can volunteer, serve on a board or network, too. And if you’ve already held jobs in this sector but want to reposition yourself, the same advice holds true.

Find out how to:

Land a nonprofit job in tough times
Turn volunteering into a job
Finance your transition into the nonprofit sector

GOING FROM CORPORATE TO NONPROFIT WORK

Thinking about getting off the corporate ladder and moving into nonprofit work? The good news is that many nonprofits are in need of marketing, management and other business skills. But positioning yourself for a new sector can be tough. Check out:

Idealist.org’s comprehensive guide on making the switch
Advice on transitioning from the corporate to the nonprofit sector
A new concept – Encore Fellowships – is designed to make the transition a lot easier

TIPS ON RESUMES, COVER LETTERS, INTERVIEWS

Switching from the corporate to the nonprofit sector calls for different job-hunting strategies.

Retool your resume and cover letter for the nonprofit sector
Discover how to shine during a nonprofit interview
Learn how to answer 10 tough questions during an interview

STRIKING OUT ON YOUR OWN

Got a great idea for a new nonprofit that solves an unmet need in the community? Want to be a consultant or independent contractor?

Learn more about to how get started
Be inspired by other social entrepreneurs
Listen to nonprofit founder Duncan Campbell talk about what it takes (podcast)

NONPROFIT TALENT GAP

A labor economist predicts that there will be at least 5 million potential job vacancies in the next 10 years in the U.S., nearly half of them (2.4 million) in social sector jobs in education, health care, government and nonprofit organizations. More >

The talent gap in the nonprofit sector isn’t news. In 2005 a Bridgespan study found that 640,000 new nonprofit leaders will be needed by 2016, primarily due to boomer retirements and growth of the nonprofit sector. More >

TOP 5 ENCORE JOB FIELDS

Learn more about how to find work in these fields.

  1. Education
  2. Health care
  3. Environment
  4. Government
  5. Nonprofit

SOCIAL NETWORKING

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ENCORE FELLOWSHIPS

A bridge to a new stage of work, Encore Fellowships are paid, yearlong positions for people who want to shift from midlife careers to encore careers.

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JUMP-START YOUR ENCORE CAREER

The Get Started Guide offers expert advice, tips and success stories about how to pursue encore careers.

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THE BENEFITS OF A MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKFORCE

Unlike any other time in history, people from four generations are on the job together. Encore.org, with support from MetLife Foundation, commissioned three essays exploring today’s multigenerational workforce.