Writing a resume for a nonprofit job is not that different from writing one for any other job. For either sector, your resume should be an easy-to-read, concise summary that shows why your skills and experience make you the best person for that job.

However, many nonprofit employers also like to see examples of giving back to society, like volunteering, serving on a board, or working for a nonprofit. This may be especially true if the nonprofit job that you want is not related to your professional experience.

"People choose to go into the nonprofit field because they want to do something more than just making money...So the underlying question is, 'Why have you decided that your goal is no longer to make money?'" says Richard M. King, a nonprofit recruiter and author of From Making a Profit to Making a Difference: How to Launch Your New Career in Nonprofits (River Forest, IL: Planning/Communications, 2000).

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