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Make note of these special considerations when seeking nonprofit positions.

General Considerations

Nonprofit organizations usually have a strong passion and commitment to be of service to others. Therefore, formal job search documents such as resumes and cover letters may have more of a personal touch as opposed to being more formal and business-like.

For faith-based nonprofit positions, it is more than acceptable for the applicant to talk about God in the summary portion of the resume or the context of a cover letter. Additionally, faith-based organizations may require the signing of a statement of faith during the interview process. 

When seeking and applying for pastoral positions, you can provide a photo of you and your family on your resume as a courtesy to the church. Note: such photos are generally only welcomed, expected, and appropriate for church pastoral positions.

Salary Considerations

When pursuing a nonprofit position (whether faith-based or not), it's important to note that salary negotiations are likely to be very different from that of a more corporate position. You may find the salaries of nonprofit positions to be lower than equivalent positions in the for-profit sector. As noted by their designation, nonprofit organizations are not in the business to make a profit; rather, furthering their cause is more important to them. As such, many nonprofits' funds are generated by donations, which means their resources are more limited as it pertains to salary. In general, most people are not pursuing a nonprofit job in hopes of a lucrative salary. Nonprofit work usually attracts individuals who resonate emotionally and spiritually with a given organization's intent and purpose, as nonprofits typically exist to serve a specific community or people group.

That being said, if offered a position at a nonprofit, there's often not much room to negotiate salary, but you will want to to the extent that you can. Keep in mind, too, that even if there is not much room for salary negotiation, there may be room for negotiating other types of non-monetary benefits.