I'm sure others have this question, so If you feel like it, you can answer this question generally and not directly respond to my situation. I've been trying to get a nonprofit job for a couple of months, I've had a couple interviews but so far nothing has panned out.
So, my questions to the denizens of r/nonprofit:
*what are you looking for from a candidate in an interview? *
What experiences are you looking for in a candidates past?
What are the things that immediately make you think the candidate is not right for the position?
What do you love to hear from a candidate?
*As for what I am looking for: *
I would love working for a politically focused non-profit, but not in a fundraising fashion. I want to connect with people, not solicit money from them. Preferably I would like to help promote legislation or help build a coalition to get an initiative passed.
My strengths are in logistics, leadership and building group partnerships. I have experience with event planning, gathering supplies and training volunteers. I prefer a strategic approach, with contingency plans and lots of thinking ahead.
I have leadership experience working for nonprofits in the past (Boy Scouts, Homeowners' Association, that sort of thing) and I have some experience canvassing for political campaigns, although my experience is not from the area where I currently live (Seattle, WA).
The one thing I know I don't have is an overwhelming presence of optimism. I've stopped suicide attempts and prevented assaults, encouraged people to seek counseling and go to rehab but I'm a realist. I have seen family members torn apart by addiction, I've seen people taken advantage of by cults and sociopaths and I have known people that have gone without adequate medical care for years because they can’t afford it. I don’t have boundless faith in the human race, because I recognize the 'monsters' are also human.
I would love to volunteer at a nonprofit, but I can't afford it right now, with the meningeal hours I have at my current work coupled with the cost of gas. Although I live in Seattle, for the right opportunity I would be willing to move anywhere, even outside of the US.