Last week, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at my alma mater’s Nonprofit Administration class. The students were awesome, enthusiastic and dynamic. I felt I was prepared for the talk (after all, nonprofits are one of my favorite topics) but one question stumped me: “What do you know now that you wish you knew before entering the field?” I paused, not wanting to deliver a flippant response, and eventually replied that I wished I had considered the culture of the organizations I applied to when I first completed my degree more carefully, rather than blanketing every place with 501(c)3 status with my résumé. I definitely had a “please hire me” vibe rather than “show me how my skills will be put to the best use”, and the stink of desperation undoubtedly put me out of the running in more than one situation.
While that was a perfectly honest answer, I realized later that I should have said, “I wish I had a game plan for advancing in the field once I entered it.” If the book How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar had been available before now, I would have avoided that pitfall.
Written by Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris, How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar offers 50 tips for those who have been in the sector for more than a minute but find themselves stuck, frustrated and envious of celebrated colleagues who seemingly have the Midas Touch. As the authors reveal, those folks you admire are in no way better than you; it’s simply because “the most successful nonprofit careers are marked by a proactive approach to professional growth and leadership development.” If you read this book and follow the advice within, you will soon find yourself joining their ranks.
- Learn How to Raise Money
- Build Your Own Frankenmentor
- Stop Trying to Be Two Different People
- Cultivate a Slash Career
- Fall Back in Love with Your Job
- Get Paid What You Are Worth
- Ditch the Martyr Lifestyle
- Run with the Big Dogs
If Shelly Cryer’s The Nonprofit Career Guide is the definitive how-to book for entering the nonprofit sector, How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is the quintessential style guide, providing step-by-step instructions on how to design a fulfilling, sustainable and creatively challenging career.