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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940069598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940069596
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This manual is laid out logically and is easy to use.
Gabriela Cipollone
This book is thorough and is a must have for anyone new to the nonprofit world who wants to be informed and has a desire to advance.
Aaron M. Kinchen
It was really nice to read about someone who is actually doing what I want to do with my life.
R. Tollefson

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Miller on June 10, 2008
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I do hate all career guide books.

Except this one. Short. Focused. Keeping it real. And no worksheets.

As an executive working for top Human Resources management in a Fortune 100 company, I have read many career guides. And I have been asked to recommend career guides by concerned friends, usually for their kids. And they are all padded, boring, time-wasting books. Especially the ones with tests and worksheets. Did I mention I hate worksheets?

Here is a book based on a special perspective -- Shelly Cryer is a professional who is in the streets 24/7 with the real people who really know what it takes to work in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert communicator, and impatient to get her ideas across to you -- you'll feel like she is talking to you as a best friend with inside information as you read. And it is a pleasure to finally read a book not filled with true, but tired tropes about networking and how to inflate your resume.

This book is down in the trenches where a good first impression counts, but communicating accurately and tersely gets you noticed. Nonprofits after all have to do more with less, and that includes less time for fluff. Here are two examples which I know to be true from experience, and have never seen in another career book: Do not use the static-ridden, dead-voice cell phone for outreach, stick with a conventional land-line for important calls to get your human nuances across. And here is a big clue, email is a great way to communicate instantly, but do not take any less time crafting your email than you would a serious business letter. How true; email's spontaneous nature seems to sap politeness and logical structure from so many communications I get.

The index. This book has an index.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Courtney on July 20, 2008
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I never thought I would review a career guide, but this one deserves it. As a student, I found this guide to be indispensable. Not only does it thoroughly cover the non-profit sector, but it also offers advice and insights that can be applied to any sector.

Cryer begins by profiling the sector and highlighting future trends. Notable is the observation that salary in the nonprofit sector depends on field of work and size of organization--in certain fields, nonprofit pay is higher on average than that of their private or public sector counterparts. Furthermore, as the sector grows in prominence, more attention is being paid to salary as a means of recruiting talent. Other trends include a growing need for leadership and increased diversity. The meat of the book is in lively chapters covering sector subsections (arts, education, health international, etc.) and job functions (management, communications, development, consulting, etc.). Its snapshots of different people working in the industry provide a good sense of what to expect from the different avenues the sector has to offer.

This book made me see my career options in a new (and organized!) light.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gabriela Cipollone on August 6, 2008
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Shelly Cryer has compiled a useful tool for college students who are examining their options following graduation. The Non-Profit Career Guide - how to land a job that makes a difference, serves as a nuts and bolts directory that can prove useful for entry into the world of Not for Profit organizations. This manual is laid out logically and is easy to use. The appendix and endnotes are of particular help to first-time job-seekers or even those making a career change. A must have for your Career Guide Reference Collection!

Gabriela A. Cipollone
Reference Librarian, Iona College
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Tollefson on December 6, 2008
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As a recent high school graduate, I felt I was having a small mid-life
crisis. I knew vaguely what I wanted to do with my life, I suppose: I knew I wanted to help people who really needed it. However, I had no idea what my job would actually entail, or how to go about getting my foot in the door. The more I tried to research my options, the more I realized that the career I want is one that is not discussed to any great extent, let alone one that is the focus of great self-help books. The books that I could find were difficult to read, and weren't really aimed at people like me who are just beginning the job hunting game. And then, luckily, I flipped through Shelly Cryer's book "The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to land a job that makes a difference". This book was different from the others I'd read in that it seemed to be geared towards a less knowledgeable audience-students like myself who know they want to help people on a personal level, but don't know much more than that. The "Career Guide" was easy for me to read and follow, but still gave valuable information. Most of my general questions about working in the non-profit sector were addressed in the very first chapter of the book. Even a question that I felt a little guilty even considering; namely, "Yes, it's great that I want to be a part of this sector, but how will I earn money to support myself in the process?". After my basic questions were cleared up, I felt free to flip around the rest of the guide and consult the chapters that I felt were most relevant to me. My favorite features of the book were the 19 profiles of actual people who work in the non-profit sector. It was really nice to read about someone who is actually doing what I want to do with my life.
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