While searching for a job, it can be frustrating to find a position that seems interesting, exciting, and for a good cause, but requires a bit more experience than you have. Nashay, a member of the Idealist.org – Job Seekers group on LinkedIn, recently asked the following question:
I’d like to work in fundraising/development, but I don’t have any specific experience in this field. Should I begin by writing grants for my own creative projects to get experience? Are there other ways to approach the field? Is there anyone here who writes grants for a living that can give me specific advice?
Community members responded by encouraging Nashay to take a development internship or volunteer position to gain hands-on experience, or ask her contacts if they need help with fundraising and learn from people she already knows.
What advice do you have? Have you been in this position before? How did you gain experience?
Do you need advice or have a job question for our community? Send them to Kimberly@Idealist.org!