Ashley Putnam 7 posts
Ashley has worked for 5+ years recruiting staff for domestic and international organizations aimed at finding effective solutions to poverty. She currently serves as Fellowship Director for The Work First Foundation, where she manages a program that connects recent graduates with work in urban poverty and public policy. Ashley began her work in career counseling at America Works, where she counseled low-income clients on resume writing and job search in New York. She later worked as Community Engagement Manager for Mercado Global in Guatemala, where she organized internship programs and oversaw private fundraising. Ashley graduated from Barnard College in 2006 with a B.A. in Anthropology. Read more of Ashley’s career tips and advice at or follow her on twitter @AshleyAPutnam

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What’s the deal with background checks?

We’ve gotten quite a few questions from readers about background checks: what they are and how, if at all, can job seekers prepare for them. To tackle this question, Ashley Putnam—recruiter and nonprofit director—shares some advice below. You’ve done two rounds of interviews, met several staff members, and had your resume discussed a thousand times. […]


Beyond passion: How to gain experience that will make you irresistible to nonprofits

This is the inevitable catch-22 many young professionals face: how can I get experience if I need experience first?


Tips from a hiring manager: How college grads can break into the nonprofit sector

Graduation season is here! So we’re sharing tips on how college grads can find great careers that give back. Be sure to follow the series. If you are ready to search for a great opportunity, explore the 17,000+ nonprofit, social enterprise, and government jobs and internships on And if you want to connect with […]