Service Manager Allyson Schneider knows what it takes to
succeed in the nonprofit sector. She sees hundreds of resumes
and speaks to dozens of talented individuals pursuing careers
in the nonprofit sector each week. Find out what she thinks
about nonprofit search, and what job candidates can do to
stand out from the crowd.
Q: What's the typical day like in the life of a Service
Manager at Commongood Careers?
A: Every day is split between managing candidates and
managing organizations around the search process. I'm
currently working on about seven positions with our nonprofit
partners. Since every organization has its own culture, I
spend time getting to know each partner, including visiting
them in person. In working with candidates, I conduct many
phone screens each week for specific positions, and also work
with candidates to steer them towards positions that fit with
their experiences and backgrounds.
Q: What drew you to this position?
A: I wanted to work for the nonprofit sector at large, not
just one particular organization. My current role is a great
way to gain insight into how a lot of organizations work and
what makes them tick. I'm really interested in what sort of
people nonprofits need to be productive and sustainable. As a
part-time business school student, it is exciting to be part
of an entrepreneurial organization like Commongood Careers.
I've already seen the organization grow and expand, which is
really exciting to me.
Q: What's exciting to you about the nonprofit sector
A: Many nonprofits today are breaking unfounded stereotypes,
such as nonprofits are inefficient and poorly managed, or
made up of people lacking business sense. The organizations I
work with at Commongood Careers are smart, well-educated, and
understand how to make a business run. They are looking for
like-minded people to join them. There has been a huge shift
in the kind of people that work in the sector, especially
more MBAs and people from management consulting.
Q: What advice do you have for nonprofit jobseekers?
A: When I talk to candidates, I tell them that there's a lot
more than just having good experience on paper. I think
what's most important is having strong interviewing skills,
such as being really engaged with the interviewer, and well
educated about the organization. Having energy and confidence
can really make a candidate stand out too. Be able to
articulate why you think a job is the right fit. And I can't
recommend it enough: read our interview tips!
Finally, we want to work with you to make sure you are
marketing yourself well for a given position or organization.
Utilize our jobseeker services, keep looking at positions,
and check our site often. Please don't hesitate to contact us
For more information about nonprofit and socially
entrepreneurial careers, visit Commongood Careers at www.cgcareers.org.