What's in YNPN of OKC for me?

by Emily Mapes, Vice President
There are so many wonderful ways to connect with other nonprofit professionals in the OKC area. We at YNPN of OKC hope to serve a very specific group of nonprofit professionals – those with 10 years or less experience in the field.
This includes people who are just graduating college and starting their first career, or people making the switch from another sector to the nonprofit sector after a previous career in another industry.
So to be clear—your AGE isn’t particularly important! “Young” simply refers to the amount of time you’ve been in your nonprofit career. So if you’ve been in the workforce for 30 years, but only started working in the nonprofit sector 3 years ago, then YNPN of OKC is just for you!
Young Nonprofit Professionals Network is actually a national organization with 42 local chapters (including startup chapters which are still going through the official YNPN chapter approval process) throughout the United States. Between the national network and our local OKC chapter, there are lots of benefits of getting involved.
  • Building your personal network with fellow young nonprofit professionals: Besides meeting new folks at YNPN of OKC events, getting involved with...

How Networking Can Get You Hired

by Libby Boyles
As someone who was recently on the job hunt after moving to Oklahoma City, I know how hard it can be out there! I had many years of experience in the nonprofit field I was searching in, but had a very difficult time finding openings and getting interviews.
I sought out professional help with my resume and used all the tips I could find for getting hired.  It wasn’t until almost two years after my job search began that I received an offer with a wonderful nonprofit that I am very excited to be working with. So what was the answer? It all boiled down to networking.
Nonprofit hiring practices differ from the public sector in many ways, as outlined at idealist.org.  One of those ways is that nonprofit hiring managers often look internally, at their volunteer pool, or at other nonprofits when filling positions. I asked one manager why this was, and she said that due to a limited budget nonprofits sometimes cannot get additional positions approved until current employees are already overloaded. This means new employees must be able to hit the ground running. It is also believed that someone in the network of a current...

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