As I mentioned in my previous post, I need my résumé to play up my strengths enough to overcome my shortcomings (a lack of professional non-profit experience and a skill gap for serious website development). Consequently, here are some thing I tried to highlight in the résumé:
- Activism/volunteer work:
- On behalf of New Dream (this has its own section)
- For other organizations, especially ones working on similar issues
- Projects/actions that I have started on my own (to demonstrate creativity and ability to take the initiative)
- Websites I have created or contributed to: Resources for Sustainable Weddings, World Centric, and my Alternative Wish List. (Oops, I noticed that I accidentally left the last one out of my résumé.) I think these will be a real asset on my résumé because the second website is related to New Dream's mission, while the first and third are directly relevant to the Alternative Gift Registry they will be developing this year (hopefully, with my help).
- I would like the technical part of the résumé to convey a sense of intelligence, competence, commitment, dependability, experience with large/complex/challenging projects, and an ability to learn on the job.
I have a follow-up call with New Dream's IT guy on Thursday. I have to walk a fine: while I want to present myself as being really eager for this job, and I definitely would take a full-time job with this organization after my year off, I don't want to have my year off completely cut short. My personal projects are important to me and I don't want to be forced to jump back into the full-time workforce prematurely. I think in the near term I am open to a paid contract job of fixed scope. As a last-resort fallback position, I may be willing to work on their web projects on a temporary volunteer basis, if that would sufficient limit my time commitment, or if they really don't think I have the skill set for a paid gig but would let me acquire it as a volunteer. I need to figure out how to get my foot in the door without shooting my year off in the foot, and then negotiate the terms accordingly.
Steps to prepare for the call:
- Review the Alternative Gift Registry proposal that M. emailed me
- Look at New Dream's website and try to figure out what software/tools they are using
- What web technologies do you use for the website?
- What kind of web development projects do you do in-house? What kind of projects do you contract out?
- Do you ever utilize volunteers for website development?
- What is the timeline for the Alternative Gift Registry and Conscious Consumer projects?