Not Closing Interviews

Case 1

A director in the non­profit space lands a new role at her target organization with an 80% salary increase.

“I definitely made the right choice with Diana. What I loved about her was the confidence that she exuded. I just thought that anyone who’s like this is someone I want to work with. In our lives, we run into a lot of naysayers who prevent us from embracing our confidence. It was so helpful to have her motivating me, helping me realize my value, and giving me practical strategies to make sure I got the job I deserved.” (Shannon)

What was your situation prior to entering the coaching program?

My Bachelor’s degree is in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from the University of Maryland. I also hold a Masters degree in Jewish Studies. From there, I decided to enter the Jewish non­profit world head on. Between college and graduate school, I did some international work and gained core experience with donors and fundraising. After I finished my Master’s, I transitioned back to a more fundraising­oriented role and was responsible for large­scale campaigns with key stakeholders.

As a Director, I had reached a point in my career where I wasn’t moving up and increasing my responsibilities at an engaging rate. This started to drain on me so I began to put out feelers. I reached out to a few organizations and received a positive response, which encouraged me to expand my job search outside of my state.

What steps did you take to differentiate your job application?

The first thing we did was narrow down my search. When I came to Diana, I was being considered for both fundraising and education roles. They were all in the Jewish world but they encompassed very different aspects. Diana helped me focus on what it was I wanted so that I could target my application.

Working with Diana made me realize my true value, which is something you need to hear from somebody else. This made me aware that I shouldn’t accept less than what I’m really worth in my job search. Being able to clearly articulate my value throughout
my interview also made me come across as more polished and clear in my messaging.

I definitely made the right choice going with Diana. What I loved about her was the confidence that she exuded. I just thought that anyone who’s like this is someone I want to work with. In our lives, we run into a lot of naysayers who prevent us from embracing our confidence. It was so helpful to have her motivating me while giving me practical strategies to help make sure I got the job I deserved.

What was your success coming out of your coaching sessions?

I landed a new role at one of my target organizations and an 80% salary increase!

Do you have any advice for other professionals in similar positions?

You need a refresher before you can succeed in today’s job search, and for me that came from working with Diana. You can’t interview the same way you did ten years ago because it’s just not going to work anymore. It’s a much tougher market and you have to be even more on your game because you don’t get a second chance.

My advice for those seeking non­profit roles is two­fold: you need to distinguish yourself, and you need to be excited about the job and the possibilities it entails. By highlighting your top skills and enthusiasm, you’ll be able to prove that you’re the most effective choice for an organization. The non­profit market is competitive, so it’s important that you go above and beyond to differentiate yourself and target your applications.