Introduction:Trying to get a job as a grant writer but have little grant writing experience? Here are tips to improve a Grant writing resume for the beginner.
Unless fictional writing is the only type of writing you have done, avoid putting to much focus on fictional writing experience. While grant writing does require some creativity, grant writing is a form of technical writing. Try to highlight your writing experience in technical and business writing instead.
The profit business and non profit business can be a different as night and day. If a non profit is willing to hire a inexperienced grant writer they will probably do more so if the applicant has some knowledge of the non profit industry. Even if you have to refer back to years ago or volunteer experience, make sure to include such information in your resume if it applies.
Show the non profit your passions in life by highlighting volunteer work. While including unrelated forms of volunteer work on a resume for the profit world would be unprofessional, most forms of volunteer work would be good to show on a resume to a non profit. Just use your head on this and do not go over board.
Highlight any classes taken, workshops attended or other educational experiences you may have that would show knowledge in fund raising, technical writing, non profit and/or grant writing.
When choosing references to apply for a grant writer job, thing about who can highlight your experiences in writing, information gathering, public speaking, project management and/or researching. If possible choose at least one reference that works in a non profit or has a lot of non profit experience. If you have gained some experience of grant writing by volunteering with grant writers at a nonprofit, be sure to use them as a reference if possible.
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