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    And with a title like that, I know everyone is going to read this! I have a second job interview with a non-profit that I am really want to work for. I have to prepare a 5 minute presentation on why I am the best person for the job. Here's the tricky part...I interviewed for the same position 2 years ago and made it through to the 2nd round with, what I thought, was a kick ass presentation. I took the job description and requirements and made a powerpoint presentation with the details of the job and what I've done in the past that matches the job. So, now I need to do one better. I need help!


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    Would you mind posting the job description? That might help us give you ideas.

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      Absolutely:

      "plan and coordinate special events and fund-raising programs like golf tournaments, social events and other community programs. In addition, you will prospect and solicit corporate sponsors, coordinate volunteer events and interact with patient families."

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        Give your presentation in front of friends and/or family who will give you an honest opinion. Did you give enough specific examples? Did you give too much information? Is your voice too loud, too soft, too whiny?


        How will you dress? Seems to me like you would want to look nice but not too showy, particularly with a non-profit. And no face jewelry. Any tattoos? Cover them with clothes if possible.


        And for goodness sake, don't start talking to any of the interviewers about going primal!

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          After 15+ years in marketing, the best advice I can give is to really understand and present what the END client wants to hear, not what the actual client wants to say. What I mean is, present how you will present their message (based on what corporate sponsors, families, volunteers will respond to) to meet their objectives (raising $, achieving greater family involvement, etc). It sounds like they're looking to gauge your creativity regarding their project vs. an overview of what you've done in the past. IMHO.


          I agree with dragonmamma, too. Conservative dress is best!

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            I really wish I had some advice but I'm about as unprofessional as it comes. :P

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              Hey, Diana, I'm not dissing your tattoos or piercings; I think you're adorable!!


              But when it comes to job interviews, let's face it...individuality just doesn't cut it. You've got to wait until AFTER you get the job, then you can start showing up in Vibram Five Fingers while toting a raw hunk of meat for lunch.

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                That's ok. I figure it this way. If a company won't hire me because of my tattoos or piercings, they're not the kind of people I want to work for. I just shrug and move on.

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                  PJAP, if I understood correctly, you are expected to convince sponsors to fund events and people to assist to them. And you have to convince your prospective employers that you are fit to do all of the above.


                  My two cents:


                  - look like you really beleive in the goals of the NGO. The more you genuinely believe in them, the more naturally convincing you'll be to all the parties.

                  - identify the NGO members' tribe and make sure to look and act like you belong to it. Ie, don't wear a Versace black suit for an Oxfam interview.

                  - be clear of what your target clients are (which companies and what kind of families), and convey that UPI can empathize with both.

                  - do some research on your interviewers and the heads of the NGO. Look for little things in common with the interviewers (common sports?) and "deeper" connections with the heads (strong commitment with the fight against sweat shops).


                  Hope this helps, best of lucks.

                  “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
                  "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
                  "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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                    PJAP. . .I work in education, and I've also worked in volunteer/board status for nonprofits, and I can tell you that in addition to having great qualifications, most will want to hear about the passion you have for their mission. . .they're passionate about it (hopefully) and they want you to be also.

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                      SS, you always have spot on advice!


                      When PJAP started this thread, I got a huge grin. Just seeing how people help people, become a community. Nothing Primal here, just being friends.


                      The only thing I can add, which is really reenforcement, keep thinking from their side of the equation. Heck, maybe a PP isn't even the best thing, bring in a circus caliope, I dunno. It's a tough row to hoe, you need to stand out without being "weird."


                      Best of luck, w.

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                        Without knowing what your presentation's going to look like, it's kinda hard to give any decent feedback,... Not sure how much time you have to prep,...but if you're interested, this guy "Guy Kawasaki" is an awesome speaker and presents really well... I read his blogs and he has some good insider points on presentations and other stuff business related... it's more on the tech side cuz he's a venture capitalist that funds tech start ups...so this is kinda off topic to your request as well... but maybe it could provide some useful insights?


                        http://blog.guykawasaki.com


                        Perhaps it can give you some ideas...

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                          Lots of good advice above. My $0.02, having hired a lot of people:


                          * make sure you know what they really want, and that's often buried between the bullets of the job description. What's the problem they're trying to solve by hiring a person for this role? What's their culture like? How would this role make them look great and advance their goals?


                          * help them understand not just your experience (past) but what you'll do for them (future.) Treat the presentation as if it was a special event you were planning for them. Give them a taste of your style, your panache, and your ideas.


                          * definitely look at the Guy Kawasaki presentation info. You may not end up using all his suggestions, but he will definitely change your thinking about how to get your point across.


                          * be yourself. as interesting as the job may seem, you'll be more successful at it if you respect and enjoy your coworkers (and they you.)


                          Hope it helps.

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