Idealist.org provides two useful guidebooks that are free to download. They contain great general information about the sector (what makes a nonprofit a nonprofit), and practical information about how to land the job of your dreams.
- Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers: A resource for transitioning professionals pursuing new career options in the nonprofit sector.
- Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for First-time Job Seekers: A resource for emerging professionals pursuing their first position in the nonprofit sector.
Another great Chicago resource is NPO.net. This is the largest nonprofit job board in Illinois, and it is free for job seekers.
To learn more information about the Chicago nonprofit community, join the Axelson Center's Greater Chicago Nonprofit Gateway. This is a free web portal that provides job listings, nonprofit tips, news and much more.