If you identify certain organizations that you would really love to work for:
Check the organization’s web site for job postings.
Research the organization’s mission, services, products, culture and performance. In addition to their web site you might ask for their annual report, talk to current employees, clients, etc.
Find out the name, title, and telephone number of the person most likely to be doing the hiring – e.g., a department manager, the head of Human Resources, the president of a small company, the director of an agency. Look for this information on the organization’s web page, or phone/email and ask.
Organizations seek job applicants in various ways. Small nonprofits tend to look only when someone resigns or they get new funding, at which point they want to hire quickly. A good network of contacts is a vital source of information about job openings in the nonprofit sector.
Job seekers use a number of effective ways to “get their foot in the door” of an organization, such as internships, volunteer or part-time positions, temporary or contract jobs.