I am a consultant with many years of experience with mission-driven organizations, higher education institutions, and other public sector orgs (e.g., public libraries, museums). I have a range of skills from rigorous data analysis to client management and relationship-building. In the past, I raised significant amounts of money for nonprofits and grew membership ors and associations. I am very proud of my work.
So why do I always feel bad when potential employers ask me if I've ever had any corporate clients? I've had a handful in healthcare and financial services. But most of my proudest and most complex projects have been with large public sector orgs. I get the sense that people in the corporate sector think that nonprofit work isn't serious. That these are not businesses. All of which is not true.
I think I'm doing a poor job of telling the story of how my skills are transferable and how I could be successful consulting for corporate clients.
Does anyone have any good resources for folks who are seeking to transition from nonprofit to corporate work and need help in telling their story?