Your grant writer resume should include many elements to ensure that the hiring manager takes a second look. Examine these key points to develop the best resume for your application.
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Let’s start off with a definition.
According to Wikipedia, “Grant writing is the practice of completing an application process for a federal grant provided by an institution such as a government department, corporation, foundation or trust.”
Usually, grant writers help organizations in the non-profit sector achieve funds for the groups they select. They identify government policies and submit proposals for such grants.
Of course, they must become familiar with the organization’s mission and activity. Key qualifications are excellent research and writing skills. One must be good at networking and knowledgeable about non-profit management.
As we begin our discussion on the resume requirements for a grant writer, we will cover a few items here.
To be successful in a grant application the writer must accomplish a few things.
The same is true of your grant writer resume.
A resume for a grant writer could be developed in several ways. There is one approach that should be considered in the development of your own resume.
It is showing your “Objective” at the TOP of your resume. You can catch the attention of the hiring manager right at the beginning.
Don’t just make a list of your accomplishments. You want to do more than that. The key here is to explain how your skills and qualifications are a great match to accomplish the goals listed in the job requirements.
You can identify your accomplishments. It should be in a manner that reinforces her view that you could use those skills to succeed in this new role. Try to address as many of the job requirements that are shown in the job posting.
Your objective is to get the hiring manager to notice that YOU can do the job well. She should notice that even before she reads any more in your resume.
Most of the time, you only have about 6 seconds to catch the eye of the hiring manager that is reading the resume. Put the good stuff up at the top and show her you can succeed in this role.
For your grant writer resume, you already know the answer to this one. Identify ALL your skills and qualifications that are transferable or even potentially transferable. Go over this several times. Get input from friends and family. They could capture one that you overlooked.
The next step is to use the correct terminology for this new position. Research other job postings for a grant writer and locate keywords that you can incorporate to identify and elaborate on in your resume.
Blend in the terminology use in grant applications to show how your skills fit so well with this role.
Typical skill and qualifications to include in your grant writer resume:
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You may want to review several items in your quest for the perfect grant writer position.
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