Good connections in this sector, whether in your organization or across different organizations, are worth cultivating to get inside knowledge on open positions and even potentially good recommendations.
From the private sector and even sometimes between NGOs, you have to be ready for a large pay cut. Every time I've changed organizations, I've taken a 40 percent pay cut, returning each time roughly to my original salary as an entry-level management consultant.
For this year's graduates it's a time of celebration and, for many, concern. A tough economy is only part of it. What to do next? I'd like to suggest they look outside the usual paths and consider a career in the nonprofit sector.