When I was in my early twenties Idealist.org was a big part of my life. As I attempted to piece together who I was, who I wanted to be and where I fit in, I spent hours (upon hours) on idealist in search of the perfect job that would allow me to not only earn a paycheck, but also make a difference in people's lives.
I found hundreds of jobs I wanted, and applied for dozens that ranged in location from Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to Guatemala and Chile. I crafted beautiful cover letters and resumes that artfully inflated my minimal work experience through flowery prose and impeccable formatting. I sent them out with pride and complete confidence in my chances.
I never got one of those jobs from idealist. Truth be told, I'm not sure I ever even got an interview from one of them. (Likely because I was massively under-qualified for all the impressive-sounding positions I was applying for.)
But today, I got the next best thing. Perhaps even a better thing. Thanks for the great article, Idealist.org.