It is our belief that direct services continues to be the largest area for anticipated growth as a result of the increased demand in services from the American public as they continue to be faced with the challenges of unemployment, job loss, foreclosures and other issues related to economic hardship and related stress resulting from having to live on less.
By the time you step into the interviewer’s office, he or she has probably already decided that your work history as presented on your resume at least minimally qualifies you for the job. Questions thrown at you will focus both on the projects and programs you have managed as well as your hopes, dreams, and desires. Employers are as much interested in what you have accomplished as they are in what it will be like to work with you on a daily basis.
Back in September, I wrote the post, “Is Switching To the Nonprofit Sector the Right Choice For You?” It generated many comments – all saying it is worth making the switch. Since then, through my work as a recruiter, I’ve spoken with many seeking to switch into the nonprofit sector. Some have successfully managed their searches and have [...]
So this month we at the Mission Connected blog would like to challenge you to write a blog post sharing your thoughts about working or job hunting in the nonprofit world. This will be February’s installment of the Nonprofit Blog Carnival, a long-running monthly series where bloggers all over the web write about a given topic.
In my recent posts, we’ve been talking about making a switch from the for- profit sector to the nonprofit sector. We’ve looked at what you need to ask yourself before making the switch, and we’ve outlined some of the practical steps you can take to make a move.
There is good reason beyond seeking a mission driven career to consider making a move to work in the nonprofit sector. Despite the economic downturn of the last two years, the sector continues to grow. In 2000, the number of nonprofits was about 800,000. By 2009, the number hit 1, 238,201! Nonprofits employ close to 10% of the country’s workforce. Most nonprofits are small – two thirds have budgets less than $500,000, but the top 5% have budget of $10 million or more.
Engaging an executive recruiting consultant for your organization’s position search shouldn’t cause you anxiety. You hired a search consultant to ease your anxiety. So, take a look a my Four R’s to get some pointers on how to make the most of the relationship.
As a recruiter for the nonprofit sector, I often find that candidates see my role as one of a sentinel hired to prevent them from gaining even just a glimpse at a dream job opportunity. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! By understanding the roles and relationships of all participants in the job search process, everyone can benefit. In my next post, I’ll address how clients can best work with a recruiter. Today’s focus is on the relationship between the recruiter and the candidate.
“Where are they going to go?” “They’re lucky to have a job.” These are, unfortunately, actual statements I’ve heard in the past year from nonprofit managers offered as rationales for not taking steps to advance human resources practices within their organizations. While there is no question both the economic downturn and its effect on labor [...]
My post last week explored some of the challenges facing fundraising professionals and their employers. This week, we’ll take a look at current staffing trends in another important function that has traditionally received less attention in nonprofit settings.