5 Traits To Look For In Nonprofit Employees

June 6, 2013       The NonProfit Times      

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Your nonprofit needs new employees but not any person will fit your needs. As a hiring manager, you need to pay close attention to the traits of the applicants that you receive via your job posting. Keeping in mind the culture and mission of your organization, you should look for the following five character traits when deciding which applicants to pursue:

  • Intelligence: You should be looking for individuals who already know a lot, both about the mission of your organization about the field of work they would be entering. At the same time, they should also be willing to learn new things.
  • Stubbornness: Being stubborn doesn't always have to be a bad thing. In this case, it means the candidate is willing to fight through challenges even if the outcome doesn't look good. You want someone who is going to stick with you for the long haul.
  • Energy: Nonprofit work can be tiring so you will want someone with a lot of energy. This type of trait will not only be helpful for the individual, but it also has the potential to inspire your other employees to work harder.
  • Vision: Find someone who has a clear vision about how they want their work to change the world.
  • Open Mind: Your employees should have the attitude that, although they might know a lot, they don't have all the answers and are willing to hear out other people's opinions.