Hiring Tips & Strategies
A good nonprofit manager is someone who communicates with their employees in a way that is fair and clear. This might sound like a relatively simple task at first glance but, as Dave McKhenie explained in the book “Five Good Ideas,” it takes a lot of hard work and flexibility on the part of the manager.
Leadership is a revolving door at nonprofits. While it might be nice to have one voice at the helm of your organization for many years, the reality is that your leader will leave that position at some point, whether by choice or circumstance. When that day comes, will you have a successor-in-waiting or will you be scrambling for a replacement? The answer to this question can depend on how you handle your employee interviews.
If a job interview is a conversation between two individuals, then it’s one of the most important conversations imaginable. While it’s well-known that an interview is important for candidates there’s also a lot at stake for the hiring manager.
The details of a nonprofit’s hiring process will vary from organization to organization but one aspect should always remain consistent: A well thought-out plan should be made to ensure the process goes as efficiently as possible.
The foundation of any successful nonprofit is a strong leadership team. Without a competent group guiding the organization’s mission, it is likely goals will not be met. For those nonprofits that have this strength, beware: It can disappear in an instant if there is nothing done to train worthy successors.
What exactly is strong leadership? The term is thrown around so much these days that it has almost lost meaning, but just because it has become a cliché doesn’t mean it’s useless. On the contrary, an effective leadership team is essential to a successful nonprofit.
Hiring a new employee for your nonprofit is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make as a human resources manager. As such, it’s imperative that you take the proper precautions before you make a final decision.
There is no doubt that talent is the greatest asset of any nonprofit. Without the right employees, an organization is unlikely to fulfill its mission in the most efficient way possible. That’s why it is important that human resources managers take the right approaches to the hiring process.
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:
Is your new nonprofit ready to expand beyond its initial members and hire some employees? Before you start crafting your job ads and sending them out to the world, you should take some time to think about how badly the organization needs new blood.
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