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  • 4 Ways To Mishandle Salary Negotiations

    By The NonProfit Times — December 7, 2012

    Job interviews are tough, but salary negotiations can make them look like a walk in the park. One small misstep in the process and you could find yourself without that job offer.

    Many job seekers know what they want in terms of salary and benefits, but are hesitant to say it for fear of pricing themselves out of the job. That is certainly a legitimate concern, but it’s one that can be easily erased simply be doing your homework. Do some research to determine what the standard pay rates and perks are for the position so you know if what you are asking for is too much.
    If you don’t do your homework, you leave yourself at risk of mishandling the negotiations. Here are four other things to avoid:
    • Not Thinking About Yourself: If you don’t think seriously about the income you need, you may end up taking a job that will leave you struggling to pay for everyday items. If the salary you need is out of line with the standard rates, look for a position that will pay you what you need.
    • Laying All Your Cards On The Table: Job interviewers will often ask you to name a specific number you have in mind, but you should always try to avoid this. Use answers such as “If I do receive an offer, I want it to be reasonable” or “I will consider any offer that fits my needs.” If you are pressed for a number, give a range rather than a specific answer.
    • Neglecting To Ask About Benefits: Salary is important but you shouldn’t forget to ask about what benefits you would be getting. Healthcare is especially important, given that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 requires all individuals to have coverage.
    • Not Giving A Counter-Offer: Most organizations are not going to offer you the highest salary right off the bat; that’s simply not the way negotiations work. Using the knowledge you have acquired from your research, you should present a counter-offer that is fair for both you and the company.

  • Holiday Giving Combo Platter

    By The NonProfit Times — December 6, 2012

    What do you get when you combine the “12 Days of Christmas” and #GivingTuesday? It might look something like the “5 Weeks of Giving,” courtesy of Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOAC).

  • Nonprofits Advocate For Charitable Deduction

    By The NonProfit Times — December 6, 2012

    The Charitable Giving Coalition — a group of nonprofit advocates from 40 states — traveled to Washington, D.C., yesterday. Their mission? To make sure the charitable deduction isn’t eliminated during on-going discussions on how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

  • Salvation Army Red Kettle Donations Slow Dancing

    By Patrick Sullivan — December 6, 2012

    Move over, PSY; the tuxedo-clad Korean rapper of “Gangnam Style” fame isn’t the only one with dance moves. Some of The Salvation Army’s (SA) bell ringers are cutting the concrete in an effort to get noticed during this holiday season’s Red Kettle campaign.

  • Donor Intent Decision Appealed

    By The NonProfit Times — December 6, 2012

    A dispute regarding the development of a suburban Maryland farm will continue as the family behind the original lawsuit has filed an appeal.

  • Gmail And Mac Users Most Generous Online

    By The NonProfit Times — December 6, 2012

    Users of Gmail, Safari and Mac OS averaged more per donation than users of their technology counterparts. Based on the analysis of more than 320,000 donations across 165,000 users, the largest average gifts are sent by donors using their corporate email.

  • Musical Chairs

    By Paul Clolery — December 5, 2012

    It’s that time of year, holiday music, presents and new jobs. Four high-profile jobs changed hands during the past few days.

  • Subscribe To The Nonprofit Jobs eNewsletter

    By The NonProfit Times — December 5, 2012

    The nature of the nonprofit jobs market is always changing. According to a study earlier this year by Johns Hopkins University, the jobs in the sector expanded for the 10 years that positions in the general workforce shrunk. Specifically, nonprofit jobs increased an average of 2.1 percent each year from 2000 to 2010.

  • Major Gift Campaigns: Your First Year

    By The NonProfit Times — December 4, 2012

    With rare exceptions, major gift campaigns can’t be completed in a single year and, in fact, they can sometimes take as long as a decade. That’s why it is important to create a schedule of goals when planning your campaign.

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    By The NonProfit Times — December 4, 2012

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