Archive for May, 2019

6 Ways to Land the Perfect Employee Who Isn’t Job Hunting

Many times, the candidate you really, really want (the one who is that perfect fit for the job) is already happily employed and not actively looking for a job. But that doesn’t mean she is off limits; it simply means she is a passive candidate and must be recruited differently than an active one. Active job seekers are likely to pursue you, respond to your job ads, attend career fairs and send resumes your way. Passive candidates, on the other hand, are busy working at their current job —  so you have to pursue them. Here are six tips for finding and recruiting the passive candidate who may be perfect for your next hard-to-fill position: 1. Revisit your resume files. When you are searching to fill an open position, don’t forget to consult your files of past applicants. You likely have hundreds of resumes of people who have applied for other jobs at your organization at other times. Maybe the ideal person for the new job applied for another post three years ago. While he may be ensconced elsewhere at the moment, it might be worth contacting him about your current needs. 2. Blog about hot industry topics. Even if…

Can You Avoid Nonprofit Burnout?

Sometimes there’s a story we tell collectively. When nonprofit colleagues were asked for their candid suggestions on how to avoid burnout, they got right to the core. Having worked in the trenches in some way with each of these pros reconfirmed for me that there’s nothing like the camaraderie and resourcefulness of those who work in this sector. We can’t do it alone, but we can certainly get through the demands and unexpected challenges of this work with dignity, recognition, and zeal. 10 Tricks to Avoid Burnout: Stay on mission. Remind yourself of the organization’s purpose and keep your eye on the prize. A long-time development colleague shares that her team shares “mission moments” at each monthly staff meetings. “With all the complaints, hustle and bustle of the day-to-day work,” she says, “it brings us back around to ‘why we do what we do’. You remember the reason you are here and picked this job.” Protect your private time. It’s inherent–you will work seven days a week sometimes. “You have to be realistic about what kind of work load you can handle, and actually make sure you take time off, away from the job, to focus on friends and family,”…