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Written by shailesh@civihr.org - 03 Sep 2018 Category: Non-profit Challenges

Non-profits have always faced the challenge of acquiring top talent. Most professionals look at the non-profit sector as a temporary arrangement. This, along with financial constraints, makes hiring a critical task.

Non-profits have always faced the challenge of acquiring top talent. Most professionals look at the non-profit sector as a temporary arrangement. This, along with financial constraints, makes hiring a critical task.

Specifically, what are a few aspects that non-profits are most concerned about? The 2018 Nonprofit Talent Management Priorities Survey provides some valuable insights. The survey was taken by a diverse range of non-profits and throws light on top talent management concerns and priorities for the sector in 2018. As revealed in the survey, the number one priority for the sector is strengthening capacity around hiring practices. Through our detailed research, we learned that the following three challenges are at the core of the talent crisis.

Seeking the Unicorn

Nonprofits often lack specialised work to fill a full-time employee's time throughout the week. Requirements such as "I need a website programmer, who can also provide some support in volunteer scheduling" are frequently posted. Finding such a match, let alone finding the perfect match, is inherently difficult.

Solution

A workable solution is to engage specialist part-timers to deal with specialised tasks. Not only will this ensure a higher quality of work, but it will also lead to a longer term solution. This approach may result in a bit of managerial overhead in the beginning, but once the process rolls out smoothly, it is easy to keep it going.

Hiring for Intention

The non-profit world is a magnet that attracts well-meaning individuals. Given various constraints that hamper hiring initiatives, non-profit HRs are likely to provide opportunities to individuals who are "in it to make a change". As noble as it sounds, this practice may not yield desired benefits if the individual hired lacks required job skills.

Solution

It is best to make any hiring based on required skills, judged with live assignments. If you want help with accounting, ask to make a profit-loss statement; if you need a social media expert, look for someone who has already run a blog. Yes, you may need to invest some time in choosing the right assignment or interview questions, but the benefits will go longer than the pain.

Relying Solely on Job Portals

Posting requirements on job portals is the best way to look for talent; isn't it? Not always. As stated above, many professionals take up non-profit jobs as a career detour, to eventually exit, as soon as a higher paying opportunity comes along. Unless your job portal is specially designed for non-profit jobs, it may not present a good return on your time and efforts.

Solution

Word of mouth, professional groups, personal network - all can lead to a good match. Be creative and proactive in looking for talent. It may even attract top professional talent looking for a rewarding opportunity to contribute to society. So keep looking for your next marketing ninja!

 

Sure, the above plan required a bit of planning. If you find yourself struggling with a particular aspect, always seek help from a professional recruiter, who may be able to guide you, or get the work done for you. Don't, however, compromise on the quality of talent hired, because a non-profit is as good as the people that run it.

Do try the above at work and let us know what you think. We would love to hear other ideas as well.

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