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Not-for-profit organizations aren’t interested in making money. The only thing that they care about is supporting social causes like suicide, gambling addiction or child labour. The money that they get their hands on is used to keep the organization running and fulfil their goals. Not-for-profit organizations rely on their staff members to execute their strategies and meet their goals. Hiring is always a challenge for these associations. Non-profit leaders need skilled people that they can count on when times get hard. The problem is that not that many people want a career with a purpose anymore. Attracting and retaining talented workforce is indeed difficult, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips for those in charge of the hiring process.
Offer realistic compensation and benefits
Compensation is lower in the not-for-profit sector. As mentioned earlier, organizations of this kind don’t make a profit. They can’t afford to offer high salaries. People’s love and commitment to the cause is supposed to compensate for the low remuneration and long working hours. Money is everything for some people and tax-exempt charitable non-profits that wish to attract and retain skilled candidates have no choice but to offer realistic compensation. And benefits. Individuals need to know that they stand to earn more in the not-for-profit sector. Put simply, people need guarantee that their efforts will be compensated. What if you can’t offer that much in salary? There are solutions that you can resort to. For instance, you can provide prospective employees the opportunity to work from home and offer theme extra vacation time. Most importantly, make it clear to candidates that they can do other things to make an income.
Promote your values and culture
Not-for-profit organizations struggle to make the world a better place. Sure, they don’t pay income tax, but non-profits serve the common good, supporting causes that affect the local community. Prospective candidates may not know too much about your societal role. Most of them live under a rock, so they are completely oblivious to what is happening around them. When a tax-exempt charitable non-profit has the opportunity to promote their values and culture, they should take advantage of it. You, as well as other organizations, need to understand that you’re competing against top players for talent. So, you have to do everything it takes when it comes to not for profit recruitment. Place emphasis on the values and culture of your association. Post stories, pictures, and even videos on your website.
Post job descriptions in the right places
People who ask for work need to know that they are signing up for. The job description describes the duties and responsibilities of the position. Not-for-profit organizations are constantly changing job descriptions in an attempt to attract and retain talent. The problem isn’t necessarily with the job description but with the place where it’s placed. If you don’t advertise in the right places, you won’t get the desired results. The job description should be posted on specialized sites and job boards. Connect with the right candidates in the right places.
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