Recruitment

Have you learned these lessons about how to recruit great employees and volunteers remotely?

COVID-19 social distancing restrictions have fundamentally changed the way we work, live and interact with one another. The pandemic has also transformed how HR professionals plan and conduct recruitment activities.

Whether you’ve been actively recruiting through the last few months or not, remote recruitment will continue to be an essential skill for HR and recruitment professionals into the future.

So after months of remote recuiting, what lessons have you learned to help your NFP recruit and evaluate candidates remotely for the future? Here are a few of the best we’ve collected.

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Seven great NFP recruitment videos for your inspiration

How do potential candidates feel about your organisation?

Your job ad is an introduction not just to a job, but to your organisation too. And if you want jobseekers to feel good about the work you do after reading your job ad, nothing beats video.

There are many NFPs out there creating fantastic recruitment videos — take a look at our favourites.

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What do you tell unsuccessful job applicants? Five ways to improve your game

What do you tell unsuccessful job applicants? If you’re like most organisations, the answer is probably: nothing. You might not even be emailing them to let them know they’re unsuccessful.

But consider that many of the candidates that you’re rejecting could be potential candidates for similar roles in the future! Communicating well with candidates through every step of the recruitment process will not only help your organisation’s “employer brand”, it can lead to higher quality applicants in the long term.

Here are five things to consider to make giving unsuccessful candidates feedback an easy and valuable process.

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How to hire a tech person when you’re not a tech person

How to hire a tech person when you're not a tech person

Finding the right person for your organisation can be tough at the best of times.

But when the position’s field of expertise sits outside your own remit – like a tech role – finding the right match can feel insurmountable.

So what do you do when you need to hire a tech person – but no one in your organisation has the right expertise to guide the recruitment process?

As the general manager at abrs, the social enterprise venture of Barnardos Australia (Australia’s only charity-owned recruitment agency) and head of all internal recruitment at Barnardos, Nardia Munt is skilled in the art of hiring people across a broad spectrum of specialisations.

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Could your employer brand be stopping you from recruiting the top candidates? Here’s how to improve it

Struggling to get the number or quality of applications for your latest jobs? Have you considered whether your “employer brand” – the sum-total of how potential employees see your organisation – could be the problem?

Mark Puncher, founder and CEO of Employer Branding Australia works with organisations to present themselves to candidates in the most authentic way, and says it’s critical to approach candidates with a different message than one you might present to the public, to donors or to clients.

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How to improve reference checking at your NFP

Reference checking can sometimes seem like a final box-ticking exercise before you hire the person you’ve already decided is the best candidate.

But taking the time to do your due diligence is, in fact, a non-negotiable part of recruitment. And it’s an easy thing to get wrong, exposing your team or whole organisation to potentially toxic employees – or worse.

So how do you make the most of your reference checks?

That’s something David Meere knows intimately. As the National Manager – Talent and Attraction at for-purpose organisation Life Without Barriers, Meere has many years of experience with conducting reference checks – from the best questions to ask to red flags to watch out for and everything in between.

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