Recruitment

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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How to hire a fantastic fundraiser for your NFP

A great fundraiser is (almost literally!) worth their weight in gold. That’s also why they’re notoriously difficult to recruit.

From face-to-face fundraisers to corporate partnership managers and every job in between, many NFPs rely heavily on the donations and grants brought in by their fundraisers.

So what can your organisation do to get on the front foot when it comes to hiring great staff in this field where demand far outstrips supply of experienced staff?

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How to write a job ad that connects with your perfect candidate

Good staff are an NFP’s most important asset. And that means hiring them is one of the single most important functions of your organisation. But without a compelling and targeted job ad, you’re unlikely to find them.

So how do make your job ad really connect with your perfect candidate? Here are the three key things you need to consider.

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Three Ways to Get More Value from Your Recruitment Processes

Traditional, manual hiring approaches – the status quo – are causing delays and pitfalls that add risk and inefficiency to the recruiting process. For an industry reliant on the integrity of its people and bound by the restrictions of a limited budget, risk and inefficiency are two things NFP HR professionals cannot afford to ignore.

There are a number of ways recruitment can be improved in order to deliver greater value to both the recruiting team and your overall organisation. Here are three key steps.

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How to hire great managers for your not-for-profit

Great managers are critical to an organisation’s ability to make an impact. They drive staff engagement, set the tone for the organisation’s culture, have a significant impact on staff retention and much more.

But what does a great manager or team leader look like on paper – or in an interview?

At the end of 2017 we asked our NFP People community that question, and received some excellent and useful advice from NFPs across the country – advice you can apply to your recruitment processes today.

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Our top ten posts from 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost over! We hope it’s been a great year for you – and that the ideas and perspectives we’ve been able to bring you this year through the Not-For-Profit People Blog and Conference have made a positive impact for you and your organisation’s staff and volunteers.

We’re looking forward to bringing you more organisation-changing ideas to attract, manage, train and retain the very best people in 2018 – but in the meantime, we hope you enjoy taking a look back at our 10 most popular posts of 2017.

Happy and safe holidays!

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10 of the top candidate assessment tools – and how to choose the best one for your NFP

You’re undoubtably making good use of interviews in your organisation. But how about pre-employment tests?

In the age of “Big Data”, there are new tools emerging every day that use data collected from thousands – or millions – of people to show you how your potential hire compares across a variety of evaluation areas and metrics.

Given that different tools provide immense value in different areas and for different organisations, how do you choose between them?

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Is your NFP an attractive place to work for young people?

When it comes to shaping the future of the not-for-profit sector, young people are in a unique position.

Millennials – which covers everyone aged from about 17 to 37 – are empowered by new and emerging technologies, and are driven by a strong sense of social justice.

And that’s a good thing, since they’re the ones who will eventually be running the NFP sector – alongside the rest of our society’s institutions.

So how does your organisation do at recruiting, training and retaining young people as staff and volunteers?

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