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A Nonprofit's Guide to Benefits

Recruiting Ideas for Nonprofit Organizations

nonprofit-recruitingGood hires are key to the success of any organization. This is true for grassroots organizations and small nonprofits - as well as large, established organizations. But finding and hiring the right employees can be tough. Small nonprofits are often faced with limited time and resources, and need to make each new hire count.

According to a hiring survey by CareerXroads, here are the top ways employers are recruiting and hiring employees today.

Employee Referrals

Employer referrals make up 25 percent, a quarter of recruits. Many small employers offer cash or other incentives to encourage employees to participate.

Career Website Page

Nearly another quarter (23 percent) of recruits hear about the job through the employer’s career website page. Make sure the organization has a career website page where you list (or link to) open positions and highlight your organization's’ mission and culture.

Online Job Boards

According to the hiring survey, 18 percent of candidates are referred by an online job board. Small nonprofits can use free job boards such as Craigslist.com and/or job board aggregator sites such as SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com. Organizations can also post paid job descriptions to general boards such as Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, and GlassDoor.com, and to local or regional job boards and newspapers.

Colleges & Interns

College candidates (recruits from college or within zero to two years of graduation) represent five percent of recruits. Nonprofits, however, have long relied on university recruiting programs to fill entry-level positions and gain access to workers with up-to-date skills. Plus, small nonprofits offer recent college grads something that many larger organizations cannot -- opportunity for fast growth and front-line experience. Internships and volunteer programs are another way to get fresh talent in the door.

Social Media

While social media is still a small percentage of how candidates say they heard about a job (three percent), it is a growing strategy for nonprofits. As more job seekers use social media and mobile devices to look for work, nonprofits are using social media as a low-cost way to recruit, source, and screen candidates.

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