MyCareer@PND

PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

View From the Talent Pool: Conferences are a Nonprofit Professional's Best Friend

Commongood Careers, Kevin Flynn  |  August 15, 2012

Just in time for the fall conference season, this article provides tips on how to strategize to make the most of a conference before, during, and after the event. Even if you are not actively on the job market, conferences are an amazing opportunity to build your professional network and get to know prospective employers....

Uncommon Talent: Lior Ipp, Breakthrough Collaborative

Commongood Careers, Maria Peralta  |  July 11, 2012

For over three decades, Breakthrough Collaborative has been preparing underserved middle school students around the country for college while recruiting and training high school and college students to become educators. Lior Ipp, the organization's new executive director, discusses the challenges in education today, the next phase for growth at the organization, and his thoughts on leadership....

What to Do When a Recruiter Calls You

Commongood Careers, Kevin Flynn  |  May 31, 2012

Today's nonprofits are getting serious about recruitment. Some are increasing their in-house capacity, hiring internal recruiters or talent managers. Others are partnering with external recruiting firms that focus on targeting passive candidates in the job market....

How the Nonprofit Sector Is Like a Giant Potato

Commongood Careers, James Weinberg  |  April 10, 2012

In an old Irish folktale, a man grew a giant potato in his garden, so big that it could feed his entire village. But the oversized tuber caused a series of logistical challenges that threw his hungry neighbors into a tailspin; the man's wife suggests that the potato can be cut up and eaten, thus saving the day. In today's labor market, the nonprofit sector is sort of like that giant potato. For the past several years, the sector has been growing at such a rate that it's become tough for most folks to know what to make of it....

Views From the Talent Pool: S*** Interviewers Say

Commongood Careers  |  March 7, 2012

Interview settings can present challenging communication dynamics, even for the most experienced candidates. To help navigate through these nuanced conversations, here are few things you might hear, as well as suggestions for how to best prepare yourself to respond....

Views From the Talent Pool: Hiring Trends in 2012

Kevin Flynn  |  February 8, 2012

Kevin Flynn, Commongood's director of recruitment and candidate services, describes how the sector has shifted from wanting to hire generalists to seeking specialists, and following a more corporate management structure, and suggests how you can position yourself to keep up....

Perceptions of Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace

Allison Scott, Dana Hagenbuch, James Weinberg, Robert Schwartz  |  January 11, 2012

This article is a summary of The Voice of Nonprofit Talent: Diversity in the Workplace, a report produced by Commongood Careers and Level Playing Field Institute that draws on a survey of 1,638 current and former nonprofit employees to gauge the state of the sector in providing diverse hiring practices and work environments....

Making Smart Investments in Human Capital

Dana Hagenbuch, James Weinberg  |  December 8, 2011

This article is a summary of Making Smart Investments in Human Capital, a report co-authored by James Weinberg, founder and CEO of Commongood Careers, and Dana Hagenbuch that draws on a series of four regional convenings organized by their organization earlier this year. At those meetings, nonprofit executives, HR practitioners, evaluation experts, and funders sat down to discuss best practices, challenges, and emerging issues related to the subject of hiring and cultivating nonprofit employees. Over two hundred attendees representing a hundred and sixty-two organizations participated in the conversations....

How Can I Become a Nonprofit Fundraising Consultant?

Tony Poderis  |  July 14, 2011

The world in which nonprofit organizations and institutions work and operate has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis and economic downturn began to unfold in 2008. And while the economy finally seems to be on the mend, many of the consequences of the downturn are here to stay. As a result, leadership in the sector will have to be provided by people who themselves have adapted to significant and substantive change, and who are able and willing to think strategically about incorporating change into the operational core of their organizations....

Leadership for Change

Gayle Brandel  |  May 25, 2011

The world in which nonprofit organizations and institutions work and operate has changed dramatically since the global financial crisis and economic downturn began to unfold in 2008. And while the economy finally seems to be on the mend, many of the consequences of the downturn are here to stay. As a result, leadership in the sector will have to be provided by people who themselves have adapted to significant and substantive change, and who are able and willing to think strategically about incorporating change into the operational core of their organizations....

Hiring Guidelines for Today's Nonprofits

Gayle Brandel  |  April 28, 2011

Nonprofits are hiring again. Organizations are emerging from the economic turbulence and market changes of the past two years and are looking for strategic ways to renew and enhance their capacity to provide services by bringing back and — in many cases — adding staff.

An Optimistic 2011

Gayle Brandel  |  March 15, 2011

It isn't too early in the year to identify a positive trend for the nonprofit sector in 2011. After widespread cutbacks and holding actions during the economic downturn, nonprofit organizations and institutions are hiring again. As noted in soon-to-be-released annual salary surveys conducted by Professionals for NonProfits in three markets (metropolitan New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.), not only are nonprofits beginning to hire, they're also raising salaries to compete for the talent they need....

Tips for Creating a Concise Resume

Naheed Elyasi  |  December 15, 2010

Not long ago, job seekers followed the resume golden rule: No resume should exceed one page. However, today's job seekers are finding that rule no longer applies. PNP's Naheed Elyasi offers some tips designed to bring your resume up to date....

Job Seeking 101: The Importance of Benefits

Naheed Elyasi  |  November 3, 2010

When considering a new position at a nonprofit, most job seekers focus on the mission of the organization and the salary offer but pay little or no attention to the benefits the organization provides to its employees. Benefits, however, are a crucial component of any compensation package and should be one of the things you consider when evaluating a job offer....

Weathering the Storm: Managing Through Tough Economic Times

Commongood Careers  |  September 30, 2010

The current global economic crisis is having a clear and significant impact on the nonprofit sector. While mission-driven organizations have seen mounting demand for their services and predict that the demand will continue to grow, they are also extremely concerned about the philanthropic environment and worry about how they will be able to support an increase in services with an expected decrease in revenue. How can organizations deal with the strain presented by the current economic situation? First and foremost, they need to ensure that the organization remains financially viable during the economic downturn. Unfortunately, this will most likely mean staffing related changes because such costs represent about 70 percent of an average nonprofit's budget....

Alternatively Structured Roles and the Baby Boomer Workforce

Commongood Careers  |  August 4, 2010

Much has been written and discussed about the social sector's leadership gap, as well as the potential for retiring Baby Boomers from other sectors to play a role in addressing the growing need for talent. In reality, however, many organizations are slow to recruit and hire from this seasoned workforce, and in those instances when they do, are seemingly meeting with mixed success....