There’s reason to be optimistic about hiring in the non-profit sector.
In a recent post for Forbes.com, Kerry Hannon shares information about a new Idealist.org survey of 3,000 U.S. nonprofit organizations. “Organizations are planning on hiring more people. Of those who replied, 42 percent plan to hire new positions and nearly half will fill positions that become vacant. Program or service staff are top of the list. … Administrative, communications, accounting and finance personnel, and technology experts are on the to-be hired scrolls too.” She notes that Idealist, which specializes in non-profit postings, “has had a significant jump in job postings in 2011.”
If you are interested in making a switch to non-profit work, Laura Gassner Otting, author of Change Your Career, Transitioning to the Non-Profit Sector, and founder and president of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, an executive search firm helping identify candidates for the non-profit sector, is an experienced authority on hiring in the “mission-driven” space. She explained how current trends affect how non-profits and their boards hire and what skills job seekers wishing to transition to non-profit jobs should highlight.
Gassner Otting explained several seismic changes in non-profits in the past five to 10 years that affect hiring practices for non-profit organizations. Read her comments on my U.S. News & World Report blog.
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