Everyone is busy in today’s nonprofit job market! Hiring managers field applications from all over and are tasked with the challenge to weed out the viable candidates, set up interviews, check references and follow up. Candidates are either working full time elsewhere or going to school. Wouldn’t it be great to have experts to match the right people with the right opportunity?
In this podcast, I chatted with Ira Maden and Jared Siegel of PNP Staffing Group in New York City, two experienced and professional “matchmakers.” Listen to the podcast, below, where they share best practices learned over their years. Find some techniques you can put to use.
Spend some extra time at the beginning of the process, and you’ll reap better results!
Hiring managers: You need to take the time to create a detailed (and realistic) job description that will “paint the picture of the perfect candidate.” This important, but often neglected, step will benefit you by attracting the best qualified candidates. Additionally, if done properly, it will serve as a guide through your interview process. Ira shares tips in this podcast on why you should create a talent management strategy, too.
Candidates: Create a current and specific resume. The most common problem Jared sees is that many job seekers create one very general resume and send it everywhere. Therefore, they do not look like a good match to any particular organization. Tweak your resume to showcase the skills you have that are being sought by the employer.
Hiring managers: Finding the right match isn’t impossible, but it’s also not easy. Finding the wrong match can be costly, especially once you add up time and resources allocated to interviews, training, lost opportunities, and the like. For better results, ask questions that will help you determine the candidate’s style, because matching work cultures is crucial. Ira shares some very good questions in this podcast. They often serve as conversation starters, providing a much more holistic approach. (Hint: “What’s your biggest weakness?” is not a good question to ask)
Candidates: Remember that you aren’t the only one being interviewed. Use the interview as an opportunity to learn more about the organization’s culture, and if it’s a good fit for you. You are either interested in moving to another organization or moving from another sector and you should use this period to build your confidence that you’re finding your best match.
I hope this advice will help you put your best foot forward and find that perfect match, whether working with an agency or on your own!
Ira Madin, Executive Vice President, PNP Staffing Group
Ira partners with nonprofit employers to secure the top talent necessary to fill strategic, mission-critical positions. A specialist in C-level positions, he uses a consultative approach to help identify their real needs, and to find staffing solutions that can take the organization to the next level.
Jared Siegel, Executive Recruiter, PNP Staffing Group
Jared has over 8 years of talent management experience, helping nonprofit organizations and candidates find the perfect fit. It’s hard to find someone that is a better listener, or has stronger analytic insight into matching candidate and organizational needs