Changes in Nonprofit Executive Search

Executive Search infographic 10-14Recently, I have been helping find a candidate for one of our nonprofit executive search clients. While I don’t screen applicants, meet with candidates or interact with our client, there is still a lot to do for each executive search. And because it has been fifteen years since I last searched for a job, I only now realized how different the job search process has become – for both sides of the equation.

Where people used to post jobs:

  • Want Ads
  • Company Websites
  • Job Websites (Monster, etc…)
  • Employee incentives
  • Alumni organizations/sites
  • Recruiters

Where people currently look for jobs:

  • Want Ads
  • Company Websites
  • Job Websites (Monster, etc…)
  • Employee incentives
  • Alumni organizations/sites
  • Recruiters
  • Linked In
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Trade or Targeted Group Sites
  • Job Boards

The difference between the two lists is not simply the length. The first requires more effort on the part of the prospective employee, the second requires more effort by the hiring employer.

Employers now have to understand how best to use social media, job boards, alumni sites, their own websites, and their personal and corporate social networks in addition to knowing how to write an engaging, compelling job description, how to manage video conference interviews, understand what questions can and should be asked during such interviews to best qualify candidates as well as how to handle reference checks in 2014.

Of course, there are trade offs. You have to decide what would you rather spend – time or money. Most people feel their workload has increased in recent years. Adding an executive search to anyone’s responsibilities (especially at a small or mid-sized nonprofit) only increases the pressure. Then, there is the consideration of the donors neither solicited nor stewarded during the gap in leadership or other aspects of a nonprofit that cannot afford to be ignored for a few months.

What does this mean to you? If you have read this far you are either

  • working on a job search or
  • 2- suspect you will have to work on a job search soon.

If you decide you don’t want to go through the learning curve while losing money or do not have the bandwidth to manage the search yourself – give us a call at 800.361.8689 and ask to speak with David.