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Nonprofit Radio for June 3, 2016: Managing Up and Content Creation & Curation

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Monisha Kapila & Stephen Alexander: Managing Up

Monisha Kapila returns with a ProInspire alumnus, Stephen Alexander, to explain how to manage your boss to boost your career. Monisha is ProInspire’s CEO and Stephen is program manager at Exponent Philanthropy.

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Meghan Murphy & Lacy Baugher: Content Creation and Curation

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Learn what content will move and inspire your networks and how to empower your internal creators. Don’t be afraid to take risks with your content. Meghan Murphy is head of marketing and community at HandUp and Lacy Baugher is interactive content producer at WETA. We talked at the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

 

 


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Nonprofit Radio, May 25, 2012: Charity Transition & Go Offline

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Julia Bonem: Charity Transition

Julia Bonem, principal of Career Change for Good, talks about making a transition into a nonprofit career, but her advice is also valuable for job seekers within nonprofits who want to stay. Don’t let your employees listen.

 
 

Maria Semple

Maria Semple: Go Offline

Maria Semple, The Prospect Finder, is our regular prospect research contributor. This month Maria has tips for offline research. The best prospect research comes from face-to-face meetings with the people you want to know better.

 
 


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Nonprofit Radio, November 11, 2011: Work/Life Balance, Volunteer Visibility, & Westchester AFP

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Rachel Emma Silverman: Work/Life Balance

Rachel Emma Silverman, reporter for The Wall Street Journal and contributor to their blog “The Juggle,” shares what she’s learned about managing your personal and professional lives when both scream out for your limited time.”

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Maria Semple
Maria Semple: Volunteer Visibility

Our regular prospect research contributor, Maria Semple, The Prospect Finder, talks about the new Volunteer section on LinkedIn profiles, which can help your research and increase your visibility.

Joe Ferraro: Westchester AFP

Joe Ferraro, from the Westchester county Association of Fundraising Professionals, explains their National Philanthropy Day conference on November 16. What’s the objective? And who are the speakers? Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio is a media sponsor.


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The Elusive “Perfect Fit” Employee

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In the midst of our recession, lots of nonprofit jobs have been shed, which puts lots of qualified people on the street competing for a small number of jobs. That has created a buyers’ market for nonprofit employers, and I’m hearing dismaying stories from job seekers that organizations love their qualifications but are holding out for the holy grail: the “perfect fit” employee.

Just recently I got an email from a nonprofit that concedes they’ve met a number of strong candidates, but is still holding out for the perfect fit. They went on to ask would I now give additional thought to their search, to come up with even stronger candidates I may know, as if I held the very best people in reserve when my suggestions were solicited a month ago. “Yeah, in the last 30 days I’ve met three people who are better than all the people I’ve met in my 13 years working around nonprofits.”

Actually, now that I know how particular you’re being, I regret subjecting my initial referrals to your unwinnable contest, and I certainly will not put anyone else through it. You want a second round of candidates, even better qualified than the strong candidates you’ve already seen? Bite the bullet and hire a recruiter. That referral I’d be happy to make.

Better still, stop. Hire one of the strong candidates.

The job I’m looking at has 15 bulleted qualifications and an equal number of sub-requirements. A few are boilerplate, like “team player”, “highly organized” and “effective communicator.” I can’t imagine there are more than a handful of people who meet all these 30 requirements, and how many of those are in transition? How many of those in transition will see this posting? And accept the salary, benefits and location? Give it up. You won’t find the perfect fit.

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To go a bit further, and echo advice I’ve given clients, don’t look for a professional fundraiser who has “established relationships within the philanthropic community.” That’s a euphemism for “has a Rolodex” and is appropriate only to a board member search. A professional fundraiser isn’t going to leverage for your benefit relationships she’s made through employment in other nonprofits. That’s unethical and unseemly. When she leaves your employ, would you like her to do that for her next employer?

To those looking for the perfect fit, I say, “Stop.” Your expectations are unreasonable. Hire the best strong candidate you’ve met and let them grow and mature into the position and learn what they don’t already know. Stop looking for the “perfect fit.” Perfection doesn’t exist.