Down economy creates opportunities for talent
It’s hard to open a newspaper these days without reading about layoffs, hiring freezes, and other HR-related challenges in practically all industries. The nonprofit sector has been no exception, and many organizations have been hit hard by the need to cut staff members in order to stay afloat. However, it’s not all bad news. We at Commongood see a silver lining on this economic cloud, and believe that the current climate actually delivers good news for opportunistic jobseekers.
The reality is this: the demand for nonprofit services during a recession is great. The communities served by nonprofits are facing unprecedented waves of complex economic pressures and increasingly large numbers of people are in need of solutions that nonprofits provide. Now more than ever, nonprofits feel the need to maximize the one resource that makes service possible: their human capital.
The key to being able to provide services, and ultimately weather the recession, is, as Jim Collins would say, having “the right people on the bus.” With layoffs, many nonprofits now find themselves in the position to have to re-build with leaner, meaner, and more effective teams. And even organizations that did not have layoffs are looking to take advantage of the influx of amazing candidates who are now on the market, and, in many cases, are creating positions for the “right” talent.
These opportunities are not always obvious, however. Nearly 60% of nonprofit job openings are never posted, and are filled by members of an organization’s network. This is why it’s more important than ever to dust off your rolodex (or LinkedIn, iPhone, or however you manage your contacts) and get yourself on the radar of organizations that interest you, and ones where you could make a meaningful contribution in this economy and beyond.
Here is some recent press that supports these ideas:
Hub human services nonprofits hiring
This Boston Herald article finds that area nonprofits are seeking talent, especially in front-line positions such as case workers and direct service providers.
Recruiter sees hope for finance professionals
Robert Half International, one of the world’s largest staffing firms, cites nonprofits as one of the booming markets hiring finance professionals
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