How can we recruit employees for our organization?

In the nonprofit sector, where salaries are often modest and resources are usually stretched thin, an organization’s success depends in large part on the diverse skills, experience, flexibility and commitment of its workforce. But how do you find passionate candidates who have the skills you need to reach your constituency?

Today, most job seekers start by searching the Internet for advertised positions. This makes the web an effective way to reach out to a wide pool of potential candidates. But if you’re looking for applicants keenly interested in the nonprofit sector, you’ll want to advertise on sites targeted specifically to this audience.

To reach mission-driven, experienced nonprofit professionals, contact the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) to advertise on their job site, Jobscoop (, which connects nonprofit employers and job seekers. Other useful resources include Idealist (, Opportunity Knocks ( and The Chronicle of Philanthropy jobs section (

And don’t forget to use the power of referrals. Let employees, colleagues, board members and professional associations know you’re actively looking for qualified candidates and ask for recommendations. Studies show that most job seekers will ultimately find a position through a referral network.

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