For nonprofit organizations with limited recruiting resources, hiring top nonprofit talent in today’s candidate-driven market is challenging. Partnering with nonprofit recruiters enables a nonprofit organization to build an effective talent pipeline, improve candidate quality, and streamline the recruitment process to quickly fill open positions required to further its mission.
Common Nonprofit Recruiting Challenges
Nonprofit organizations face unique challenges as they try to recruit qualified talent. Common challenges include:
- Tighter budget constraints than for-profit companies, making it difficult to compete for talent on the basis of salary alone;
- Finding qualified candidates that are also passionate about the organization’s mission;
- Not having the time or team members available to recruit while maintaining daily tasks, especially for smaller nonprofit organizations.
While nonprofits are aware of the difficulties of staffing in the current labor market, 64 percent have not implemented a formal nonprofit recruiting strategy to meet these challenges.
Benefits of Working With a Nonprofit Recruiter
Today, many nonprofit organizations choose to partner with nonprofit recruiters to improve their talent acquisition strategy and attract top talent in a variety of ways:
Access to a Vast Talent Pool
Nonprofit recruiters maintain a large talent pool of qualified, pre-screened candidates with a variety of skills that can be leveraged once a position at a nonprofit becomes available.
Many of these candidates are passive candidates – those who are not actively engaged in a job search but are interested in hearing about new opportunities. These candidates are typically not available to most in-house recruiters since they don’t apply to job postings and are less likely to attend networking events than an active job seeker.
By partnering with a staffing agency, nonprofit organizations can access a vast talent pool including passive candidates who they may not otherwise be able to connect with.
Nonprofit recruiters understand the nonprofit sector can also help identify transferable skills that can be applied to hard-to-fill positions. A candidate with experience in for-profit investor relations may be a good fit for a nonprofit communications director, having acquired the skills necessary for the position in a different role.
A nonprofit recruiting agency can leverage their knowledge of a number of different industries to expand the search radius and help a nonprofit find the best candidate fit, even if the candidate hadn’t previously worked at a nonprofit.
Access to Extensive Recruiting Resources
Nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, are often limited by budget and resources. This can impact their ability to recruit since they may not have the proper number of team members or time required to attract top talent.
Nonprofit recruiters provide nonprofit organizations with the recruiting expertise, resources, and team members of a large enterprise, allowing them to better compete with for-profit organizations for highly-skilled candidates. By allowing nonprofit recruiters to handle the hiring process, nonprofit organizations can instead focus their time and dedicate their resources to daily tasks required to grow their mission.
Minimize Nonprofit Recruiting Costs
A bad hiring decision can cost a nonprofit organization an estimated $17,000 per bad hire. Nonprofit recruiters help organizations avoid costly hiring mistakes and reduce employee turnover by taking the time to find and match the right candidate to available positions within a nonprofit organization.
Staffing agencies also provide more flexible workforce options, including temporary staffing, temp-to-hire, and contract-to-hire employees. This can help a nonprofit organization manage budgetary constraints by providing workforce scalability options without a commitment to regular full-time employment, saving the company time and money.
Learn more: Nonprofit Recruiting: Best Practices for Hiring Nonprofit Talent
Partner with Sparks Group for Your Nonprofit Staffing Needs
Gain access to the recruiting resources your nonprofit organization needs to quickly place top talent while focusing on your core mission.
Sparks Group is a staffing and recruiting firm that specializes in placing top candidates at nonprofit organizations nationwide. Our team of nonprofit recruiters takes the time to truly understand your organization’s needs and requirements to match you with a candidate that has both the skills and passion for your organization’s mission.
We work with nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including:
- Public Charities
- Social Advocacy Organizations
- Professional Trade Associations
Request a consultation with our nonprofit recruiters to streamline your talent acquisition process and gain access to vast talent pools of top candidates.