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21 February 2020 at 3:53 pm
Maggie Coggan
We round up some top tips on how to improve your recruiting game for the NFP sector


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So you wanna be Australia’s next top NFP recruiter? This might help
21 February 2020 at 3:53 pm

We round up some top tips on how to improve your recruiting game for the NFP sector

Recruiting can be tough. You’re managing a whole heap of demands from different people at any one time, and above all, finding your client their dream job. 

If you’re new to the game, or just finding you’re struggling to keep on top of it, listen up because we’ve rounded up some of the top attributes to help you succeed in your recruiting job. 

Reading between the lines 

According to Richard Green, the executive director of NGO Recruitment, knowing what sort of workplace culture your client would be suited to, is one of the most important parts of the job – particularly if you’re working with NFP organisations.  

“Whenever we recruit any role for an animal welfare organisation, accounting, fundraising, I.T. operations, we get inundated with people who adore animals,” Richard says. 

“In actual fact that motivation is not right, you should be there to apply your skills to that organisation.” 

Love people

Because the process of recruitment is the same with most clients, paying attention and taking an interest in people is an attribute that will help you thrive in, and enjoy, the job. 

“Because you are working with people all day everyday, you’ve really got to love people if you’re recruiting for them,” he says. 

Passionate about sector 

Having a deep knowledge of organisations across the sector will also make your life easier, and get better results for your clients. 

“Because cultural fit is so important in the NFP sector, having a great understanding of the sector and the types of people that will succeed in certain jobs is vital,” he says.  

Respect and relationships 

The recruitment industry often gets a bad rap because of how sales driven it is. And while making sales is part of the job, it’s important to keep in mind you’re dealing with people too. 

“It’s about respect for the organisation who’s looking for a new employee, and it’s about respect for candidates,” he explains.  


Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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