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Navigating Your Job Search During COVID-19: Advice for Candidates from ALG’s Search Team

ALG’s Search Team interacts with hundreds of advancement professionals each week. Today, these interactions are increasingly focused on navigating careers during an uncertain time. While candidates are concerned about their own positions or about an interrupted career trajectory, they also are developing new skills, deepening relationships with donors, and working in ways that they never imagined. Here is what we are hearing from candidates and recommendations we are sharing with them.

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8 Steps to Overcoming Ageism in the Nonprofit Sector

Candidates over 50 years old are experiencing a headwind when trying to secure their next role in the nonprofit sector. There are too many incidents of strong candidates who bring a wealth of experience and the ability to raise the bar of performance but who do not get hired. Is it possible to improve the hiring odds for these qualified candidates? And does this fall to the hiring organization, or are older candidates actually doing the best job they can to be viewed in the most positive way possible? This Coach’s Corner offers insights from both perspectives – hiring manager and candidate – and 8 recommendations about how candidates can better position themselves to land their next position.

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Positioning Yourself for a Successful Career Transition into Development

Many “non-traditional” candidates from outside the nonprofit sector don’t get a chance to interview because the supposed risk in taking someone with only “related” experience is deemed too high. Here are some of those risks and perceived risks, together with suggestions on how to address or overcome them.

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Create a Dialogue: Engage the Hiring Manager and Use Your Airtime Effectively

In most searches, one of our best candidates does not make it to the second round because—as reported by hiring manager after hiring manager—almost all of the talking was done by the candidate. Having experienced this candidate behavior on a regular basis, and having watched strong candidates fail to advance in a search by making this simple but critical mistake in first interviews with our clients, here is advice to better manage your airtime in an interview.

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