Over the last two weeks, I’ve received 3 resumes. The issue is that the application deadline was July 30th. Almost a month later, and I’m still getting resumes? Really? Come on folks. So, if you’re reading this and wanting to work for a nonprofit – I have a few tips for you:
- Pay attention to the deadline. This is so critical in nonprofit work – especially in nonprofit fundraising. The date is there for a reason.
- Spell my name correctly. This is especially true since my name is spelled correctly in the ad.
- Use my name. I don’t know which is worse – spelling my name wrong or putting “To Whom It May Concern” (um, that would be me – the person who’s listed as the contact person) or “Dear Human Resources Manager” (who the f*** is that?)
- Use the correct position name – and certainly don’t say “the position you advertised”. We currently have 3 ads posted and referring to the correct position is a good thing.
- Read the directions. Please give me what I’m asking for. I know everyone says this, but in fundraising, it’s especially true. You need to meet the needs of a donor. If you can’t meet my needs, why would I believe that you could meet the needs of donors? As stated in the ad, incomplete applications will not be considered. ‘nuf said.
- No phone calls actually means no phone calls.
- Research the company the you’re trying to work for – my company has a website, Facebook page, LinkedIn profile, Guidestar, etc. Research me – I’m pretty easy to find as well. Find out what makes us tick and you’ll be better prepared to answer questions. And may I point out how important Guidestar is for figuring out what to put as a salary? If I only make $x and I’ll be your boss, the likelihood that you will make more than I is slim to none. If you need that high of a salary, please save my time and yours and don’t apply.
- Use my name. Oh, wait, did I already say that? Well, it deserves repeating. Use my name!!!
And, yes, the person whom we hired did all of this.