As we reported last month, nonprofit hiring is exploding—as it should be, given that the sector is now the third largest employer in the U.S.
While on the employer-side we questioned the readiness of nonprofits to take on that growth, today we’re also looking at what potential employees in the sector need to do to prepare for the burgeoning employment opportunity.
With 50% of nonprofits anticipating creating new positions in 2015 according to Nonprofit HR, both recent grads and the currently unemployed population may be suited to fill many of the upcoming positions.
But what are the skills they’ll need?
- Data – Proving a nonprofit’s worth and increasing visibility as well as donations is all about how well it can tell its story. And in this day and age, data tells a story. Those who can analyze, aggregate and also make data meaningful will hold an important skill for nonprofits.
- Technology – Reaching more people is possible through technology, and it will serve a lot of nonprofits’ missions if they invest in technologically savvy candidates. In addition, user experience will be important to making sure populations are being served quickly, easily and accurately through websites, software, apps, and more.
- Social media – Sharing is more than just caring. Social media can be a platform for doing good – and spreading the word about it – exponentially.
- Design – From designing an adult care facility to designing software to designing outdoor recreational space for a neighborhood, there are many different ways individuals with an eye for design will be able to contribute to the success of nonprofits.
- Business acumen – With more nonprofits and for-profits collaborating, knowing how to connect with the business world will be key.
Attracting and retaining this talent will be a tall order for nonprofits in the coming years. A nonprofit’s mission is what may initially pull in “top talent” cites the Fast Company article—but it’s the way an organization implements its strategy, feeds its employees’ sense of worth, and connects the work to the mission on a daily basis that will keep the sector up to the pace of its own growth.