5 Easy Tips to Find Your Next Fundraiser
Sarah Ferguson, Senior Vice President, Client Services
We all know that an applicant’s qualifications and experience are important in finding the right development employee, but there are other factors to consider when looking at a resume. Here are a few tips to help you wade through the paperwork and quickly identify the best applicants for an interview:
1) Is the resume easy-to-read and flawless? Too often, managers spend valuable time trying to translate a poorly written resume. Both typos and a poor layout should be warning signs for a fundraising manager – revealing that an applicant is disorganized, inattentive to detail, and insincere about the position.
2) Is the cover letter customized for you or your organization? The cover letter is where the applicant can really pitch their abilities and show you that they are serious about working for your organization. If they do not take the time to customize the letter, then they are not the right person for the job.
3) Does the applicant have customer service experience, either in retail or the food industry? When hiring for an entry-level development position, look for applicants who have experience in customer service, whether in the retail or food industry. Just as fundraising is all about the donor, so is retail and food service all about the customer.
4) Does the resume simply rehash the job description, or does it show actual accomplishments? Often applicants will customize a resume based on the organization’s job description. It is important for you to look beyond the activities and consider the applicant’s achievements. Starting a project is great, but finishing it is what counts.
And, this leads to our last tip….
5) How long has the applicant stayed in one job, one location, or one position? Bouncing from job to job or place to place, is a strong indication that the applicant easily loses interest and likely does not have the staying-power required for your organization. There are many factors that play into why a person moves around, but if they have not held down a job or committed to something for more than six months, don’t waste your time interviewing them.
Finding the right person for the job is never an easy task. But, when it comes to sifting through resumes, if you follow these tips, it’ll make the search a whole lot easier. Better yet, hire A.C. Fitzgerald and Associates to do the work for you. Over the years, our staff have reviewed thousands of resumes and hired hundreds of quality employees. And, we can do the same for your organization.
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