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I have a job

I got the offer about 2 weeks after I wrote my last post, and I started less than 2 weeks after that, so it’s coming up on my four-month anniversary. I didn’t blog about any of the hiring process–I was scared of jinxing it. And it’s taken me awhile to be able to write about it since then–partly I’ve been so busy, and partly I’ve been gathering my thoughts.

The unemployed hiring manager

I was recently in the exceedingly ironic position of hiring  someone while unemployed myself.

The organization I volunteer for wanted to create a new part-time position (5-10 hrs/week). This organization has only 2 (now 3) paid positions, all of which are similarly part-time; the bulk of the work is done by volunteers. We talked a lot about this new position, but no one was moving forward, so I took the initiative to write up a job description, post it for free on local university career websites, and, when that wasn’t working, get approval to post a paid ad on Idealist.org.

Our ideal candidate was someone with an interest in nonprofit management and knowledge of our specific sector. Over about a month, we received 25 applications. They came from a wide range of applicants: there were a few people right out of college, some who were very advanced in nonprofit management, and some who had a good deal of experience in unrelated fields.

I wish I could have written back to many of the candidates with my feedback on their resumes and cover letters; instead, here’s where I turn into Ask a Manager:

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PSA to hiring managers

Dear employers:

It’s really annoying when I carefully prepare a resume & cover letter only to find out right as I’m about to submit that you want a bunch of additional stuff from me, like ways I would improve your product, ideas for future projects, or a short essay to prove that I know something about the field this job is in. Writing samples are one thing, but you’re disrespecting my time when you put me in the position of unpaid consultant when we haven’t even met. This is also the wrong time for you to be asking me for my references. Learn better hiring practices, and you will probably improve your candidate pool.

Sincerely,
Vashti

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