Tuesday, August 7, 2012

12 Hiring Tips

Making crucial decisions based on a "gut feeling" is a time-honored tradition that is used in many different fields. Whether it's a baseball manager making a pitching change because he "likes the match-up" or choosing an ice cream flavor based on what it looks like, many people make gut-based decisions.

When it comes to hiring an employee, however, it's best to be a little more careful.

In their book "Being Buddha at Work," Franz Metcalf and B.J. Gallagher wrote that hiring managers pay too little attention to a job applicant's work history, ability to learn and grow, and ability to work well with others. In addition to these skills, Metcalf and Gallagher suggest 12 other tips to enhance your hiring process:
  • Don’t limit your search to obvious candidates.
  • Be clear about what is required in the job.
  • Consider what it takes to be successful in your particular organization and/or department.
  • Involve many people in the interview process.
  • Ask behavioral questions. The best predictor of future performance is past performance. 
  • Don’t use hypothetical questions.
  • Hiring is a two-way process. Make sure the candidate has an opportunity to ask lots of questions.
  • Don’t be in a hurry to hire. Haste in the beginning can be costly later.
  • Use job tests when you can, whether it’s a typing test, a computer simulation, or a role-playing scenario.
  • Be sure to consider the candidate’s future potential.
  • Be honest with the candidate about the nature of the job as well as future growth potential.
  • Look especially careful at someone who interviews well or tries to get away with glib answers to questions. This individual may be good at interviewing, but make sure he/she has other skills to back up those interviewing skills.

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The chosen candidate for this position will manage and coordinate all aspects of publications and communications. This includes writing, editing, and distributing student and teacher magazines, eNewsletters, press releases, speeches, brochures, and other materials.

In addition to writing and editing skills, applicants must also be proficient in technology. Specifically, the successful candidate must have knowledge of web site content management systems, cloud technologies, and all aspects of social networking. Other requirements for the job include knowledge of production and printing processes, budget management, and expertise in InDesign/QuarkXPress.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

California Considers Nonprofit Mismanagement Bill

The California state Legislature is considering a bill that would give the state attorney general's office more power to crack down on nonprofits that are found to be mismanaging charitable funds.

California Watch reported today that a bill by Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-West Hollywood) would give the attorney general the ability to take legal action against a charity or fundraiser if it fails to provide the required documents or makes a false statement in application or report. Current law requires the state to prove that there was intent to deceive before taking action.

Organizations would be given a penalty of up to $1,000 per violation after a five days' notice. The bill passed the Assembly, and will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee today.

According to analysis by staff from the Assembly Judiciary Committee, the attorney general's office is unable to prevent fraud from occurring with its current powers. The report claimed that this is the case even in instances when concerns are raised about a nonprofit before charitable donations are lost.

The state of California has dealt with many cases of alleged fraud in recent years. In 2010, the attorney general's office reached a settlement with the Association for Firefighters and Paramedics Inc. The state accused the Santa Ana-based organization of spending thousands of dollars meant for burn victims on a Caribbean cruise, trips to resorts, and other personal expenses. The nonprofit denied any wrongdoing in the case.

Bill AB 2327 is very similar to laws that are already in place in other states. The one difference is that the law, if passed, would require fiscal sponsors of charities to have directors' and officers' insurance in case they lose the money the are managing.

You can read the full story in California Watch.