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How Mico-Progress Can Lead to Major Productivity

In The New York Times’s Smarter Living piece, “Micro-Progress and the Magic of Just Getting Started,” Tim Herrera delves into how we think about productivity as well as our tendency to procrastinate. Herrera puts forth the idea of micro-progress as…

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Getting the Most from Reference Checks

You’ve reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates, narrowed down to your top contenders, and you’re ready to make some reference calls. But, what questions do you ask? Before we dig into that, a word on requesting references: typically organizations ask for three…

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Three Keys to a Successful Day of Service

We heard from a number of you in the iO Newsletter survey about how you’d like to see more articles about recruiting, planning for, and managing volunteers. The following article is the first of a few pieces we have planned…

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More Than Just a Paycheck

Many of us are drawn to work in the nonprofit sector by the missions of our organizations, but our satisfaction with our work and the ways it impacts the rest of our lives are key factors in keeping us motivated…

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“Do You Have Any Questions for Us?”

After asking questions of your applicant, it’s typical to end an interview by asking if they have any questions for you. Generally, it’s a good sign when they have some prepared as it can show they are serious about the…

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Coming Up: Idealist Grad School Fairs

Here at Idealist, we’re about to kick off our graduate school fair season. Since 2004, we have been helping prepare the next generation of nonprofit leaders by connecting thousands of prospective students with hundreds of admissions representatives from graduate programs…

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Five Things to Look for in a Resume

Resumes are short but dense little documents. After you’ve posted your job and the resumes start coming in, those little documents can turn into a lot to look at. While it’s pretty easy to spot glaring errors like missing job…

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Good Internships End with Good Offboarding

It’s hard to believe it’s almost August! With the end of the season in sight, many of you will be winding down your time with interns. You may have read our article, “Good Internships Begin with Good Onboarding,” about bringing…

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