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Need a job? Associations are hiring

We’re nearing college commencement season and there’s good news for grads: Associations are hiring.

According to a new PNP Staffing Group report, most associations report anticipated growth throughout the year, which means they need people to meet the demand. Specifically, for the among those surveyed, 89 percent are planning to hire new staff and 49 percent are planning to grant salary increases.

The survey found associations recognize the need to improve marketing and realize training for new staff and professional development opportunities are critical to success. Because of the concern about recruiting and retaining capable staff, training and professional development opportunities are cited as the highest priority by more than half of association respondents -  57 percent as compared to 39 percent reported last year.

“PNP’s survey findings indicate that associations appear to be more willing than ever to ‘stretch’ salary offers, to use new and innovative recruitment and interview strategies and to expand benefits to find and keep the staff they want and need,” the report says.

Fifty-two percent of associations planning to hire new staff this year said program expansion and growth are key reasons to hire new staff.

While the field is ripe for job seekers, associations contend there’s a lack of qualified candidates. More than ever, they say, there’s a serious skills gap.

The report found the major issues affecting hiring and compensation include scarcity of talent, competition from other nonprofits and the for-profit sector, the external political environment, national economic conditions and cuts in government funding.

“Associations in particular appear to be more willing than ever to ‘stretch’ salary offers, to use new and innovative recruitment and interview strategies and to expand benefits to find and keep the staff they want and need,” PNP Staffing Group CEO Gayle Brandel said.

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