|Q:||How do I approach DRG regarding a search?|
|A:||The best way to contact DRG is by forwarding your resume to us by mail or
e-mail. You can fax your materials to us, provided you mail original copies
as well. All resumes are then stored in our proprietary database.
Along with your resume, please help us understand your own interests and needs by letting us know in a cover letter what types of organizations and positions interest you most. Do you have any relocation issues? What is your salary history? See our Career Center for information on preparing resumes and other materials.
Candidates will be contacted when their experiences match the needs of an active search. As time goes on and you have changes in your current job status or personal contact information, you should update us.
|Q:||How does one go about getting noticed by a recruiter?|
|A:||It is important that your success and availability are brought to the
attention of a recruiter. In addition to mailing your materials, you should
send us recommendations and referrals from those who may know the recruiter.
Once you are active in a search, it is best to be guided by the recruiters´ suggestions. Our recruiters understand the client´s needs and expectations. Let the recruiter be the liaison with the client and guide all communications. See our Career Center on articles talking about working with recruiters.
|Q:||Are DRG recruiters able to meet with me to discuss career issues?|
|A:||We meet with individuals whose background matches an active DRG search. Recruiters are not career counselors, resume writers, or advisors. They rarely meet with candidates outside of the context of a specific search. Our Career Center is full of information that will help you consider issues in nonprofit career planning.|
|Q:||How will my resume be treated once it´s received by DRG?|
|A:||Your resume never leaves our office without your permission. All materials and conversations between candidates and DRG are held in the strictest confidence. We will never mention a candidate to a client without speaking to and meeting with the candidate first. Our ability to have conversations in confidence with clients and candidates alike allows us to develop a level of mutual trust with our candidates.|
|Q:||My employer doesn´t know that I´m currently looking for other work. How confidential are my materials and conversations?|
|A:||We work hard to maintain confidentiality and understand the importance of discretion. We continually remind and caution our clients about this issue throughout the search process. In the initial exploratory phases of a search, we can guard the confidential nature of the search. However, once you reach the point where you and the client want to continue to discuss the position, it is both ethically and professionally correct to let your current employer or board leader know that you are having these conversations. Our consultants will guide you in this process.|
|Q:||My professional background draws from experiences outside of the nonprofit sector. Is it possible to transition into a nonprofit career?|
|A:||This is a question we´re often asked. From our experience, for-profit executives are most successful in transitioning into the nonprofit sector if they possess some prior understanding of charitable organizations. Get nominated to a board. Become involved in professional associations for nonprofit executives. Take continuing education courses at your local college. Like all industries, the nonprofit setting has its own set of common practices, rules of ethics, issues of the day, community building strategies, etc. The more comfortable and familiar you are with the field, the better your chances are of making the transition successful.|