Guidance for success

Hiring in the times of COVID-19

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It is impossible for your daily activities to not be affected by COVID-19. I type this as I begin 14 days self-isolation after a quick trip to the USA.  

Today, my thoughts are with hiring managers and job seekers. I lived through the H1N1 pandemic of 2009 as a hiring manager back in the day, and fully appreciate the uncertainty and extra layer of complexity COVID-19 has brought to all aspects of life. As an advisor to both employers and employees, I get to witness the excitement when a hiring manager finds the right fit and the joy of a successful candidate. I also witness the frustration when organizations in need of talented nonprofit professionals strike out and the disappointment when candidates don’t get the job. I’m here to help. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for everyone, and every organization is experiencing challenges and disruptions. So here are some tips on how to handle those related to hiring:

For organizations and hiring managers:

For candidates:

For both organizations and prospective candidates: 

Since my work with Gerard Search is focused on helping nonprofit organizations find fundraising talent, I am also mindful that many organizations are having to cancel fundraising events they really counted on to reach fundraising goals or have otherwise disrupted fundraising operations and may not be able to deliver the services they provide to the community. So when this is all over, we’ll all have to work extra hard to make up for lost time and opportunities…

In the meantime, I would love to hear how you and your organization are handling hiring or job hunting in these challenging times. I am also here to help and brainstorm ideas with you, feel free to reach out with a question via email ( or on LinkedIn.