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Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of speaking to two brilliant fundraisers. Although one has specialised in corporate and events and the other in trust fundraising, they both had something in common: this was their first fundraising role having transferred from other industries. My corporate and...

Today we spoke with one of our candidates who is attending an interview next week. They informed us that they are now in self-isolation due to C-19. The candidate feels fine and is keen to have a virtual interview, if the charity is willing to do so....

Last week I had to tell a candidate that they came a close second at interview but they didn't get the corporate fundraising job they had applied for. This person was gutted. We spoke at length about the things that they could do to improve their...

  I have been leaping out of bed in the morning recently, not a state of affairs that is my default setting I have to add! There do seem to be a lucky few to whom this feeling is a natural constant but in my experience...

In 2001 I secured my first fundraising job with the National Film and Television School as the Marketing and Events Fundraiser.  From day one, I was put in charge of organising an auction of film and television memorabilia at Christie’s, the proceeds of which would go...

How do you get your first break into the charity sector? I am often asked for advice on how to land that first job in the charity sector and it is always one of those intriguing questions that requires a different answer every time. A few weeks...

I recenlty went to Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook and asked the following question: ‘Best thing about working in fundraising that doesn't involve the phrase ‘making a difference'?’ And I received some lovely reasons as to what drives fundraiser's all across the UK to get out of bed...

Unless you have been on another planet for the last few months you will be more than aware of the negative stories being told in the media about the charity sector and fundraising in particular. Now, I’m not suggesting the sector didn’t need a wake...

Part of my job as a charity fundraising recruiter is to collect references on behalf of my clients. More and more I am receiving factual references (ones that simply state the job title and length of service). It seems that character references (ones that actually...

An article in Third Sector entitled 'Unstructured interviews are a bad way to recruit' by Gill Taylor got me thinking yesterday. Gill is right, going on your gut instinct alone when recruiting could result in you employing the best blagger rather then the best candidate...