Job Seekers

Mastering the Video Interview

Like it or not, the video interview is a recent development that’s here to stay. At my executive search firm, Koya Leadership Partners, we leverage video interviews as a standard part of our candidate evaluation process, and more and more clients are building them into their own processes in order to save time and money. But for job candidates, they require a bit of a different approach.

Here are a few tips that will help you make a great impression in […]

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Sector Switching: Making the Jump From For-Profit to Non-Profit

Sector switchers — job candidates who have decided to move from the for-profit sector to the nonprofit world — are increasingly common. Many job seekers I talk to are seeking work that feels more meaningful and mission-driven. But it’s not always easy to make the move. Candidates often struggle to frame their experience in a way that makes sense to nonprofit employers and sometimes find it difficult to break through the initial resistance to the fact their background is in […]

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Networking 101: How to Standout to Recruiters at Conferences

Koya had the pleasure of serving as an exhibitor at the National Black MBA Association conference that held at the New Orleans Convention Center at the end of last year. The conference features panels that address topics such as career, education, entrepreneurship, lifestyle and leadership, and attracts more than 9,000 business minded attendees, annually.

We had the opportunity to connect with many talented people from across the country. As we engaged in conversation with potential candidates and handed out our (coveted) […]

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Tips for Working With a Recruiter

As a recruiter focused on the nonprofit sector, I’ve interacted with thousands of candidates over the years. And I’ve often wished that more people understood how to fully leverage the recruiter-job candidate relationship. To that end, here are some tips for working with a recruiter that will help you land your dream job in the new year.

Return our calls! A recruiter could be reaching out to you to tap your network or to see whether you’re interested in a particular […]

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Tips for Leveling Up: Part 1

In July, we sought answers to that “what’s next” question with our Leveling Up professional development event. How does someone with a few years under their belt leverage their connections, skills and experience into their next great role?

We gathered for an evening of answers, ideas, and discussion with Jackie Hanselmann Sergi and Melanie Damm of Koya Leadership Partners, a national executive search firm dedicated to placing exceptionally talented leadership at nonprofit organizations. Jackie and Melanie gave us a better understanding […]

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Tips for Negotiating a Job Offer

Negotiating the terms of a job offer, specifically compensation, can be challenging for even the most senior executive. It’s not easy to walk that fine line between advocating for yourself and avoiding overstepping, asking for more than the organization can give, or, as many people fear, appearing “greedy” in the context of a nonprofit organization. Here are five tips for ensuring mutually agreeable negotiations:

1. Have the compensation conversation early. If you wait until the offer stage to talk about your […]

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Five Tips for Starting a New Job on the Right Foot

Once you’ve landed a new position, it’s critical to shift your focus from interview mode to making a successful transition into your new role and quickly establishing your credibility.

Here are five tips to help you get started in a new job on the right foot:

Start working before your first day. There is much you can do in advance of your first day on a job to ensure you hit the ground running. This includes learning more about the organization’s strategy […]

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The Perfect Match: Bringing CFO Candidate Anand Kesavan and KIPP Austin Together To Make A Difference

In 2014, Koya Leadership Partners had the pleasure of working with KIPP Austin to find the perfect candidate for their chief financial officer (CFO) position. We found and placed successful investment banker Anand Kesavan, who decided to trade his corporate gig for fulfilling work in the nonprofit sector after working one-on-one with Koya to ensure he was the perfect match for the job. A strong candidate with family ties to charter school work, Anand and KIPP Austin really were the […]

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Five Ways to Leverage Your Network for a Search

Clients come to an executive search firm for a range of reasons. One of those reasons is usually our network. After a decade of focus on executive recruiting in the nonprofit sector, Koya Leadership Partners has cultivated a deep and wide network of candidates and connectors that we regularly tap for each search.

But that doesn’t mean our clients’ networks aren’t important, too. One of the key strategies we employ for all of our searches is working closely with our clients […]

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Interview Tips for Nonprofit Job Seekers

Preparing for job interviews is critical whether you’re a seasoned executive or working your way up to the next level. Managing Partner Molly Brennan’s article, Five Tips for Nonprofit Executive Job Seekers, provides some helpful tips in Philanthropy News Digest.

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Are You In The Right Job?

Managing Partner Molly Brennan was quoted in a Fast Company article: 10 Signs You’re In The Wrong Job, And What To Do About It. Here are 10 key signs:

You no longer believe in what the company does.
Your job doesn’t tap into your natural abilities.
You don’t understand the purpose of your job.
You aren’t gaining new skills or you don’t feel challenged.
You don’t find joy in the victories at work.
You don’t feel your work is valued.
You realize growth opportunities are severely limited.
You […]

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