I’m looking for feedback about this.
Ever since I started the Nonprofit Tech Jobs list, I’ve wondered about how effective it is in matching technology professionals with nonprofit organizations that want to employ them. Ten years and more than 4,000 job postings later, I thought that I might as well solicit some anecdotal evidence that someone is benefiting. I also thought it would be interesting to hear about other channels through which ideal matches between techies and nonprofits were made.
I recently did an online shout-out soliciting success stories from members of the list, plus a couple of other nptech-oriented forums. Results: one extremely gratifying success story about making a great career move through the Nonprofit Tech Jobs list, and one Twitter message assuring me that the sender had a story but was unable to find the time to write it up.
So I’m thinking – two success stories after ten years and over 4,000 job postings? What’s that about?
I’ve come up with two possible explanations:
1) Very bad sampling methodology. The techies who find their ideal jobs (and the hiring managers at nonprofits who find their ideal techies) don’t stick around on the Nonprofit Tech Jobs list. Moreover, perhaps they don’t participate in general interest online communities about nonprofit technology, such as the Information Systems Forum.and NTEN’s general discussion list.
2) Very low success rate. There just aren’t that many success stories to report.
The first explanation seems likely and not terribly discouraging, except for people who are passionately interested in research methodology.