Getting a great job in a Charity
In 2013 as austerity and a recent recession bite, charities and third sector organisations have a massive role to play. Employers in this field are looking for creative, entrepreneurial people to help charities express their vision and connect with an audience in new and innovative ways.
If you're looking for a new job and one that makes a difference in people's lives then read on - this area could be for you. These five tips will set you on your way towards dream Charity jobs.
1. Which sector works best? Is it a charity working with young people or a foundation helping the disabled? Maybe an environmental campaigning group or a human rights organisation. At the start of the process, think hard about where you'd like to work and where your skills might fit. Many charities will be looking for people with professional skills they lack. What gifts and abilities have you picked up in previous jobs that they will really need? Make sure at interview they know all about them.
2. Prepare a great CV. This is often the first impression people will get of you. Present and design the CV well, think about how it is received and what information people will read first. Include space for a specifically tailored paragraph linking your skills to the job you're applying to. Write a short personal statement at the end and make sure the CV stays on two pages. Use current or recent information, showing you're living in the now as opposed to the past.
3. Find a website with the best Charity Job Vacancies for you. Third Sector Jobs is one such website well worth a visit. In applying for posts it's important to think online as most of the vacancies will appear here. Think about which newspapers also might help whether local to the area, or national jobs supplements.
4. Who are the charity you're applying to? This is vital for Charity job vacancies. Often you'll be applying to a charity with a particular ethos or vision. Maybe they will hold a particular ethical standpoint on an issue or champion a specific approach to their work. What is their vision? Who do they work with? Who else works in this field? Expect at interview to be grilled in this area. These people may well love the charity they work for.
5. Be yourself and invest yourself. These organisations often begin with one person caring about an issue or group of people and seeking to do something to change their lives. Remember this as you apply. Try and get into the heart of the organisation. If you get the job, it's going to become central to you.
Although many charities are struggling financially right now, charity jobs and third sector jobs remain posts which are regularly advertised. Charities are seeking people to renew them for this new era - could that be you?