Finding a job in charity can be tough. We spoke to our friends at CharityJob about changing careers.
Since 2015 we’ve helped people learn how to be better charity professionals; over time we’ve learned a few things about what it takes to break into the sector.
Most charities are small, and they need hiring staff to feel like a slam dunk. Understandably, they’d rather spend people’s donations on helping their beneficiaries instead of lengthy or complex recruitment drives. So how do you know what they want and what’s on offer? And how do you convince them you’re valuable as an outsider?
Our advice summed up in five words or less: “Learn about how charities work”
We put our heads together and, in the video below, we share the strategies that we have seen prove successful for candidates when it comes to finding a job in charity.
Without doubt one of the biggest problems job seekers face is understanding the charity sector, but there are some great resources out there if you’re willing to put the work in:
- Charity Connect is a great place to ask questions.
- YouTube is a goldmine of great info. Here’s a playlist of videos recommended by Charity Fast-Track learners.
- And it would be remiss of us not to suggest that Charity Fast-Track courses like the Foundation programme are also brilliant ways to make progress on your goals.
However daunting it might feel to set out on a new career landscape, the best charities already realise that new blood is needed, bringing along with it a diversity of background, skill, and approach. One of the secrets of how to find a job in charity is to get better informed, understand how your skills will solve the challenges they face in day-to-day life, and make the decision to hire you as easy as possible.
After all, that’s what you’ll need if you want to make an impact.