Working in the third sector offers more than just job satisfaction
Working in the charity sector gives you much more than great job satisfaction, it can also benefit you financially too! You might be surprised at the salaries available when working for a good cause. Most people are probably under the impression that those working for charity do so on their own time; this is not always the case.
If you want to work in the charity sector, you more than likely have the drive to help others and gain pleasure from the charitable work that you do. Lending a helping hand to those who are less fortunate than you, really can give people a sense of accomplishment and a heightened feeling of self-worth. The charity sector also has the ability to change people's self perceptions and world views: opening their eyes to issues and situations they were previously unaware of.
Although the charity sector has been affected no differently than the public and private sectors during the recession, despite more competition than ever, recruitment for jobs in the charity sector is steadily on the rise again. There has also been an emergence of recent graduates applying for charity sector graduate schemes; proving that interest in the third sector is not dead.
Equally as great, for graduates looking to break into a paid charity sector job they are not short of opportunities to seek out free charitable work to go in favour of their application; unlike trying to find an internship or experience to add to your CV for a private or public sector position. One point to consider when entering the third sector recruitment process is that charities are more likely to be interested in you as a person on a whole, as they tend to see positions as more of a vocation and a lifestyle choice, rather than just a nine-to-five.
If you work as a marketing manager or events planner and fundraiser then you could see substantial financial benefits of moving over to the charity sector. Not only could you get a salary increase but charity sector jobs come with 25 days holiday allowance per year as standard.
In order to be shortlisted for your perfect charity job you should first consider the type and size of charitable organisation you wish to work for. As in the entertainment sector, if entering the charitable world as a graduate, you will have to start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder. In order to secure that charity career you need to make sure that you tailor your CV and covering note for each application, making it relevant to the role and how your skills match that certain position. If you want to make a difference and are looking for charity job vacancies, Third Sector Jobs can help.