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Volunteering is key to breaking into the third sector
Handily for those who’ve already signed up to volunteer, organising and taking part in voluntary events is essential for getting your first charity job. You need to stand out from the crowd. This means finding time to volunteer with a charity or community-based organisation. Having relevant experience and skills is more valuable than lots of qualifications. Pick a few charities you fancy working for and write to the relevant member of staff to ask them if you can shadow them for a few days. If they say yes, you have an ideal way of building relationships in the sector.
When looking for charity jobs, be adaptable
It’s important to be flexible when looking for your first job. You’re unlikely to land your perfect role immediately, and demonstrating flexible skills will help you stand out from the crowd. There is a lot to be said for candidates who are multi-skilled or have a number of specialities. You can sell yourself as dynamic, adaptable and an asset to any number of departments.
Persevere to get your first charity role
The voluntary sector is competitive so part of breaking into an organisation is simply to keep going. Part of what makes candidates successful is showing your passion to recruiters. The key is to flesh out why you want to work for a charity with examples of why you share an affinity with them. Quote an article, statistic or something from their website, anything to show that you’ve gone above and beyond can help you stand out.
Make your job applications clear, tailored and concise
How you write your cover letter can make all the difference when applying for jobs in the third sector. You need to make sure you absolutely address in your letter the main areas that a charity is looking for, and that you do so in a succinct and well-written way. When you apply, ensure your cover letter includes all the skills and personal abilities highlighted in the job description. Likewise, it’s important to make sure your CV is concise so it’s easy for recruiters to see your skills. CVs should be laid out clearly with skills and achievements at the beginning of the document. Voluntary work is important and should be included on CVs as another skill set. This will help prove you have passion and an interest in the charity’s work.