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A guide to getting a charity job
A Guide toGetting a Charity Job TPP Not for Profit
What is the third sector?The Third Sector includes organisations that are not-for profit and nongovernmental, as distinguished from the Public and Private Sectors. It is alsoreferred to as the voluntary, community, non-profit or civic sector.There are currently over 181,000 charities in the UK today, employing around778,000 paid workers.Although there is certainly plenty of opportunity in the third sector, getting a firstjob in a charity, particularly in the current economic climate, can be challenging.
There is a wide variety of charities in the sector, providing services in differentareas: Number of organisations by category 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 Social services Religion Grant-making foundations Playgroups and nurseries Scout groups and youth clubs Village halls International Housing Employment and trainingCharities also vary greatly in size, with most being small organisations-89% ofcharities have an annual income of under £100,000. However, the largercharities employ the greatest number of staff.
Why work in the third sector?“This Government values the economic and social contribution of Britain’scharities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, and the extraordinarywork individual people do to improve the lives of others and of the mostdisadvantaged. It is the sector’s commitment and ability to support andmobilise people across the country that puts it at the very centre of our missionto deliver better public services and build the Big Society.“ - Nick Hurd – Minister for Civil Society
There are currently over 181,000 charities in the UK today, employing around778,000 paid workers. What’s more, new organisations and initiatives arecoming into being all the time, creating new charity jobs and an ever-risingdemand for new talent.One major attraction is the quality of life you get in the sectorNot-for-profit organisations have been quick to realise the merits of a goodwork-life balance, and they often offer much more flexible working conditionsthan the private sector, as well as the increased job satisfaction of knowing youare making a positive contribution to society.
Opportunities for career progression are hugeEspecially now that the not-for-profit arena is so diverse. Skills such asstrategic thinking, project management, fundraising and public relations, whichare core to many voluntary organisations, are now easily transferablethroughout the sector. However, jobs are still in high demand and this sector isvery competitive.Our advice if you are looking to enter the sector is to consider youroptions first.Think about what kind of work you’d like to do, and how this correlates withyour existing skills. Be flexible and patient. Take time to explore all the options.Then, once you’ve decided on an area, draw up a logical plan.
What should I consider?Consider your existing skills and previous experience. There is a huge range oforganisations in the not for profit sector, requiring employees with a widevariety of skills.There are some big skills and knowledge gaps that many voluntary sectororganisations need to address. These include: – Strategic IT expertise – Legal knowledge – Strategic planning & thinking – Health & safety – Marketing – Leadership experience & expertiseHowever, almost any set of skills will be relevant for some organisations withinthe sector.
Think about your interest and passionsCharities prefer to employ staff who genuinely believe in their mission, so theyremain motivated and enthusiastic. Looking for jobs that fit both your existingskill set and your interests will increase your chances of finding a role, as wellas making your time in the sector more rewarding.Be prepared to be flexible in your requirementsWhen looking for a job in the third sector, you’ll need to balance traditionalconsiderations such as salary, size of organisation and job title, against moreintangible benefits like increased job satisfaction, improved benefits and abetter working environment.
Gain experience in the sectorReview ways in which you can gain experience of the third sector and yourchosen type of organisation. Volunteering, temping or contract work, andbecoming a trustee are all ways in which to make yourself much more attractiveto prospective employers.Find out more about volunteering with TPP Not for ProfitFind out more about temping with TPP
What kind of work can I do?These are the main recruitment areas for not for profit organisations: – Service delivery roles – these roles are at the interface between the organisation’s mission and the people who access the service, for example social work, counselling – Volunteer management and co-ordination – Charity management, finance & administration – Marketing, communications and campaigning – organisations rely on getting their message across using different methods such as major public events and through the media. – Support services such as IT, facilities, secretarial – Infrastructure roles – there is considerable infrastructure set up to support and regulate this sector, for example, the Charity Commission – Human resources – Policy & research – Executive-level staff – Fundraising
There is no doubt that a career in the third sector can be rewarding andstimulating and can offer an employee the chance to not only make the presenta better place, but to also be part of shaping the future.Find out more about working with TPP at www.tpp.co.ukBrowse our latest charity jobsRead our career advice articles
What roles does TPP cover?TPP Not for Profit recruits for: – Senior and executive jobs in charities – Fundraising jobs in charities – Finance and accountancy jobs in charities – Office and specialist support jobs in charities – HR jobs in charities – Marketing and communications jobs in charities – Healthcare jobs in charities, GP practices and hospitals – Social care and housing jobs in charities and care homes – Education and training jobs in charities
About UsThe Charity Recruitment Specialist – TPP Not for ProfitTPP Not for Profit are a recruitment consultancy specialising in placingjobseekers in not for profit organisations. Established in 1996 as The PrinciplePartnership, we use our experience, specialist knowledge of the sector andshared values and principles to guide our candidates throughout their careers.“Our convictions guide everything we do and our staff are committed to drivingthem through every aspect of our business, using them as the foundationstones on which to build mutually beneficial relationships with you. Our aim isthat when you use TPP, our principles shine through in the service youreceive.” Jayne Morris Chief Executive Officer
Our DivisionsAll our consultants are sector specialists, able to offer the best advice and service toour candidates. TPP’s divisions cover the full breadth of charity roles:Senior Appointments 020 7198 6060 firstname.lastname@example.orgFundraising & Development 020 7198 6040 email@example.comMarketing & Communications 020 7198 6030 firstname.lastname@example.orgFinance & Accountancy 020 7198 6050 email@example.comHuman Resources 020 7198 6020 firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice & Specialist Support 020 7198 6020 email@example.comEducation & Training 020 7198 6090 firstname.lastname@example.orgHealthcare 020 7198 6080 email@example.comSocial Care 020 7198 6070 firstname.lastname@example.org