Charity jobs: what experience and skills do applicants need?

28th of March, 2012 Bookmark and Share

Many job seekers believe that they would not be eligible to apply for paid charity jobs, because they have no specific qualifications or experience in the field. However, available charity jobs are just as diverse as the charities themselves, because a large number of charities now operate in a way reminiscent of large businesses.

As well as the fundraising jobs and front line work you might expect, there are frequently charity vacancies advertised in HR, finance, management, PR and marketing, admin and secretarial roles, and even IT. Charity jobs are therefore an understandably popular choice for experienced private sector professionals who are looking for a change of career and want to give something back.

Entry level charity jobs are also becoming a popular choice for graduates and school leavers. Younger workers are able to develop their skills and specialise in their chosen field, while learning to appreciate the value of what the charity does. Furthermore, it's a much more worthwhile use of their time than many jobs at the same level, while doing work for charity looks great on any CV.

Everybody has something to offer a charity, even if it's enthusiasm and ambition. The range of charity jobs is very diverse, so you're bound to find one that suits your skill set; but with so many recruitment and jobs sites out there, it can be difficult to know where to start.

A list of current vacancies and voluntary roles in non-profit organisations, trusts and charities can be found on the Civil Society Jobs website. To find the job that's right for you, simply filter by charity type, job role and locations. If you're looking for your first job in the charity sector, you may also find the range of charity jobs advice guides and tips a useful resource. An extremely rewarding career is open to anyone, so start your search today.


Rachel Hand
Civil Society Jobs uses the full digital, print and event portfolio of Civil Society Media to put job-seekers and recruiters in touch with each other. These products regularly attract tens of thousands of high-calibre charity and non-charity professionals, who are looking for independent, trusted and up-to-the minute sources of news and information. Civil Society Jobs works effectively by seamlessly overlaying job vacancies and advice across this portfolio.