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Top Charity Employers

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Are you interested in working for a charity? Check out which ones are the top ten most popular non-profit graduate employers.

The Guardian UK 300 featured the most popular recruiters across all sectors. These are, according to its ranking, the top recruiters within the charity sector.

•             Amnesty International

•             Oxfam

•             WWF (World Wildlife Fund)

•             Save the Children

•             British Red Cross

•             NSPCC

•             Cancer Research UK

•             National Trust

•             Action for Children

•             Mind

Graduate volunteering

According to David Lale, Managing Director of recruitment consultants Charity People, volunteering is the best way to get started in this sector; “This not only makes it look like you are serious, but gives you useful contacts and experience,” suggests Lale.

Despite the fact that most graduates are not too keen to work for free, those hoping to get into the charity sector could consider their volunteering period as being equivalent to the many unpaid internships that young Brits are doing these days.

While small charities normally employ fewer people and expect them to be flexible and multi-skilled, large charities tend to recruit graduates into specialist roles, but there is always fierce competition for these positions.

According to Lale, graduates who are interested in working for a charity can also make themselves more attractive as prospective employees if they develop their skills working for a commercial organisation initially.

“A graduate could develop expertise and gain experience working for a business in an area such as marketing or accounting, and then apply to the non-profit sector as a second-jobber,” said Lale.

Although charities are not profit-driven, they need to deal with limited resources and make the most of them, which requires commercial awareness.

Have you considered employment within the charity sector? If not, it may be time to start thinking differently if you are struggling to secure a graduate position.

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