4 Reasons to Work in the Not For Profit Sector – and how to do it

Although trust in financial services companies, energy companies and property developers may be at an all time low in this post crash, flat lining economy, one sector which is brimming with confidence and where the feel good factor is high, is the not for profit sector. (Others may refer to it as the charity sector or third sector). In fact, there are many good reasons to work for the not for profit sector and I have outlined four of the best reasons below.

1. Its more engaging working in the not for profit sector

Yes, a quick look at this years Employee Engagement Index by the CIPD shows that over half (55%) of employees in the charity sector feel engaged at worked, compared to 41% last quarter. This compares well to the private sector where employee engagement levels languish at 37% and compares particularly well against the public sector where employee engagement levels wallow at 33%.

2. Highest levels of job satisfaction are enjoyed by not for profit employees the survey finds,  (a net score2 of +52, compared with +25 in public sector and +45 in private sector)

3. You have better work life balance

The CIPD study found that you are most likely to achieve the right work life balance in the not for profit sector, (61% compared with 55% in public sector and 57% in the private sector).

4.You are more likely to have trust and confidence in your managers

The study found that not for profit workers are most likely to have trust and confidence in their leaders (+19 and +23 compared with -25 and -22 in the public sector and +12 and +14 in the private sector).

So, it seems that from an overall quality of experience point of view, working in the not for profit is better than working in the private or public sector. Therefore, if you are currently working in the private or public sectors and are feeling jaded, it could be worth thinking about moving to the not for profit sector.

So, what’s the easiest way to find a job and/or launch a career in the not for profit sector? Simple, visit one of the many jobs sites that specialize in not for profit jobs and I have outlined 4 of the best sites below.

4 Top Sites To Find a Not For Profit Job

1.TPP Not For Profit. TPP are an award winning hiring organization and job portal servicing the charity sector and they have jobs in: fundraising and development, finance and accounts, office and administration, HR, Marketing & Communications, Healthcare, Social care and Housing and senior appointments. Like all good recruitment sites you can search for jobs and if none are available you can register and sign up for job alerts. They also have detailed and industry specific career advice.

2.Totaljobs also has a charity jobs micro-site where you can search for charity jobs and get industry specific career advice.

3.Reed.co.uk also has a charity jobs portal where you can search for jobs but there is general and not industry specific career advice.

4.Charityjob.co.uk. This is another industry specific charity based jobs portal with job search and email alerts.

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