Getting to know you

Our aim is to help you find the right job. We will support you through every step of the recruitment process, using our expertise and focus on customer care. The first step is to send us a copy of your CV. If you prefer to chat first, then please just give us a call.

If we think we can help, we will invite you to our offices to discuss your job search in more detail. We really want to get to know you so that we can offer the best possible advice on matching your experience to appropriate jobs, and on improving your CV and general marketability.

If we don't think we can help you we will be honest, and provide some helpful feedback and suggestions for you moving forward.

 

How we can help

Once you are registered, we will discuss any relevant vacancies and notify you of new posts as soon as they come in. Your application will be treated as strictly confidential and we will never send your CV to an organisation without your permission.

We will always tell you which charity a role is with, and provide you with the job description and a background brief. We will only send you vacancies that closely match your requirements.

We will guide you through the application process for each job, help you with application forms and supporting statements and, when you secure an interview, we will be there to help you fully prepare. If you are successful, we will negotiate the offer on your behalf and, if not, secure feedback to help you with your next interview and continued job search.

New to fundraising

There are a number of different areas of fundraising:

Community - local fundraising through volunteer groups, events and local companies.

Corporate - raising funds from companies through staff fundraising, cause-related marketing, sponsorship, payroll giving and through larger strategic partnerships allied to the practical work of the charity.

Direct Marketing - raising income from individual donors by mail, telephone, face to face contact and through digital means.

Events - income-generating special, sporting, challenge and mass participation events.

Major Donors - raising money from high net worth individuals.

Trust, Statutory and Big Lottery - application-based fundraising.

 

The skills you need

Specific experience of fundraising is beneficial but recruiters will often look for transferable skills gained from other sectors. Fundraising, put simply, is about relationship-building whether with a company, volunteer group or high net worth individual. Account management and new business skills gained commercially are very relevant to corporate fundraising roles.

Research and writing skills transfer well to trust, statutory and Big Lottery positions; individual
client management skills to major donor fundraising. Marketing and PR skills are often directly transferable, however these types of roles tend to be less prevalent.

Do as much research as possible. Look at charity job boards and contact organisations that provide sector training and information (eg Charity Job, Working for a Charity and the Institute of Fundraising).

www.charityjob.co.uk
www.wfac.org.uk
www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk

CV do's

A CV is a marketing document and should provide an employer with a brief outline of your skills and relevant work experience. Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your CV to no more than 2 sides of A4.
  • Provide clear, concise and relevant information.
  • Punchy introductory profiles - who you are, your experience and what you are looking for next.
  • List your career history giving the name of each employer with dates, your job title, and a brief description of your duties.
  • Summarise your educational/professional qualifications and skills.
  • Detail any relevant voluntary experience.
  • Include interests - they may make you stand out.
 

CV don'ts

Recruiters will use your CV to decide whether or not to offer you an interview, so it is a vital document to get right, however try to avoid:

  • Skills based CVs.
  • Too much prose, try to use bullet points instead.
  • Writing in the third person.
  • Photos -no, no, no!
  • Listing your experience in chronological order - your most recent work experience is what employers want to see and so should be on the front page.
  • Excluding facts and figures about income generation.

Guide and profile of a CV:
Download Guide here
Download CV here

Application forms

It's fair to say that these can be a bind to complete. However, they are your first opportunity to make an impression:

  • Make sure that your dates in relation to education and career history are accurate, explaining any gaps.
  • You will be given very little space under employment to outline duties and so just include the salient points.
  • The most important part is the 'freestyle' section. Follow the points on the person specification in the order that they appear, qualifying each with an example.
  • If needed, use one additional sheet.
  • Check over the form for spelling or grammatical errors.

How to complete an application form
Download PDF guide here

 

Supporting statements

This is equivalent to the 'freestyle' part of an application form and can either be called a supporting statement or a cover letter:

  • Don't write endlessly; keep it to 1½ sides max.
  • Make it easy for the reader by addressing the points on the person specification in the order that they appear, qualifying each point with an example.
  • Include examples from both your current and previous employment, and relevant voluntary experience.
  • Remember to include a summary of your reasons for applying for the post and wanting to work for the charity.
  • Check over the document for spelling or grammatical errors.

Writing supporting statements
Download PDF guide here

Preparing for an interview

Interviews can be daunting, however the interviewers are not there to catch you out, but are assessing whether you are the right person for the job:

  • Preparation is key. Most questions are based on how your experience matches the person specification.
  • Do as much research on the charity as possible - the knowledge and enthusiasm you show at the interview could make all the difference.
  • Read through your CV, application form or supporting statement beforehand so that you are ready for any related questions.
  • Think about why someone should employ you. Ensure that you know what the job entails and can explain your suitability, giving relevant examples.
  • Prepare some answers beforehand to common questions such as 'why you would like the job' and 'what makes you the best candidate'.
 

Making a good impression

It is vital to make a good impression from the moment you walk into the building:

  • Best bib and tucker - dress very smartly as it is expected even if the charity has a casual dress code.
  • Engage with the interviewer(s) by making eye contact, and shaking their hands. Also smile, it breaks the ice.
  • If there is more than one questioner, always make sure that you include the other(s) when you answer.
  • Take your time in answering each question. Always qualify your answers with examples pertinent to your own experience.
  • Try to be concise - the most common feedback we receive is that people over elaborate.
  • At the end of the interview, if you are interested in the role, make sure you leave the panel in no doubt that you want it!

Tell us about you

Please fill out the form below, attach your CV, and we will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your job search further. We reply to everyone who sends us their CV.

 

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