Investing in society can be as simple as doing something once a year that’s not directly for you.

Do something that’s in line with your values and aspirations and that preferably leverages your unique soft and hard assets – in other words, make use of your competitive advantages.

Better still involve yourself in organizations that try to systematically improve society at a massive scale. enables global micro-lending to alleviate poverty; promotes entrepreneurship in developing markets; Start-up America helps support entrepreneurs across the US.

~ Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha in The Start-up of You


This is a guest post by John-Paul Rantac. 

Times they are changing, we’ve witnessed the toppling of governments in Egypt and Tunisia, and violent riots on the streets of London. The trigger for all of this – unemployment and job security. Protestors in Egypt and Tunisia say they have been pushed to the brink by the high levels of unemployment, whilst students in London took the fight straight to the Prime Minister and his cronies after they voted to increase University tuition fees to extortionate levels.

The situation in the US doesn’t fare much better, with Generation X unemployment at a shocking rate 25%, so much for The American Dream. With the future looking so bleak for today’s youth, job hunting has become an increasingly difficult and depressing situation. However, there are opportunities out there, one of which is working within the charity/fundraising sector. Whether it be paid or unpaid work, you can take pride in the fact that your work is contributing to many great causes.

Here are my five top tips for finding work in the charity/fundraising sector:


Ok, you might find comfort watching people whose life is more messed up then your own but that’s not going to improve your own situation. Charity Employers offers plenty of jobs with charities and NGOs – and they carry hundreds of voluntary work opportunities


  • Go for a walk

Bored of sitting in doors all day? Well take a walk down your high street a pop into the numerous charity shops you’re bound to find. The sales advisors there are sure to have useful information regarding available positions.

  • Consider internship

This is exactly what I’m currently doing and perfect for recent graduates. Whilst interning at Giveacar, not only am I’m helping to raise money for numerous charities, but I’m also gaining experience in marketing, the field which I eventually want a career in.

  • Do it yourself

For those of you with an entrepreneurial flair, why not set up your own charity/fundraising company. Not only can you be your own boss but the job satisfaction is second to none.

  • Think positive

Quite possibly the most important aspect of getting any job is to think positive. Make sure your resume and cover letter are tailored to the job specification and written creatively. Don’t fall in to the trap of having a standardised resume and cover letter which basically tells the employer that you have no confidence in getting the job.

Question:  How have you worked some good?


About the guest author:

John-Paul Rantac is a Marketing Executive for car scrap experts Giveacar