Career Advice

Charity Careers Scotland is GDPR Compliant

On 25th of May, GDPR came into force. We know you will have received lots of emails about this, but we want to highlight the most important points about GDPR once again. What is GDPR? GDPR stands for the General Data Protection Regulation which came into effect in the EU on May 25. This new…

How to Prepare for an Interview

Prepare or beware! Being prepared for an interview heightens your chances of becoming hired. Follow this list for tips on what to prepare before the interview, and what to do in and after the interview to wow the hiring manager!   1. Do your research What does the charity do overall? Do you understand the…

How to Answer the Salary Question. Do you truly deserve more or less?

The question every interviewee dreads usually comes close to the end of an interview. “So, what is your expected salary range?” The salary question is often mentioned, as charities need to know if they can afford to pay you before hiring you. The proposed question also answers several other questions – whether you are willing…

How to write a great covering letter

  A covering letter can make or break your chances of getting shortlisted for your dream job, however, it’s the area that most candidates fall down on. While CVs are carefully considered and crafted, all too often the covering letter is written in haste and half-heartedly. This does not go unnoticed by prospective employers and…

The Gender Imbalance In Fundraising

Bruce Tait, Chief Executive of Charity Careers Scotland and Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising talks about Gender Discriminsation in his latest article…. “Gender Discrimination Is Hindering Tech Industry Growth!” That was the headline in February when McKinsey Global Institute reported that women make up only 22% of game developers. The report was presented as a…

5 tips for a great job description

Great! you’ve got your new funding in place and have an idea about what kind of person you want for the role.  Now you need to craft the perfect job description. Here are our top tips to help you best present your vacancy and attract the best people.   1. Remember that the job description…

7 tips for a great application

Have you ever wondered why even though you apply for lots of roles, either you don’t hear back or miss out on shortlisting? It might be the case that you’ve got some excellent skills and experience and you know that you would be a great candidate for a role – but that’s just where there…

What does it take to have a career in care?

Social care is a growing sector with rewarding careers, different job roles and great opportunities for progression. Careers in care provide job security and help you gain a sense of personal achievement by helping others and making a positive impact on people’s lives. The care sector is a very diverse field with a variety of different paths to pursue. For example, you could work with children…

Benefits of Becoming a Trustee

A trustee is the most important person in a charity.  They oversee the running of the charity, set the overarching strategy of the business and ensure that their goals are being achieved. By bringing a variety of skills and experiences from their working lives, individuals can make a real difference to a cause that is…

A guide to the charity sector in Scotland

Scottish charities make up what is called the “third” or voluntary sector – the other two being the public sector (government; both local and national) and the private sector (commercial companies whose purpose is to make a profit. Other phrases used to describe charities include:   Non-Profits Non-Governmental Organisations Good Causes Scotland has over 23,000 charities,…