Finding a job that fulfills you is challenging and very time-consuming, but I can’t emphasize enough the importance of taking a pragmatic approach to finding your career calling – all too often people jump at the first opportunity they see, sacrificing things that drive them for the sake of working at a job with “mission”. You need more than mission to keep you engaged at work, so make sure to find a career direction that will give you purpose.
Once you settle on your career direction, the following 19 places are the leading options to find that next job that will help make the world better in the process.
Net Impact mobilizes new generations to use their skills and careers to drive transformational social and environmental change. Its conference and job board provide a vast array of opportunities at many levels.
Devex is a media and news platform following the global development industry, including nonprofits, corporations, social enterprises, governments, and intergovernmental groups. Its job board is massive, and they also have great career advice!
Escape the City is more than just a job list to help people transition to meaningful work. It also has in-person communities and educational programs to help people move careers or start their own business.
An inspiring social enterprise helping social change organizations find the best possible talent.
NextBillion chronicles new trends in market solutions to poverty that benefit the world’s 4 billion low-income producers and consumers. The site features in-depth analysis and opinion from thought leaders, researchers, and social entrepreneurs in the field. Its career center is continuously updated with opportunities across the “development through enterprise” market sector.
News, content, media, career advice, and global job listings from the group that brought you Idealist.
A listing site for member organizations of the Global Impact Investing Network and other impact investing leaders.
Benefit Corporations put purpose above profits. From local cafes to publicly traded companies, B Corps take all shapes and sizes, and this tool gives you a listing of B Corps with open jobs.
A nonprofit that has a job board for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.
A huge list of global development jobs and consulting opportunities from over 20,000 recruiters.
Unlike other jobs boards, this one comes without financial incentives – meaning that organizations don’t pay to post and you don’t have to pay to be a member.
This group, started by social entrepreneurs, is an incentive-free place for social innovation jobs and Fellowships.
Guides and job postings for careers with a positive social impact.
The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) is a hub for growing social enterprise that gathers over 35,500 professionals, organizations and students engaged in social change, peacebuilding, social entrepreneurship, development and related fields.
tbd* is a community of those committed to using their careers to change the world. More than a job board, it also has courses, content, and community members that can help you in your career search.
16. Local career coach and recruiting agencies that focus on social impact
Many countries and large cities have careers coaches and agencies that specialize in the social impact sector. Run a Google search and ask your network for local recommendations. A few that stand out to us include:
17. Your Alumni Network
If your previous school(s) has an alumni network, look for opportunities there. Many social change organizations have partnerships with educational institutions and post their jobs there.
18. Your local social enterprise meetup group
Many cities have meetup groups and/or networking happy hours that bring socially-minded people together. Head to meetup.com and search for “social enterprise”, “nonprofit”, and “sustainable development goals” in addition to other terms you care about to find a local group that’s right for you.
19. Local Nonprofit and Global Development associations
Many countries and larger cities have associations that convene nonprofits, social enterprises, corporate responsibility professionals, and government officials for networking and ongoing education. Search for a local group and get involved.
20. Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter
Find people and groups that form around the industries, causes, and geographies you are most interested in. Add value to these networks by sharing interesting content, articles, and promoting people there. It takes time to build your reputation online, so get started as soon as you can to build trust.
21. In-person networking and coffee chats
As we wrote in our popular article How to Find a Fulfilling Career that Makes the World Better, your network is critical to finding you a job. It takes a while to network, so invest your time early and often. Here are some tips to have productive networking meetings, and remember that volunteering is another great way to build your professional network and standout in the job hunt.
Remember that finding a job and making it to the interview stage are two very different things. Websites don’t give people jobs. People give people jobs. If you want a job, you need to build your network, and if you’re interested in the social impact industry, you also need to make sure you have a history of contributing to it, too. Here’s a post we featured on Devex about how to make the transition. And if you need more support, be sure to check out the MovingWorlds Institute.