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Looking for HSP jobs to apply for?  

Sometimes I wish I was the owner of a giant organization focused on sensitively fixing all the world’s problems so I could just hire and offer a safe employment haven to you and all the other highly sensitive people who are still seeking career alignment.  

Unfortunately, I’m just a company of one, so I’ll have to settle for the second best thing I can do.  As a career coach for HSPs, I have learned a thing or two about how to find HSP jobs and I love to share what I know.

But let’s start with the basics.  What even is an HSP job?  

what qualifies as an "HSP job"?

An HSP job is any job that an HSP is happy with. 🙂 

The tricky thing about HSP jobs is that even though we have sensitivity in common, we are not carbon copies of each other.  So what makes one HSP happy, might be a terrible fit for another HSP.  For example, I know HSPs who love working as therapists.  But I also know HSP therapists who were weighed down to the point of burnout by their clients’ emotions.  And I know HSPs who love teaching young children.  But I also know HSPs who were way too stimulated by the noise and chaos of an elementary school.

So to find your HSP job requires a pretty high degree of self awareness and getting really specific about what exactly it is that you are looking for.  One of the problems with many of the career counseling resources out there is that they tend to be too one-dimensional and mostly focused on the tasks to be performed in a given job.  Or you are just given a list of “career matches” from which you are somehow magically supposed to be able to choose “the one”.

In my experience, career satisfaction consists of six components or what I like to call the six puzzle pieces:

  • Talents
  • Passions
  • Work environment
  • Purpose
  • Money
  • Skills  

For most people, all six of these puzzle pieces need to be considered in order to achieve job satisfaction.  Typically, there isn’t just one way for these pieces to come together, but they all need to be taken into account. 

The things that are missing most often for my HSP career coaching clients are the right work environment and a sense of purpose.  Most of my clients fall into one of two camps:

  • HSPs whose current work environment is such a poor fit for a highly sensitive person that it has driven them to either the brink of burnout or all the way there.  They need either remote work, more flexible work hours, or more like-minded coworkers.  Or all of the above.  
  • HSPs who have found a way to make money, but who are lacking a sense of meaningful purpose.  They want a job that  satisfies their desire to make a positive impact and a difference in other people’s lives.

So where does that leave you?

Well, if you are not yet fully clear on what exactly qualifies as an HSP job for you or what you are looking for in terms of the six puzzle pieces of career satisfaction, please check out my HSP Career Discovery Online Course.  It walks you through systematically figuring it all out. 

If you are stuck in analysis paralysis or overwhelmed by the thought of career transition, you might be interested in my HSP Career Coaching Services.

If you are not sure that you want “a job” at all and you are considering self employment, you can read about the Upsides & Downsides of Self Employment for Highly Sensitive People or check out my HSP Business Coaching & Mentoring Services

But if you are like so many other HSPs who are seeking jobs with purpose, remote or flexible jobs, or an HSP-friendly work environment, keep reading… 🙂 

how to find hsp jobs

WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR HSP JOBS WITH PURPOSE

There are many ways to find purpose in one’s job and many ways to contribute to making the world a better place for all of us.  With that being said, lots of HSPs feel called to work for organizations whose explicit mission is not making a profit but helping people and the environment.  

You can find nonprofit organizations and the jobs that come with them in any of the usual career platforms.  For example, Linkedin has a curated job collection for non-profits.  But there are also job boards that focus exclusively on social-impact jobs.  Here are 12 of them: 

Idealist calls themselves “the world’s largest social-impact job board”.  Their “job listings include opportunities spanning a variety of nonprofits, social-impact businesses, and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.”  A majority of the listings are based in the US, but there are also listings for other parts of the world.  On the day I checked, Idealist's free-to-use job board included around 3,500 US-based listings and roughly 400 based in other countries.  

Impact Pool is a free career platform that gathers “vacancies from hundreds of international organizations around the world, covering all UN organizations, International Financial Institutions, European Union and the most influential Intergovernmental and Non-Governmental organizations.”  The platform carries more than 4,000 listings from all over the world.

80,000 Hours is a nonprofit organization promoting the idea that we all have about 80,000 hours in our careers (40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, for 40 years) and we had better make it count.  Their website includes a free career guide as well as a free-to-use job board advertising impact jobs.  On the day I checked, the job board had almost 900 listings - roughly 400 of them based in the US and the rest elsewhere in the world.

Devex is a news organization that covers global development issues.  One of the services they offer is a job board with worldwide job postings in international development organizations.  You can do a free search and see what kinds of jobs come up to get an idea for whether this service is for you.  But seeing all listings in full requires a paid subscription of $9.50 per month.  Their platform features more than 4,000 job listings around the world.

Work for Good is a nonprofit organization themselves and their “mission is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect”.  Their job board features US-based positions only.  In addition to searching individual job listings for free, you can also check out their list of more than 3,000 employers and recruitment consultants.  

Foundation List is another US-based "job board for nonprofit organizations, foundations, associations, healthcare, and educational institutions."  This job board is free for job seekers.

Tech Jobs For Good is a social impact tech job board with the aim of helping mission-driven companies find the best tech talent.  You can view roughly 200 tech jobs for free or pay $19 per month for a premium membership that gets you access to 250+ additional job listings.  All jobs listed are based in the US.

Charity Job bills itself as “the UK's first and foremost specialist job board for the non-profit, NGO, social enterprise, CIC and voluntary sectors.”  Their job board is free to use and has more than 2,000 listings.

Third Sector Jobs is a UK-based platform run by Third Sector editorial, which is “the UK’s leading publication for people wanting to know everything that’s going on in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector.”  On the day I checked, their free-to-search job board had close to 300 listings.

charity village (CANADA)

Charity Village “is a career resource to over 170,000 charitable and nonprofit organizations across Canada”.  Their job board is free to search and has more than 500 listings.

make sense (FRENCH-SPEAKERS)

The Make Sense Association offers a free platform for French-speaking job seekers, with “hundreds of new social-impact job offers” published daily.  When I last checked, there were more than 7,000 listings.

ngo jobs (GERMAN-SPEAKers)

NGO Jobs is a job platform dedicated to non-profit jobs in German-speaking Europe.  Their job board is free to use and has nearly 600 listings.

when you are looking for remote and/or flexible hsp jobs

If you are looking for a social impact job that is also remote and/or part-time, I recommend filtering for those features in the job boards listed above.  However, if you are looking to expand your search across a wider variety of remote jobs, there are job boards that focus exclusively on work-from-home and work-from-anywhere positions.  Here are my four favorites.

NoDesk is a global job platform with a mission to “enable talented humans and companies to work together remotely.”  Their filters include remote jobs by region of the world as well as true “work from anywhere” jobs with no geographic restrictions in terms of where you work from.  When I last checked, there were more than 300 listings - all free-to-search.  

FlexJobs features remote and flexible jobs in the US and around the world.  All the jobs listed on FlexJobs are verified by a real person, so you don’t need to waste time on scams.  FlexJobs listings include more than 100,000 online jobs from more than 6,000 companies.  You can search and see a short version of all job listings for free to get a sense of what’s there, but to access the full job listings, you need to be a paid subscriber.  Plans start at $2.95 for a 14-day trial.

Working Nomads curates remote job offers from around the world.  Their database includes more than 30,000 remote job listings, of which 18,000 are based in North America, nearly 5,000 in Europe, and more than 500 true "work from anywhere" jobs with no geographic restrictions.  You will be given a sample of free listings to view, but to search the full database requires a premium membership at $17.95 per month or $59.95 per year.

Remote Rocketship has a database of nearly 40,000 work-from-home jobs.  More than 22,000 of them are based in the US, about 8,000 in Europe, and 300 are categorized as "anywhere in the world" meaning that there are no geographic restrictions.  To unlock the full database, you need a paid membership at $5 per week, $18 per month, or $60 per year.

when you are looking for an hsp-friendly work environment

I often meet HSPs in career transition who are operating under the assumption that if they just pick the right job title or career field, they will automatically land in an HSP-friendly work environment.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  Sure, you might be more likely to find calm, human-centered workplaces in some fields than others.  But the work environment is mostly created by individual organizations and the humans who happen to be working there.  

Unless you already know a lot about a particular organization, the only way to get a real feel for what it would be like to work there is by interviewing.  Your day-to-day experience is shaped not only by the overall culture of the organization, but the team of people you will be working with the most.  While there can be some clues in the organization’s mission statement or the way the job ad is phrased, it’s really the individual personalities who you will be dealing with on a daily basis that make the biggest difference.  And you need to meet with them to get to know them.

Sometimes job seekers feel like sending a job application signifies commitment to taking the job if it’s offered.  But that’s not the case at all.  I’m constantly reminding my clients that the interview process is just as much about them interviewing the organization as it is about the organization interviewing them.  The interview is your opportunity to determine if the work environment is a good fit for you.

best of luck with your hsp job search!

I hope the resources listed here are helpful with your HSP job search.  Feel free to also check out my full HSP Career Guide for more articles about HSP careers. 🙂

About the Author

Hi, I'm Anni! I'm a life and career coach for stressed out highly sensitive people. My mission is to help you discover your true self and create a life you ACTUALLY like.

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