Applying for the job
In order to apply for The Nicest Job in Britain, we asked applicants to submit their most creative, compelling and engaging video applications. This was their opportunity to showcase their passion, their creativity and their personality.
Candidates were then responsible for drumming up support for their applications by campaigning for votes and social media engagement. And boy we weren’t disappointed! From national press, radio interviews, video diaries and celebrity endorsements; the applicants demonstrated their passion for doing good.
The Nicest Job Description
We’re looking for a special kind of person.
A willing, enthusiastic philanthropist with a passion for helping others. Someone who will be an active ambassador for us as well as all things good, travelling around Britain and lending a hand to a different charity or third sector organisation each week for a year.
Spreading our ‘pay it forward’ ethos far and wide and making a real difference to those who need it most.
Variety is the spice of life. And with this role, every day will be different. You will spend four days each week at a different charity or third sector organisation, carrying out whichever tasks they require help with.
From marketing to fundraising, to decorating and caring – your job is to help 40 incredible charities and tell their great stories at every step along the way; through your video blog, newsletter and social media channels.
Our National Philanthropy Manager – Alice Biggar
I’m Alice, the second person to take on the Nicest Job in Britain. Before joining Nicest Jobs I worked as a corporate solicitor for a large PLC company. Shortly after qualifying as a solicitor in 2015, I launched a personal blog challengealice.com with a challenge to live on £1 a day, in order to raise funds and awareness for the Trussell Trust food bank. The challenge resonated with a lot of people and the blog went viral, featuring on the BBC, ITV, Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Daily Telegraph, RTTV and Australian News.
I continued to blog in my free time and explore my passion for challenges (be it hitchhiking across Europe, entering stand-up comedy, old banger rallying or marathon running) and raising money and awareness for charity.
Why did I want the job?
I noticed that people like me often do their proudest, scariest, most awesome things for charity. I applied for the Nicest Job in Britain to learn more about these marvellous causes and what it is about them that leads ordinary people to step outside their comfort zones, volunteer their time unpaid and donate their money rather than spend it on themselves.
Behind each of the charities this year are people, each with their own unique story to tell. The Nicest Job in Britain is a platform which is all about celebrating ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things.
How did I get the job?
- A one minute initial video application (view below)
- Two months of intense campaigning
- Some more rather silly videos (which can be viewed here, here and here)
- A public vote.
- Ten day fundraising challenge – which saw me crawl 5K on my hands and knees dressed as a dalmatian for RPSCA.
- Televised final with the head of our sponsor Givergy, Marie Curie staff and Gary and Luke founders of Nicest Jobs.