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Hire Me: The Hustle to Find Scarce Social Enterprise Jobs

While entrepreneurs drive social enterprise, there’s a flood of workers competing for impact jobs.



In an economy that taught many the folly of greed and the value of purposeful work, social entrepreneurs represent our higher aspirations—so it's no wonder that so many people want impact jobs. Yet competition, the relative nascence of the movement, and a tough economy has made finding employment at a social venture an even riskier bet than landing work in the general job market.

Sydney Malawer is among the workers vying for limited jobs in this emerging sector. After graduating from Cornell in 2008 with a design and environmental analysis degree, Malawer met with recruiters who visited campus, but she wasn’t impressed by the companies or the series of underwhelming desk jobs they offered. “I kind of want a job that I don’t have to rationalize why I’m there,” she says.

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The Life-Changing Power of a Good Nap—And a Smart Business Plan

MIssion-driven social entrepreneurs can't forget the fundamentals of building a successful business when they set out to change the world.

Social enterprise is often described as a marriage between mission and profit, doing good and doing well. Ideas for socially conscious ventures don’t typically spring from market testing, but from a eureka moment: There’s a problem in the world, and, hey, I know how to fix it.

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Sell Less, Share More: OpenTable's Founder Moves Toward Social Impact

After building a successful company, Chuck Templeton decided he wanted his new startup to make the world a better place.

Many entrepreneurs have dot-com dreams: Come up with a fabulous idea, put it online, and make a bundle—call it the Instagram strategy. As a fantasy, it’s great. In reality, that chapter of the story ends with the question then what?

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Need Blind: Vision Spring and Warby Parker Shake Up Eyewear With Impact

Two social enterprises partner to battle unfair eyewear markup, bringing affordable glasses to Brooklyn hipsters and Indian farmers alike.

The right pair of glasses can give the gift of sight. The wrong pair can leave you looking like a coke-bottled doofus.

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Where Did Social Enterprise Come From, Anyway?

This moment in history may be a perfect storm for the rapid rise of social enterprise.

In the first installment of our new series on how social enterprise is changing business, Sarah Stankorb looks at the origins of the impact economy and why the sector is blowing up today.

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