My wife has been trying to get a career in corporate social responsibility for over two years. She has a certificate in it, and is passionate about strengthening communities, tackling social challenges and solving complex problems. Do you have any suggestions on how to land a job in this field?
She sounds like a wonderful person, given her passion for making the world a better place, and you sound like her biggest fan. Congratulations to you both. Two years is a long time to be looking for a job, I have to admit, so we need to change something up to see if we can get a different result. Certificates are less important than how one presents oneself, and general work experience.
However, institutions that award certifications usually have job-placement help, too. Has your wife tried that route? Is she being realistic about what level job she’d be qualified for and seeking anything to break into the field? Human Resources is generally the department through which most company hiring occurs, but that doesn’t mean you should apply only through that department.
Your wife may benefit from some career-coaching advice to assess all of the components that go into a job search to see what needs to be done to change the outcome. You can help by continuing to be her cheerleader, because a positive attitude is important when looking for a job.