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Back in the earlier days of One Day, One Job, we used to occasionally feature companies that didn’t even have any entry level jobs posted. We always made sure to pick really cool companies, and then we would encourage you to do a little extra research and give cold calling a try. We’re going to bring back that practice for today, because we found a non-profit organization that many of you would be totally pumped to work for. It’s the World Cocoa Foundation, a non-profit that “encourages sustainable, responsible cocoa growing.” Investment bankers and consultants can drop the names of their employers all they want, but they’ll never top saying “Oh yeah, I work for the World Cocoa Foundation.” That’s an instant conversation starter.
Like I said, there’s no indication that the World Cocoa Foundation is hiring at the entry level, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask (or even try to convince them that they need to hire you). They are currently looking for a Finance Manager with 4+ years of experience, but that’s probably out of the league of even the most qualified and experienced new grads. So that you can cold call competently, let’s take a deeper look at what the World Cocoa Foundation actually does.
The Foundation’s mission is to “a sustainable cocoa economy through economic and social development and environmental conservation in cocoa growing communities.” They do this by “eveloping and managing effective, on-the-ground programs, raising funds and acting as a forum for broad discussion of the cocoa farming sector’s needs.” According to the WCF there are 40-50 million people who depend on cocoa for their livelihood. That’s a stunning number, and I think that most people who depend on chocolate for their happiness would want to ensure that those who provide them with the raw materials for their delicious treats are well compensated for their work. Whether sustainable agriculture is your passion, you’re all about fair trade, or you just love chocolate a job with the World Cocoa Foundation could be a dream come true. They may not have a job for you now, but you won’t know if you don’t ask. The World Cocoa Foundation is based in Vienna, VA (just outside of Washington, DC), and the best way to reach out to them about the possibility of entry level employment is to use the contact information on their Contact page. Don’t cold call without having done your research, so be sure to use the links below to get a good sense of what the organization is all about.
Links to Help You Begin Your Research
What do you think about the World Cocoa Foundation? Do you like posts like this or would you prefer that we stick to organizations that definitely have entry level jobs?
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