Global development recruiters share their top CV advice

By Kelli Rogers

Take time to craft your CV — down to the font choice. With record numbers of applicants seeking jobs in the development field, preparing an effective resume is essential. Devex asked recruiters what their one key piece of advice was when it comes to getting a CV right.

Cover letters: How to avoid the mistake that could offend your potential employer

If a CV is your opening statement, a cover letter is your closing argument. Make sure you aren't making this common mistake when writing a cover letter for global development positions.

Filling the gap: How to build your resume while unemployed

It can take months for a recent graduate or a professional in transition to find work in development. So what's the best way to spend your time — and build your resume — while you look for the perfect position?

Consultants: You aren't submitting your CV to a black hole

In the world of consulting, it’s all about who you know and who’s recommending the work you’re doing. In this video, RTI Global Health Recruiter Kate Wood offers tips for consultants to get noticed.

Get the interview: How to use your CV as a marketing tool

Your CV remains the first tool to land an interview, so avoid clichés whenever possible. Veteran recruiter Reginald Wilson presented this and other CV tips for development professionals at the 6th Annual Devex Career Forum in Washington, D.C.

Why (and when) to market your knowledge transfer skills

Find out what types of experiences Jon Herstein, international human resources operations director at RTI, recommends to include in your resume, and what he has to say about how RTI is adjusting salary and benefits to embrace a global marketplace of talent.

How to be a CV showoff without overwhelming a recruiter

How do you show your depth of experience in a traditional CV format without overwhelming a recruiter? Devex's Kate Warren explains.

How to put 'passion in a resume'

What advice does Pamela O'Connor have for job seekers in international development? Watch this exclusive video interview with Catholic Relief Services&' executive vice president of human resources.

How to ask for and learn from a CV critique

There are many reasons why you may not land a job you’ve applied for — and it’s easy for job seekers to draw the wrong conclusions. The solution is simple, though, according to a senior HR business partner with RTI: Ask.

The truth about cover letters

Cover letters: Sure, they're important, but how crucial are they really to landing a job in international development? Kate Warren, Devex director of global recruitment services, explains.

Top resume mistakes local professionals make

Want to stand out as a local applicant? International development recruiters share the most common resume mistakes they see on resumes and provide advice on what to include to effectively sell yourself on paper.

The dreaded 2-page CV, for seasoned aid workers

As a senior development professional, you may have an edge when pursuing a coveted consulting or staff position. But what if you’re being asked to submit a two-page resume?

CV writing for foreign aid consultants: Your FAQs

Top recruiters answer some of your burning questions on how to write a strong resume as an international development consultant.

How to showcase your skills-based volunteer experience

Make sure to highlight the initiative you took and provide relative data points of how you made an impact. These are just a few of the tips Mark Horozowski, co-founder of MovingWorlds, offers about how to make your volunteer experience jump out to a recruiter from your CV or online profile.

Ask Devex: Career transitions

Guest speaker Tunde Hegedus, business development specialist at Tetra Tech, joins career guru Kate Warren for this month’s Ask Devex online event. They tackle tough career questions such as how to handle transitions in global development, what recruiters look for in online profiles, and whether volunteer experience is the key to breaking into this sector.

Webinar: The secrets to having a stand-out CV

Kate Warren, senior director and editor at Devex, returns for another exclusive careers webinar. Warren begins our three-part Job Search Bootcamp series by revealing the secrets to crafting a stand-out CV and explains how to navigate common CV challenges such as gaps in your employment history.

Webinar: How giving back can help you get ahead

Mark Horoszowski, co-founder and CEO of MovingWorlds, joins Devex for an exclusive webinar on how your social good experiences can help advance your career. Horoszowski discusses the importance of critical self-reflection to understand what drives you and what you are looking for in your career and how to pursue the right opportunities to help you get there while still giving something back.

The do's and dont's of salary negotiations

Whether you are reaching the offer stage of a job application or are asking for a raise with your current employer, salary negotiations can be tricky. Alamelu Deivanaya, an international human resource and organizational development consultant and certified negotiation facilitator, shares the do's and dont's of salary negotiations.

Digital event: Networking 101

Whether you are job hunting or looking to be more impactful in your current role, networking is critical to advancing your career. Yet, for many, networking is an anxiety-inducing word. Executive career coach Shana Montesol Johnson joins Devex to shares tips for finding ways to network across cultures and geographies while playing to your natural strengths.

Digital event: Cover letters 101

Kate Warren returns for the third and final webinar of our Job Search Bootcamp series to talk through the ingredients of a standout cover letter. Career Account members can watch the full recording for insider tips on making sure your application stands out.

Webinar: How to get job search ready for 2018

Kate Warren returns for the second webinar in our Job Search Bootcamp series to discuss the key steps to an efficient job search strategy and the importance of a strong online presence.