Global development recruiters share their top CV advice

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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

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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.


Your 60 minute guide to a stand-out global development CV

Whether you are applying to jobs, requesting informational interviews or looking for your next consulting gig, a killer CV is a must-have in global development. Learn about expert tips, recruiter-approved templates and a simple formula to effectively showcase your expertise by watching this webinar with CV writing expert Tom LeaMond.


Advice from The Gambia on staying flexible when conflict looms

When violence threatened last month, aid professionals and consular staff in The Gambia put their training into practice, and learned a few lessons along the way.


Embrace the future and the uncertainty: Advice from former Peace Corps Director Hessler-Radelet

The former head of the Peace Corps has urged American development workers to apply the same principles and energy they dedicate to their work abroad with their fellow citizens back home in the U.S. amid the "uncertainty" and "division" characterized by the new Trump administration. Here are Hessler-Radelet's three "challenges" for the development community.


Ask Devex: Our top career advice from 2016

Global development remains a competitive job market for both recent graduates and experienced professionals. In addition to having a great CV, it is important to know what skills are required, what college degrees will be most useful and what hands-on experience can help you get the role you want in global development. Here is a look back at some of our top career advice from 2016.


Writing a proposal? Here's a checklist to guide you

Small errors can derail even the most convincing project proposals. Two business development managers spoke to Devex about the due diligence that can help transform a submission into a winning bid.


Breaking into DFAT: Advice for startup NGOs

The Australian aid program is not solely the domain of the big names in development — there are many opportunities for smaller organizations, startup NGOs and social enterprises to secure funding. Here's how you can get started.


DfID seeking legal advice over confidentiality breach by top supplier

The U.K.'s Department for International Development is undertaking a forensic audit investigation of one of its top suppliers, Adam Smith International. DfID says it plans to increase scrutiny of all for-profit suppliers going forward.