Global development recruiters share their top CV advice


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.

Jobseekers, here's what recruiters really think of career gaps

Devex speaks to global development recruiters to find out their impression of career gaps on a candidate's CV. Recruiters also share advice on how and when to explain periods of unemployment.

Drones for good: Advice for donors, operators, and governments

Donors and their NGO partners are sharing experiences with unmanned aerial systems to learn from mistakes and build on successes. Here's what several top experts want to see next.

Recruiter insights: Here's how to transition into global development

Devex speaks to global development recruiters for their advice to individuals looking to break into the sector.

Q&A: Development professional up for a new challenge? Look to space

Yvette Gonzalez moved from working on global health to space policy for development — without a background in science or engineering. She gives advice on how to find opportunities.

Advice from the Arctic: 4 key development challenges facing the far north

An underdeveloped region that finds itself inside the jurisdiction of rich nations, the Arctic poses unique development challenges. Devex speaks with over a dozen Arctic experts, who offer key advice for outsiders looking to dip their toes into the region's icy waters.

Q&A: How this engineer began a new career in global development

Deepa Pullanikkatil tells Devex how a growing interest in environmental issues led her to switch careers to international development, and offers advice for anyone thinking of doing the same.

How to ensure a health project is sustainable

To determine some concrete and practical ways to ensure a project has a long-lasting impact beyond initial implementation, Devex and Smile Train asked experts for their advice. These are the four things we learned.