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.


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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'

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How to ask for and learn from a CV critique

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The truth about cover letters

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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.


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Outgoing VisionFund International CEO Scott Brown gives his advice for growing a global organization.


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Devex CV writing expert Tom LeaMond is back by popular demand in this webinar to help you create the stand-out CV to jumpstart your job search. Career Account members can watch the full recording here.


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.


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As ADB expands operations, prospective partners step up their interest

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