7 career resources to be thankful for

Nairobi Career Fair attendees network after a breakout session. Learning how to network — even if you dread it — can be a crucial tool to finding your next opportunity. Photo by: Jonathan Kalan

As those of us in the United States prepare for our annual day of thanks this week, here is a round-up of seven career resources to be thankful for when…

You’re asked: “What are your salary expectations?”

Nobody chooses a job in global development to get rich. But knowing how much professionals earn — and what your market value is — can help when negotiating salaries or managing your expectations. Devex rounded up a list of various positions, career levels and locations to give you a glimpse into what fellow professionals earn across the industry. Check out what aid workers make and let us know what other positions and locations you want us to add.

You need to revamp your CV

Working on your resume and not sure where to start? A good starting point is getting it into a great format. Use this free global development recruiter approved CV template for mid to senior-level professionals. Spend more time focusing on the substance and making your experience shine and less on where to put that bullet point.

You’re dreading an upcoming networking event

Everyone knows that networking is critical to advancing in your career, but not everyone is a natural networker or even enjoys it at all. Watch this informative webinar on networking for people who dread networking. International development career coach Shana Montesol Johnson offers practical tips and strategies to make networking work for you, and she just might change the way you think about striking up conversation with someone new.

You’re preparing for a field assignment

Aid workers are used to traveling at the drop of a hat. Maybe your organization just won a new project and you need to help with the start-up, a disaster strikes and you are part of the rapid response team or you get offered a great new position halfway around the world. Use this 30-second checklist to get yourself prepared for heading to the field.

You want to strike out on your own as a development consultant

Many aid workers prefer the flexibility of working as a consultant. For some areas of expertise, work is more easily found on a short-term basis, and a career can be more easily accomplished pitching in on various aid projects and with different organizations as needed. But working as a consultant is not without its own risks and challenges. Read this guide on surviving as a global development consultant if you are considering or already trying to make a career on your own.

You want to work for the United Nations, but applying online isn’t getting you anywhere

Working for a U.N. agency is a goal for many development professionals, but the application process often has a bad rap of being closed to outsiders. Breaking into such a large bureaucracy can be daunting to say the least. Read up on these do’s and don’ts and other practical tips from recruiters and staff on how to network your way into the U.N.

You want to read the mind of a recruiter

Do you wonder how recruiters really search for candidates? Watch this YouTube video on how recruiters search the Devex database. We’ll give you an inside peak into how recruiters use Devex to source and identify candidates for their vacancies. Learn how they keyword search, filter profiles and screen candidates so you know what is needed to stand out among the crowd.

What other career resources would you like to see? Tweet me @DevexCareers or leave a comment below.

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.