Careers in 2020: Devex's top advice for finding a job amid COVID-19

Devex rounds up its top advice for job searches, virtual networking, and developing in-demand skills during a pandemic. Photo by: Sora Shimazaki from Pexels

BARCELONA — With layoffs and hiring freezes across the sector as a result of COVID-19, it’s been a particularly difficult year for anyone looking to land a job in global development.

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Even as travel and some programming resumes and more job vacancies are posted, the job market remains highly competitive. The shift to remote working, at least in the short term, also means employers are looking for new skill sets.

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  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.