Couldn't attend the DC Career Forum? Here's what to do now

6th Devex Career Forum panelists (from left to right): Kate Warren, director of global recruitment for Devex; Bucky Fairfax, vice president and senior human resources business partner for RTI International; Paula Feeney, director of marketing for Cardno Emerging Markets, and  Randall Smith, vice president and director of corporate services for Devis

Last week Devex brought together 66 international development employers with more than 500 experienced global development professionals for our 6th Annual Career Forum in Washington, D.C. The event gave those who attended a unique opportunity to create connections with prospective employers, network with other professionals and catch up on the latest trends impacting careers in our industry today.

But what if you weren’t able to attend the forum? Here are four Devex resources that can help with your job search and professional development without having to be in-person at an event.

1. Check out the list of exhibitors who attended the forum.

Since all of these employers made the effort to be at this event, it’s a good indication that they’re in hiring mode. If there are specific groups you’re interested in, reach out and let them know why you would be a good fit for their organization.

If you have a Career Account, you can also access their career profile in our directory of over 11,000 international development employers. You can search for organizations by where they work, in what sectors and with what donors. We’ll show you not only their current job openings, but also positions they recruited for in the past — a good clue of the kinds of candidates they seek even if they aren’t actively hiring right now. You can also find recruiter contact details so you know who to approach.

2. Set up an informational interview

Once you’ve identified a group of employers you’re interested in approaching, check out this video and advice on asking for an informational interview. Most recruiters suggest keeping your inquiry brief and focused to increase your odds of a response.

3. Brush up on your networking skills, even from afar

You don’t have to attend a big event like the D.C. Career Forum to expand your network. There are many ways to network no matter where you’re located or how comfortable you are in large group settings. Shana Montesol Johnson, a certified career coach, gives practical advice on how anyone can be a networker in the webinar “Networking for people who dread networking” and explains how location doesn’t have to be a hindrance with “9 networking tips for field-based development professionals.”

4. Make sure your Devex profile is complete

Not every organization advertises every job opening. Employers often attend events like the Career Forum so they can build a network of professionals they can quickly tap into if and when they need their expertise. This is also why they use Devex and our community of 600,000 international development professionals as a recruiting resource. Many recruiters say they search our website for talent before posting a position, particularly when they are under a time crunch. Make sure you’re one of the professionals they find with these tips on how to make your Devex profile count.

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Stay tuned to Devex for more coverage of the Career Forum, including video highlights from the plenary and breakout sessions and interviews with both recruiters and job seekers alike. If you have a questions about managing your career in global development, please tweet me @DevexCareers.

About the author

  • 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.