Chances are that if you’re reading this, we need not tell you that securing a job within the United Nations is tough – and with this struggling economy, it isn’t bound to get any easier. In the past six months, the U.N. Secretariat alone has had more than 100,000 applicants from 190 countries, for just 640 positions.
But there are some tips that job seekers can keep in mind when applying to any position that will be sure to pay off in the long-run, and help place them in prime standing to make the final cut.
Devex sat down for an exclusive interview with Martha Helena Lopez, director of the U.N.’s strategic planning and staffing division, and Victor Kisob, chief of the U.N.’s staffing service, who filled us in on the five most common mistakes applicants make when applying via the United Nations online application platform.
Amy Lieberman is a Devex correspondent and freelance journalist based in New York, where she has focused her coverage on the United Nations and global health. Her work has appeared in Women's eNews, IRIN, Policy Innovations, Europa Newswire and The New York Observer, among other publications.