How to be a CV showoff without overwhelming a recruiter

A doctor examines a patient during a community medical outreach in Pakistan funded by the UK's Department of International Development. It's common for global development professionals to have worked on a long list of assignments throughout their careers. It's important to emphasize just what might stand out to each potential employer on a CV. Photo by: DFID/Russell Watkins / CC BY

Much of international development is project-based. Whether you are an independent consultant moving from assignment to assignment or in a full-time position where your time is divided between multiple initiatives, a common career history of a global development professional includes a long list of projects.

So how do you show the depth of your experience in a traditional CV format without overwhelming the reader? That is what one Devex member wanted to know. He asked:

“While [in my previous position], I started 78 individual new business and employment projects. That would be several CV pages right there. But these projects were for key initiatives like providing employment for youth and/or women, empowerment, microfinance, large-scale new farming techniques – the kinds of projects it seems potential employers might want to know about. How do I include this experience in a CV?”

Here are 7 tips for incorporating multiple projects and/or consultancies into your CV while still keeping it at a digestible length.

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This article was last updated on 14 November 2017

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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.