Last week, Devex hosted its 4th Annual Devex International Development Career Fair in Washington. It was our largest career fair to date, with 69 leading international development organizations exhibiting and more than 500 mid- to senior-level job seekers in attendance.
If you were able to attend, thank you; I hope you found the event insightful and helpful for your professional development.
If you weren’t able to make it to the U.S. capitol on April 2, though, don’t fret: We’ll be posting video from the event in the coming days, including a panel discussion with industry leaders and top recruiters from the U.S. Agency for International Development, KPMG, RTI International and Futures Group/GRM International on “Private Sector Approaches to Development: Where do jobseekers fit into this industry trend?”
One question I heard from attendees stuck out for me at the event: How do I keep the momentum going after attending a networking event — whether it is a business luncheon or happy hour drinks, an international conference or a Devex career fair? Here are some tips:
Like the Devex Facebook page and share photos from the event.
Update your Devex profile so recruiters can easily find you as they’re filling consulting and full-time positions at headquarters and in the field.
Use Devex’s new organization database to research potential employers before a job interview.
Establish yourself as a thought leader by commenting on Devex news and opinion via our website or Facebook — the most interesting and thoughtful comments will be featured in the GDB, our flagship publication.
If you need help with your resume, consider signing up for the Devex CV Writing service for hands-on, customized, one-on-one advice that might just win you your next assignment. As our guest speakers stressed at last week’s event, to be successful in today’s competitive (and constantly changing) global development job market, your CV has to be more than just up-to-date; it should tell a compelling story that clearly shows why you’re qualified for the job.
And if you have a question whose answer may be of interest to other job seekers as well, email us and we may provide answers on the Devex website.
Read last week’s Career Matters.