How to keep your networking momentum going

Attendees of Devex's 4th annual international development career fair in Washington leave the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. Photo by: Jeff Mauritzen

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:

  1. Network with your newfound contacts via email and on the Devex website, LinkedIn and Facebook

  2. Like the Devex Facebook page and share photos from the event. 

  3. Log into your Devex account to access members-only content such as career advice and webinars with top industry experts and Devex staff answering your questions. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Use Devex’s new organization database to research potential employers before a job interview. 

  6. 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.

About the author

  • Rolf Rosenkranz

    Rolf Rosenkranz oversees a talented team of in-house journalists, correspondents and guest contributors located around the globe. Since joining Devex in early 2008, Rolf has been instrumental in growing its fledgling news operation into the leading online source for global development news and analysis. Previously, Rolf was managing editor at Inside Health Policy, a subscription-based news service in Washington. He has reported from Africa for the Johannesburg-based Star and its publisher, Independent News & Media, as well as the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, a German daily.