How to put 'passion in a resume'

Pamela O’Connor, executive vice president for human resources at CRS

Catholic Relief Services is looking to hire innovative, creative individuals who have worked in the field, says Pamela O’Connor, the nonprofit’s executive vice president for human resources.

In a conversation on the fringes of the Devex 2013 Partnerships Forum and Career Fair in Nairobi, O’Connor shared advice for job seekers that can be applied to other employers in international development as well.

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Up-and-coming CRS program managers often start in the organization’s fellows program, but there are stringent requirements for candidates to be eligible for the program, O’Connor told Devex.

It’s sometimes hard to tell, she said, but she can often pick up on a candidate’s passion in a resume in the way they use action verbs and describe their work to show they can’t wait to embrace the next opportunity.

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    Kelli Rogers

    Kelli Rogers is a global development reporter for Devex. Based in Bangkok, she covers disaster and crisis response, innovation, women’s rights, and development trends throughout Asia. Prior to her current post, she covered leadership, careers, and the USAID implementer community from Washington, D.C. Previously, she reported on social and environmental issues from Nairobi, Kenya. Kelli holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and has since reported from more than 20 countries.