International development resumes: What you need to know

A resume or curriculum vitae presents an applicant's first chance to make a favorable impression on a potential employer. In international development, many international organizations say they like resumes and CVs in reverse chronological and hybrid formats. Photo by: Photorack

Job seekers in international development have several choices when it comes to resume and curriculum vitae formats. But which among them do employers prefer?

Based on interviews with hiring managers and development professionals, the reverse chronological and hybrid resume and CV formats appear to be the most popular. Both highlight the work experiences of applicants, with the most recent position mentioned first.

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  • Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.