New grads: Figuring out what's next

By Kelli Rogers 08 May 2015

A career in global development is a competitive path, regardless of experience level.

For recent graduates with few contacts within the organizations on their wish list, the job search process can seem even more daunting.

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to work as part of a team on tight deadlines will get you noticed at CNFA, according to Tony Sims, a veteran human resources professional who currently heads up global HR for CNFA.

During the interview, come prepared with a list of questions and remember to inquire how your particular role will fit into the larger organizational structure, how you would be a contributing member to the team and what the expectations would be for the position within the first few months, he recommended.

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Kelli Rogers@kellierin

In her role as associate editor, Kelli Rogers helps to shape Devex content around leadership, professional growth and careers for professionals in international development, humanitarian aid and global health. As the manager of Doing Good, one of Devex's highest-circulation publications, she is constantly on the lookout for the latest staffing changes, hiring trends and tricks for recruiting skilled local and international staff for aid projects that make a difference. Kelli has studied or worked in Spain, Costa Rica and Kenya.

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