Out of the office: Why field work is crucial for recruiters

Local and foreign humanitarian workers in Sudan. Going to aid projects in the local area can help recruiters find the right people for the job. Photo by: Martin Karimi / ECHO / CC BY-ND

The aid community in Malawi is tight-knit, Amanda Schwartz, Deloitte’s senior recruiter for emerging markets, recently learned while traveling.

In search of an energy specialist, Schwartz placed advertisements in local newspapers that were most likely to be read by the specialist she needed to find — a well-known recruitment method in many developing countries. But after a few days, it seemed word of mouth took over as the catalyst for finding potential hires.

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    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.