Resume formats for international development professionals

By Ingrid Ahlgren 23 December 2010

Hiring managers only spend a few seconds to screen resumes and CVs. As such job applicants should ensure that their resumes and CVs stand out, follow the right format and suit the organization they are targeting. Photo by: luigi diamanti /

In the field of international development, job seekers have a range of resume and CV formats to choose from. Knowing these types and where to use them will give you an edge over thousands of candidates vying for positions in development organizations.

Here’s a roundup of some of the resume and CV formats used by development job applicants in the U.S. and beyond.

Reverse chronological resume
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The reverse chronological resume is probably the most common type of resume, especially in the United States. It lists one’s employment history, from the most recent position to the earliest, and includes dates that indicate the duration of employment for each position.

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About the author

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.

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