The 3 biggest UN job application mistakes

The United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo by: Rick Bajornas / U.N. / CC BY-NC-ND

It’s no secret that landing a job with the United Nations is highly competitive. Yet, despite receiving thousands of applications each year, the U.N. has difficulty filling a number of openings in unexpected locations.

“Everybody always applies to Vienna and Geneva … [but] sometimes it's surprising … We have our New York positions where nobody applies,” said Eva Maria Jansen, human resource officer at the U.N. Secretariat.

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    Lottie Watters is a Reporting and Communications Associate based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to Devex’s global development audience. Lottie is a recent graduate with a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.