Want to break into development? Make someone a believer in your talent

Organizations are constantly submitting proposals to donors for funding, which means those proposed for the team must meet strict technical requirements.

For people looking to break into development, it remains crucial to have a specific, defined area of expertise, Brendon Miller, business and partnership development for RTI, told Devex at the 2013 Partnerships Forum in Nairobi.

But even those well-qualified job seekers will meet stiff competition in the international development job market, so Miller suggested connecting with an individual from the organization you hope to work for and “make them a believer in your skill set.” You’re more likely to get the job if you’ve shown someone how capable you are and how interested you are in working for them.

And remember: Recruiters are always on the lookout for talent.

“It’s a real challenge to make sure that were simultaneously winning projects and bringing along the next generation of leadership,” Miller said.

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    Kelli Rogers

    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.