Your CV is the single most important item in your job search and ensuring that it stands out to recruiters to quickly highlight your suitability for the role is key to your success. Kicking off our three-part Job Search Bootcamp series, Kate Warren, senior director and editor at Devex, returns for another exclusive careers webinar to help you build a recruiter-ready CV.
“Global development is a very competitive sector. For some roles, there might be hundreds or even thousands of applications,” says Warren. “A recruiter who is searching through those has a big task in trying to find the top candidates quickly — so you want to make sure that you are one of those few that gets into the ‘yes’ pile.”
Warren, drawing on her years of experience working with development organizations, donor agencies, and consultancy firms, talks through the features of a global development CV where there are specific norms and expectations that differ from other sectors. “Particularly if you are transitioning from another industry or maybe you are a recent graduate, the standard CV advice might not always apply in a global development context, so it’s important to be aware of some of those differences.”
From preferred length and format, to using sector-specific language that resonates with global development employers, Warren reveals the secrets to a stand-out CV and demonstrates how you can effectively highlight your most relevant experiences and skills. Warren also addresses common CV challenges such as gaps in your employment history, leveraging pro-bono work, and translating your experience to land your first role in the sector.