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1 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 World Service Enquiry

2 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 World Service Enquiry information and advice Kevin Cusack International Development Career coaching and mentoring

3 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011

4 Working in Development Volunteer for Development

5 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Job and CV Advice No answers… just some ideas! Job sites Applications and CVs

6 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 First, Questions… 1.Are you the ‘right’ kind of person?

7 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011

8 First, Questions… 1.Are you the ‘right’ kind of person? 2.Do you have relevant skills? 3.Do you have 2+ years work exp? 4.Do you have evidence of commitment to the sector?

9 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Why you? Moses Johnson is a development worker employed by CAUSE Canada. Masters Degree International Relief and Development Studies from Uni of Sierra Leone

10 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Criteria? Usually somebody with a professional training and/or skill base. Have at least 2 years post qualification experience. Further employment may well require 3 to 5 years experience in the field. Can show the ability to cope and is able to work with limited resources. Has lived outside of Europe, i.e. has travelled, worked or volunteered overseas.

11 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Ways in? ‘Typical’ would be someone who began as a volunteer in the UK who then spent some time with an NGO overseas (possibly as a volunteer) and used that experience to move on to an HQ programme-related job OR Developed a professional skill outside the sector, and through showing commitment as well as skill was able to transfer.

12 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Where do you start? Research, research and research “I was on the Internet 10 or 12 hours a day, searching for jobs and researching information about companies.” Network Don’t send long rambling s to every agency you can find!

13 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Real (Short) … To Whom It May Concern, I am a media graduate who is very interested in taking up paid international work preferably in Nigeria but I do not have experience of working with NGOs. Please advise. Sincerely,

14 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 What’s out there? Technical –infrastructure, irrigation, watsan, public health, food distribution, needs assessment, judicial reform Management/Administration –project direction, technical advice, coordination with donor agency/local government, project reports

15 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 What’s out there? Research –typically at think-tanks, nonprofit organisations, universities Look at the job market… To see where you fit (or not)

16 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 The Sector NGO, Charity, Social Enterprise, Civil Society groups Commercial companies Consultancies Academic Government/Europe Bilateral and multilateral agencies

17 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 What types of jobs? Accountancy Administration Advocacy Campaigning Communications Copywriting Country Programme Management Creative Design Development Education Editing Outreach Worker Fundraising Human Resources Humanitarian Support Information Technology Marketing Logistics / Warehouse Office Support PA / Secretarial Policy Publishing Media / PR

18 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Job Market thirdsector.co.uk jobs.guardian.co.uk crownagents.com europa.eu eurobrussels.com faststream.civilservice.gov.uk indeed.co.uk, indeed.co.za …

19 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Job Market Reliefweb.int Eldis.org Devex.com Oneworld.net bond.org.uk - concordeurope.org Internationaljobs.org Devnetjobs.org AdamSmithInternational.com wyg.com

20 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Job Market NGO types skillshare.org internationalservice.org.uk islamic-relief.com worldjewishaid.org worldvision.org.uk aidsalliance.org alertnet.org UN Jobs - https://jobs.un.org

21 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Job Market microfinancegateway.org environmentjob.co.uk pacificislandjobs.com ngosindia.com hotjobskenya.com - jobvacancieschina.com afghanaid.org.uk charityjob.co.uk wse.org.uk International Development jobs page

22 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Great minds DONT think alike

23 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Things that will help… Start small think outside of the box

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26 Start Small CamFed Railway Children Cambodia Action Send a Cow AbleChildAfrica Azafady Bees for Development Trust Voice of Dalit International

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30 Things that will help… Start small Develop transferable skills Commitment/Passion Network (talk) Volunteer Internships Join/Support Languages French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic Temping

31 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Passion International Development Gender Children Education £1 Find your mission!

32 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Engage your passion Full time Part time Job share Volunteer Virtual Volunteer Fundraise Alternative holiday

33 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Virtual volunteer thesite.org/workandstudy/volunteering volunteermatch.org UNV Online Volunteering service –onlinevolunteering.org What can I do? –Administration and maintenance –Campaigning, consultations and research –Media and publicity –Website/Blog and online communities

34 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Training Academic Training Development Studies Association Reliefweb Short course RedR Bond Merlin

35 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Applications Do as instructed – 2 pages, block capitals Application form. CV and cover letter. Both! You must match what they require. Note: overseas contracts are fixed term.

36 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Application requirements 1.Qualification. 2.Specific experience/knowledge. 3.Generic skill sets. 4.Commitment to cause and diversity. 5.Fit into the organisation. Give Evidence –Hard skills –Soft skills: personal qualities

37 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Employment facts Sight Savers Head of Research, Haywards Heath 36 6 Progressio Programme Support Officer, London 55 5 Central Services Administrator, London 35 5 Doctors of the World Events Assistant (3 days PT), London 36 6 Consultant (2 weeks), Haiti 55 7 REDR Communications Officer, London 70 5 MedAir Human Resources Manager, S Sudan 147 2

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44 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Oxfam Criteria Well developed interpersonal and team skills and proven ability to be flexible in demanding situations and ability to work under pressure and in response to changing needs. Sympathy with the aims and objectives of Oxfam. To be familiar with and abide by the NGO/Red Cross Code of Conduct and with the Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum standards.

45 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Save the Children Criteria 5. Personal Interests, Skills, and Circumstances: a. Commitment to Save the Children's mission and values d. The resilience and personal circumstances to be able to travel within the country… e. Awareness of own strengths and weaknesses and evidence of commitment to self-managed personal development

46 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Common Errors Not meeting the criteria Not following instructions Bad layout (CV) –Font too small often used to save space –Lack of white space Spelling and punctuation [eye for detail]

47 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Common Errors Bold + underline+ italics –Never use italic Qualification and modules Stupid or work address Undersell ability No facts: £ and #

48 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 How did you arrive at the current format? Did you analyse it’s purpose? How long is it? Why would I want to read it? Your CV

49 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Write a master CV A CV is a sales document; tell them what is relevant to the person spec. Don’t send a generic CV; each job requires you to highlight different experience. You don’t have to disclose everything ; it’s not your life story! Know your skills to match the criteria. Select relevant information with facts

50 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Write a master CV Your master CV should list everything you have done. Used as a reference when you are either filling in an application form or writing a job specific CV. Common CV forms: Chronological and Functional/Skills based. And the problem with a chronological CV is…

51 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Targeted CV Name Address Telephone Profile/Statement Skills with evidence Where and when Interests Tell them what you are One or two pages it’s an advert - not your life story give hard facts substantiate Razors Edge or Access Max Eggert No age, nationality, marital status, referees, picture or fancy fonts

52 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Why use a targeted CV? Hook HR to read all the information You do this by: Profile Relevant info with facts

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54 Kevin Cusack 34 King Crescent, Upton Cross, CR4 3HP, England Mobile: An energetic and successful Project Manager with a range of experience working in overseas development projects for 4 years, specialising in Capacity Building. Proven leadership skills in managing, developing and motivating international and local teams to achieve programme objectives. Key Skills Project Management Managed information gathering in order to determine priorities for agriculture, education promotion and health initiatives with community members in rural Mexico Oversee financial management of projects and as team leader in Zambia responsible for £60k budgets Coordination Coordinate information flows, networks and knowledge with staff, partners and international donors

55 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 And… Interests –Can back up your application give evidence of values, personality and motivation And so what??? –“Proficient with MS Office” –“I have travelled to Uganda, Tanzania, Chad, Sudan, Egypt, India, Bolivia, Chile, China, South Korea, Spain”

56 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Cover Letter Generate interest 1 or 2 pages? Your pitch of how you can solve their problem

57 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Cover Letter NEVER use ‘I believe’ or ‘I think’ or ‘I am interested’ I believe that I can greatly contribute to… I desire to contribute my work experience to working for a leading NGO… I think I am suitably qualified… I am interested in working for you…

58 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Facts FACTS FACTS FACTS with examples Never tell them what they do

59 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Career Changers Don’t assume that: Need to volunteer. Need to get an ID qualification. Need to have overseas experience. That you can take your wife, children or the dog overseas. Will make the same money!

60 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Working in Development It’s popular. It’s competitive. It’s hard But not impossible!

61 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Difficult… Not Impossible PA to Programme Manager Ute was working as a PA to two Directors of a major financial institution in London and was studying a Diploma in International Development at Birkbeck College. In a frenzy of cold calling agencies trying to find overseas work she was referred to World Service Enquiry. Now she has worked with a range of INGOs in Africa and Haiti.

62 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright Top Tips 1. Qualifications 2. Know your skills 3. Know the sector 4. Evidence of commitment and 5. Survivability

63 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Other help People in Aid ID HR with free info monster.co.uk, peopleunlimited.co.uk jobs, career advice, job hunting, CV tips cv4.biz – CV writing service Come and talk to me - kcoach.net Career consultation, job hunting strategy, help with CVs

64 Job-hunting and CV advice: wse.org.uk © copyright 2011 Stay focused and determined!


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