Kate Warren, Devex’s Senior Director and Editor, Careers and Recruiting , will be making a presentation on how to get the most out of your Devex Career Account on Wednesday, April 6. To register to attend, click here: http://imffa.org/event/devex-information-session/
Membership in Devex, the media platform for the global development community, is a valuable benefit offered to IMFFA members. Forbes describes Devex as “LinkedIn meets Bloomberg Markets”. With an extensive job bank, and a wealth of online information and resources, the Devex website provides a one-stop shop for anyone looking for jobs in international development, or just wanting to keep up-to-date on news and trends in the field.
Although I wasn’t personally in the market for a job in international development, I wanted to find out more about Devex, and how IMFFA members could benefit from their Career Accounts. The Devex Career Forum on March 11 in Washington seemed like a great event to check out, with its goal of connecting jobseekers in international development with hiring organizations. Similar events are held in London, New York, Brussels, Nairobi, Manila and Addis Ababa. From Abt Associates to Land O’Lakes, Inc., and from Management Systems International to UNICEF, almost 70 of the world’s leading international development organizations were represented here.
The format of the event is basically one, huge speed-dating reception. Hiring organizations staff booths spread throughout the event space, and provide a wealth of information about their activities and job opportunities. Resumes of applicants wishing to attend the Forum are carefully screened and only applicants with at least 7 years’ international development experience are admitted. This ensures that all of the conversations and presentations are focused at the mid-senior level.
In addition to the chance to speak one-on-one with hirers, attendees can attend “Flash Talks” on a range of topics, from creating an awesome Devex profile, to using social media to promote your professional brand. For me personally, one of the highlights was a session by Tom LeaMond, CV Writing Expert and Career Coach, on how to showcase your expertise and optimize your chances of getting hired in a digital recruiting world. I took onboard Tom’s sage advice that the purpose of a resume is not to get hired, but simply to have your resume selected by the screeners (electronic or human) as fitting the job description for the vacancy. Getting selected for interview then allows you to impress the interviewers with your professional experience and skills. I took away many of Tom’s tips and completely rewrote my own resume after attending this session!
For anyone actively in the market for a job in international development, or even contemplating a new job at some time in the future, this event is a “must attend”. I came away inspired by the amazing work that the organizations represented are doing – delivering medical services, building infrastructure, mitigating political violence and lifting people out of poverty all over the world.
Clearly, a career in international development can be challenging, risky and even downright dangerous. But it is also a field in which you can do good, everyday, and make a huge impact in your work and in the world. And the Devex Career Forum is a great place to build connections, networks and knowledge. Keep an eye out for it next year! And if you work in international development, be sure to sign up for a Devex Career Account – it can open many doors.