That’s one of the timeless questions in leading a global development career. Having a good process to prepare can make the difference between your being stuck in roles you have long out grown—being ready to new opportunities whenever you want.
There is a HUGE problem when it comes to development sector work nobody talks about.
It comes disguised as good intentions.
And the people involved are smart and experienced.
But this problem blocks entire careers from reaching their full potential.
So what is it?
It seems like there are a gazillion websites, Facebook groups, or email lists offering you one thing:
Direct access to job listings.
With so much out there, where should you focus your attention?
Today, I use just a few websites depending on what I’m interested in—or where I want to work.
In this video, I break down how each of these work—and how you can stop wasting time checking dozens of organization job portals everyday!
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What are your go-to job and work opportunity websites?
There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.
We often “feel” like certain trends happen to us.
But when we look at the hard data – do they actually play out?
Let’s find out.
The UN internship. That coveted breakthrough. International job exposure at last. The passageway to work (finally, paid) after school. And to a never-ending carousel of success in life.
There may be no other internship experience in the world on which so much hangs.
But is it all these things?
Ok, so you’ve signed up to job alerts that pop up in your email everyday.
You’ve gone ahead and created a LinkedIn account, maybe a profile on Devex or some other job sites, and made sure everyone in your personal network knows you’re ready to be hired. You’ve checked and double checked your profile has strong keywords (you’re detail-oriented and passionate about human rights!), and your photo is professional.
You’ve signed up to LinkedIn groups, read more than a lifetime’s worth of articles on job-hunting and resume writing, and joined that Facebook group where nobody seems to find an international development job. You’ve even made your Facebook profile private, carefully curated your social media presence, and done all of the things you know you’re supposed to do when you’re looking for a career in global development.
Then one day, you find that job that gives you butterflies in your stomach. You think it’s the most exciting job description you’ve ever read, and it’s going to change your life, your family, and give you a chance to make a difference.