In global development, a persuasive CV is the most critical part of getting a dream impact job.
If you’ve completed your postgraduate degrees, built your experience, and tick off each of the minimum qualifications for your dream position in development, but are looking for that special edge….
Then our Impact Growth Lab CV Editing service is for you.
The bottom line is…
Until you get called for the interview, your CV represents you.
It showcases your skills and results. It is your voice until you can speak for yourself.
And it needs to speak directly to that single, specific job you’re passionate about doing.
But because of complex hiring rules, tough competition, and just plain bad advice out there, getting your next international development job is more challenging than ever.
Maybe you’ve tried different approaches…
Doing Your Homework Method
Have you downloaded CV writing guides? Read your share of internet research and advice on LinkedIn? You’ve used that advice but still you haven’t heard back from your dream impact job.That’s because what is out there is to help others get PRIVATE sector jobs. When it comes to international development jobs, good advice is far and wide apart.
Even worse, BAD advice from people just weighing in can throw you off for months. Or even force you to find different opportunities in less competitive sectors.
The Numbers Method
You have scoured the job boards and found it: that perfect job. Your background checks-off each of the qualifications in the job description. You fill out the forms, attach your documents, and submit your application.
But it’s been weeks. Which are slowly becoming months. Nothing has popped up yet.
So you submit more CVs. To the next job and the next one. You apply far and wide, because you know it is a numbers game. Before you know it, you can’t remember how many jobs you’ve applied to.
For all your effort, your email inbox is only full of automated “Your application has been received” messages. “You will be contacted if you’re selected for the next stage in the process.”
Just Giving Up Method
You’ve been putting in the work and patiently waiting for your opportunity to come up. You know you can bring a lot to a development organization.
After a while of not landing the right job or even that interview, you give up and just take work wherever you can find it.
Each passing day, though, your passion to do good gets buried further and further. Along with the dreams you had for a life of impact.
Tell your story
I’ve been through all these methods.
After years of applying to the most competitive jobs, researching best practices, and working with development professionals around the world, I’ve developed a range of proven techniques that consistently help colleagues get to the next level in their impact careers.
The key is using your job application to show you as the hero of your impact career.
At Impact Growth Lab, we help you take a step back and look at the arc of your education, professional and volunteer experiences.
Beginning with defining your unique added value, we work with you to achieve one goal: to persuade hiring managers to put your CV on the interview short-list.
Yes, as a development professional you must understand how the project cycle works. How to influence policy. And develop specialized expertise.
But if you can’t communicate these powerful elements in your experience for your next job, your impact and influence will only go so far.
We help you with concrete, proven techniques to uncover your story, convey it to hiring managers, and get you invited to your dream job interview.
Our Editing Services
With our help, your CV will:
- Be world-class with an underlying structure useful for the rest of your career.
- Highlight your strengths and scream traits that development professionals seek.
- Erase weaknesses that cause hiring managers to trash your application, leaving you with no response.
- Include key words and phrases that will spotlight your CV and create the curiosity that gets you an interview.
- Turn common work, academic courses, and extracurricular experiences into project-based, results-oriented accomplishments that define you as a development professional.
Get direct, hands-on support from someone who has spent years applying to and getting top jobs in the sector. And then years on the inside as a hiring manager.
Choose One of Our Comprehensive Editing & Coaching Packages
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360° CV Diagnostic, $29
Get a line-by-line detailed review of your CV, evaluating what works, your biggest areas for improvement – and exact recommendations on how to strengthen your job applications. Delivered via a pre-recorded video reviewing your materials.
Professional Cover Letter, $49
No job application is complete without a high-quality, professional Cover Letter connecting your story for that great new position in your sights. Make it count.
Both introduction and specialized one-on-one coaching tailored to get you past the interview panel.
An in-depth review of your LinkedIn profile against development sector best practices to give you a list of specific suggestions to edit and rewrite to maximize your impact.
We also create a LinkedIn Outreach Strategy to grow your network and influence using the platform to your best advantage.
What our Editing services clients say…
From a CV Diagnostic session
From a WASH sector professional in West Africa…
“Impact Growth Lab is meticulous in the process of transforming one’s CV to highlight their potential for the International Development job market.”
– Sam, Ghana, recent grad and school teacher
“I would really like to thank you for giving me the morale for continuing the job search as now I know I have a powerful tool I can use. You have restored my hope in a way I wish you could comprehend and I can’t thank you enough.”
-Salome, from Kenya, had almost given up on her transition as an accountant at a private security firm, but received renewed hope for a global development job through Impact Growth Lab:
“During the weeks working with Impact Lab, there were opportunities to discuss at length about my abilities and how I wanted to be perceived. It helped me take a deeper look into how to market myself and my skills and how to respond better to TORs. Chris was really patient and very generous with his insights about the development aid area.”
–Maysa, from Cape Verde and recently moved to Mozambique, was looking to transition from working in the private sector in the United States into an international NGO.