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❗ Our brand new eBook will help you achieve your international career dream! 

Book Description:

If you are looking for information on how to kick-start your career with an international organization, you have come to the right place! Working for an organization in the field of international development is a dream for many professionals across the globe, since the opportunities offered often combine good remuneration and a wide range of benefits with meaningful work.

As you go through the chapters of this eBook, you will be able to tell that the field of international development has work opportunities for professionals coming from very diverse academic backgrounds, therefore, the chances of you finding a vacancy that suits your profile are very high! Nonetheless, it is important that you know that selection processes to integrate the team of international organizations tend to be quite competitive and, for this reason, a strong preparation is key for those who want to succeed. Our team is certain that you want to be amongst the successful candidates and this is exactly why OpenIGO Network has put this eBook together: to help you land the job of your dreams.

As we move on through the different stages of the application process, this manual will offer you preparation tips as well as detailed explanations and guidance for each stage – it will introduce you to International Development; it will show you the different opportunities with different types of organizations, give you insight on where to look for vacancies and will also get you ready for competency-based interviews.

This manual was written and revised by a team of Ph.D. professors, human resources specialists and intergovernmental organization staff with a great deal of diligence.

It is important to point out that when purchasing the e-Book you are also acquiring 30 days of support to clarify any queries about its content through an exclusive channel available on the OpenIGO Store “My Account” page. Our e-Book was written so as to maximize your chances of success in these competitive selection processes! 

Here’s an overview of the chapters you will find in this e-Book:

Chapter Description:

Chapter 01An Introduction to International Development

Introduces you to the themes of International Development and the aspects of a career in the field. Find information about fundamental concepts, themes, trends, players and organizations encompassed in this field of study and praxis, as well as the essential competencies expected of a candidate or a professional in the area, the different career levels and respective levels of education.

 Chapter 02Opportunities with Different Types of Organizations

Presents an overview of International Development opportunities with different types of organizations. Learn about non-governmental organizations (NGOs) of various types, government aid agencies or bilateral organizations, development banks, international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), multilateral agencies, local civil society organizations (CSO), foundations and charities, think tanks and academia, volunteer organizations, consulting firms and private sector.

Chapter 03Contracts, Career Benefits and Job Search

Compiles general information on the international development job market, touching on candidates` frequent queries, and other factors that may affect their applications, the selection process, and even the hiring phase. Suggestions of tools to start your research and placement in this professional field are given at the end of the chapter.

 Chapter 04Competency-based Selection Processes in the Field of International Development

Since the United Nations is a model for many international development organizations around the world, this chapter will introduce you to the United Nations’ notion of values and competencies. In a competency-based recruitment – such as those carried out by the organizations of the UN System – knowing these terms and how they are evaluated through the selection process is essential for candidates to succeed. In this chapter, find answer to questions such as: what are “competencies”? What is competency-based recruitment? How can the competencies desired by the United Nations be understood? Can competencies be developed?

Chapter 05Crafiting the Ideal Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Assists candidates to construct a strong Resume,which is essential to reinforce their chances of success in this competitive selection process and for them to stand out from the others. In this chapter, subjects such as the content and structure of an effective Resume, visual aspects and common mistakes will be covered and various tips provided. A sample Resume is also available.

Chapter 06Writing an Effective Cover Letter for UN Jobs

Explains what a Cover Letter (CL) is, presenting its basic structure and assisting candidates in the process of writing an effective CL for their job application in the field of International Development. A sample Cover Letter is also included.

Chapter 07 – Reference Letters

In some selection processes for international organizations, candidates are asked to provide reference letters. These are the only documents which give third party opinions of the candidate, highlighting their competencies, knowledge and experience. These evaluations, prepared by a candidate’s referees, are of the utmost importance for succeeding in a career at an international organization. In this chapter, find answer to questions such as: what is a reference letter? How is it different from a letter of recommendation? Who should I ask to write a reference letter? How do I request this letter? What should a reference letter contain?

Chapter 08How to Ace the Interview for International Development Jobs

Qualifies candidates, so that they perform successfully in their interview for a job in International Development. This chapter describes how the interview is carried out for recruitment initiatives in the field and what is expected from candidates during the process; it presents the interview method used by the selection team of International Development organizations and gives tips and suggestions for candidates to be better prepared for this stage of the selection process.

Chapter 09Getting Ready to Start Work

Written to help new staff members to prepare and plan for the job opportunity before it starts, with issues such as: travel, accommodation, transport and a basic understanding of the first day at work.

Chapter 10Professionalism in the Workplace

Reminds professionals of good etiquette rules in the workplace, giving advice on topics such as: how a staff member can stand out within an organization, everyday work and how to maintain a good relationship with your bosses and work colleagues.

Product details:

File Size:  3 MB

File Format: PDF (Read on Any Device)

Print Length: 148 pages

Publisher: OpenIGO: 1 edition

Publication Date: Dec 11, 2020

Language: English

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