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Cover Letters reloaded: How to Write them so you get to the Next Level

This is one of the best self-help article in my blog:  What makes a good cover letter that is helpful for me and the clients?  I often get cover letters that merely summarize what is obvious in the CV/resume.  When a cover letter is requested, it is not our aim to just give you more busy work.  It is an opportunity for you to give us some additional information that may not be in your CV.  Or it is a way to have you give the various recruiters that will be reviewing your information to get more info that is  targeted to the job ad or position description.  The best cover letters are those that address all the qualifications requirements or job specifications in the position description and shows the reviewer how you have that required experience. 

Here is some important advice for cover letters directed to International Development sector organizations:

Tips for Finding your next assignment - Reloaded

Tips for Finding your Next Assignment in International Development

A few years ago, I was the presenter for the Foreign Policy Association's Global Careers Boot Camp series in Boston. The workshop was about how to "Land a job in International Development" for new entrants, or individuals transitioning from other sectors into the international development sector. This made me reflect about the type of information that may be useful to you, when trying to find your next assignment.

I am hearing from many managers in the field that they will be seeking new projects very soon. Recently, there has also been a big push by donor organizations to hire more locals, national workers and fewer expats. This means that there is likely to be much more competition for getting choice positions on fewer projects in the future. Therefore, there will be a need for a smarter approach to applying for international development positions.

While some of you may be on my email list and receive my alerts when I am recruiting, this should not be your only or primary method for seeking your next assignment.  Here are good approaches to find your next assignments:

Important Fraud Alert:

Fraud - Scam Alert: An individual claiming to represent me or or Aines International has been selling employment help to individuals in Pakistan and possibly South Asian countries, claiming he can procure them jobs,  such as USAID, UN, or other International Development sector jobs. He extracts fees for this promise of employment and never delivers. Letters from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are fraudulant.This Scam being conducted by someone who sometimes goes by the name of Dr. K. Mehmood, (citizen of Pakistan,) and sends or shows letter or emails from a (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to bolster his association to me or this firm. Be aware this email address is fraudulent, as well anyone claiming to provide jobs for fees. Any letters, or references, from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is a SCAM---not written  by me --- and all claims should be doubly checked for authenticity.  Any communication or claims on this email address is likely to be written by Mr. or "Dr Mehmood" himself.

In our firm, Aines International, job applicants or candidates are never charged fees for applying for jobs through Aines International.  All our open jobs are listed on this website in the section "Open Positions" and anyone can apply directly with us. Our fees are never paid by candidates, and always paid by employers, or hiring firms seeking special expertise. If you are approached by such an individual, please write me at the legitimate email which is at the bottom of this page or on our "Contact Us" Page, and forward any email received that you suspect is a scam using our good reputation. We do not prey on helpless, unemployed persons and  are currently exploring options to end to these scams.

 In our firm, job candidates are never charged fees for applying for jobs through Aines International.  All our open jobs are listed on this website (www.internationalink.net) and anyone can apply free of charge.  Our fees, for finding qualified applicants, are paid by the  hiring firm or international development organization that is implementing a humanitarian project.  Feel free to write me using the email below to check on the authenticity of any email written by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Linda Aines,  Owner & CEO

Aines International, USA                          For more information:  802-558-8209,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

How to Have a Better Resume for International Development Job Applications

Among the most important elements of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector, is to present a CV/resume that is easy to review for everyone in the organization you are applying to.  That includes the first line recruiters, the Hiring Agent and all the way to the CEO of the firm.   In the US, most International Development sector  organization seem to prefer the longer, more detailed, chronological format resumes.  This is quite different than the short one-page resumes that businesses in the private sector prefer.  The hiring agents in the development sector need information that quickly shows the applicant meets the minimum qualifications requirements listed on the position description.   This can be easily be shown in the bold headings of each professional entries with a set of quick critical pieces of information that gives the readers critical information. This information is comprised of six items listed in detail below and, as a regular blogger on this site; I will come back to it often as it is an important tool, that critical to bringing applicants closer to the job and on the short list of the hiring agents.

Chronological format resumes should have the most recent experience and end with oldest experience.  

New CV Reformatting Service now being offered by Aines International

 

         Due to an increase in requests for help with our consultants' CVs/Resumes, Aines International is now offering a resume reformatting service.  (For those who want it, a small prepaid fee of $230 will be charged, via PayPal or similar Quick Pay system.)  However, we still encourage anyone to reformat their own CV for free and to avail themselves of the  advice that is freely given about CV/Resumes  on the Aines International website (www.internationalink.net).  To obtain the resume reformatting, just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and request the service.

One of the most important element of applying for a position with a firm in the international development sector is to have a CV/resume that is easy to review  for everyone in the employer's organization.