How to write your resumé for a job in International Development

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For want of a proper chair, Jessica sits on the old radiator in my office, looking out at the still bare trees and the green grass we’re all hoping is heralding spring. We are talking about a new job opportunity for her, and she’s hesitating.

“I’m just not sure if I’m qualified for it,” she tells me.

We met for the first time in September; she was looking for a way – any way – to get her foot in the door of the NGO world, and I was looking for an intern for my project. She ended up joining another team at the organisation, in a part-time administrative role, and soon became a familiar face at the office.

“I took this job because I just wanted to get my foot in the door. But I can do more than this. I’m not meant to just be doing admin work.”

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