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  • John Charles 4:05 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: APSIA, , Hiring, INGO, international development, , NGO, Peace Corps   

    Are you wondering what it takes to land… 

    Are you wondering what it takes to land a job and start a career with an international organization? Recently Hazel Douglas of Oxford HR presented on this topic in a webinar for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA).

    While most of her comments were directed toward candidates who have several years of experience, she did have advice for people who are starting off their careers in international development.

    Entry-level position ideas:
    –Peace Corps is most obvious
    –Do travel/volunteer work
    –Pursue desk officer/administrator or fundraising/finance positions first, then pursue overseas positions within the company.

    What Ms. Douglas looks for in a candidate:
    –skills/experience set out in the job description, or a near match
    –concise, grammatical, properly spelled applicatoin.

    • Don’t apply on the closing date–sometimes 80-90 apps come in then. Apply as early as you can.

    Q: Should I move to Africa to improve my chances of landing a job?
    A: No, though you should have experience there if applying to organizations doing work there.

    Steep increase in number of jobs that are trade-based supporting the economic structure. Experience in the commercial sector and entrepreneurial skills are important.


    websites: Charity Village, Devex, ReliefWeb, OpportunityNOCS
    indevjobs, Yellow Monday (Sussex U Institute of Development Studies)

    BOND (British Org of NGOS in Development)

  • Jennifer Carignan 2:53 pm on September 23, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Hiring,   

    Who got federal jobs in 2012? 

    The Partnership for Public Service recently released a brief analyzing the federal government’s 2012 hiring class. Due to sequestration, federal hiring was down in 2012, and many vacant positions were not backfilled. Here are some characteristics of new federal hires in 2012:

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  • Jennifer Carignan 7:44 pm on April 29, 2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Hiring,   

    Sequestration Watch: Updates on Federal Hiring 

    With federal agencies still facing the effects of sequestration, there have been many questions about the availability of jobs and internships in the federal government. In a recent interview with Federal News Radio, federal hiring expert Lily Whiteman notes that while a lot of agencies have cut back on hiring, not all have done so, and it’s important to continually check USAJobs for an updated list of vacancies. Whiteman also confirmed that Pathways and other internships are a great way to enter federal service; students and alumni who qualify for the Internship Program and Recent Graduates Program should seek these opportunities in agencies of interest.

    It is especially important during these times to have strong application materials for federal jobs and internships. Take the extra time to develop a solid federal resume and carefully respond to application questionnaires to ensure that you have the best possible chance of being offered an interview.

    For students and alumni searching for federal jobs and internships, we strongly suggest that you set up and monitor alerts on USAJobs to stay on top of vacancies and general hiring needs of agencies. If you’re interested in additional updates on furloughs by agency, visit Government Executive’s helpful furlough tracking site.

  • Jennifer Carignan 2:47 pm on February 3, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: , Hiring, , , webinar   

    Two Webinars – Working for the Federal Government 

    The Career Center is excited to offer two upcoming webinars on federal jobs and internships to AU students and alums. These webinars will be hosted on February 8 and 16, by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit committed to inspiring a new generation of Americans to serve in government.

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  • rsangeorge 4:51 pm on August 25, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: faith-based, Hiring,   

    Federal Appeals Court rules faith-based NGOs may discriminate in hiring 

    A federal appeals court ruling strengthens the right of  faith-based NGOs to restrict employment only to those who share their religious beliefs, and even to fire those who don’t.   The case involves World Vision, a global humanitarian relief organization.

  • John Charles 6:18 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , Department of Justice, , Hiring, Homeland Security, Pentagon   

    Some federal agencies could see staff gains in 2011 

    Pentagon, Homeland Security, and Department of Justice, among others, could see boosts.

    From Government Executive.com

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