Résumé & Curriculum Vitae (CV)
for people looking to work in aid,
relief and development
"Without Jayne's help, I would never have gotten into the UN's
LEAD program. She helped me realize I had all sorts of experience I wasn't
talking about in my application. She made my own words stronger. I say she
has a golden hand!"
-- Iranian colleague from UNDP
"I told Jayne what kind of work I wanted to do, and she helped
me repackage myself. She looked at the job I wanted and talked to me about
my pas work experience, and was able to put things in my résumé from my
past work I had never thought of. And I got the job!"
-- French colleague from UNIFEM
Many people miss out on jobs in nonprofit, aid, relief and/or development
because of how they present their skills and experience in their résumé, or
curriculum vitae (CV). Often, the experiences that a person has that would
be most valued by these employers are not explicitly stated. The résumé may
have worked well with for-profit companies, academic institutions and even
with some nonprofits, but it lacks the style and language that aid, relief
and development agencies look for.
Whether you are applying to work at a United Nations agency or an
international NGO, to work at an international non-governmental agency
(NGO), to work at a small nonprofit organization, or to be a part of VSO
Canada, VSO or the PeaceCorps
or some other volunteer-sending
agency, your résumé needs to represent a variety of your
professional, volunteer and academic experiences that are most desired by
I have screened résumés for a variety of aid, relief and development
agencies and nonprofits, and I have helped many professionals, from people
just getting started to seasoned professionals, to improve their résumés
and overall presentation, with excellent results. I can use this
background to help improve your résumé. Using your answers to a variety of
questions, a review of your current résumé, and a review of the jobs you
feel you are qualified for, I can work with you to greatly improve your
résumé -- and, ultimately, improve your chances of being hired.
Before you write me about my CV consulting, please
Perhaps you don't need me at all - these two aforementioned pages may
provide all the information you need to revise your résumé or CV
appropriately. They represent 50% of the advice I give in
consultations to people that pay me. If you still decide to inquiry about
my CV consulting, please revise your CV first based on the advice on these
pages BEFORE you contact me.
For my rates, please do all of the aforementioned and, if you still think I
can help you, then contact me; in your email,
send me your LinkedIn profile and the
URLs for at least two jobs in which you are most interested, or a note that
you are interested in UNV, VSO
Canada, VSO, PeaceCorps
or similar assignment. Then I will decide if I will accept you as a client
(I don't accept everyone). If I do decide to take you on, then I'll ask for
payment in advance, and payment must be submitted via Paypal or Skrill - I
will send you more details if I accept you as a client. I will NOT give out
my bank account details.
- My assessment of your CV will be straightforward, and it might sound
harsh, as it will be in writing (and anything in writing can sound
- I will not help you invent items to fill gaps in your skills or
experience. What I will do is help you identify wording that is
appropriate for international jobs, as well as help you identify skills
and experiences that should be on your CV that you might not have
- I may ask a lot of questions about your experience, both paid and
unpaid, official and unofficial; what I'm trying to do, if I ask a lot
of questions, is to help you fill in gaps in your skills and experience
on your CV for jobs you want. If you don't answer these questions, I
can't really help you. I had a client say, "You are making me do all the
work!" I am not a mind-reader - I am not going to make up things for you
to put on your CV if I see gaps.
- I will correct spelling and grammar. One client told me spelling and
grammar didn't really matter on a CV, and she was angry that I corrected
such on her CV. I have seen the stack of résumés on HR staff desks from
applicants that will not be considered for a position because of too
many spelling and grammar mistakes. Hiring managers feel that, if you
don't care about spelling and grammar, perhaps you won't care about
other tasks - and they want someone who shows attention to detail.
- The key to any successful job seeker is networking, and I offer advice
for networking here.
DISCLAIMER: With this consultancy comes no guarantee for a job
whatsoever. There are no magic words or a magic format for a CV or cover
letter that will assure you the position you desire, and I don't promise
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