Be an ICT4D Officer with Practical Action!

Practical Action has created an exciting new role to help develop and shape its Information, Communication, Technology (ICT4D) programme and policy work. They are seeking a highly motivated person, who brings his/her skills to successfully enhance their digital technology focus in their main sectors: agriculture, DRR, energy and Urban Wash.

The successful ICT4D Officer will keep abreast of trends in digital technology innovation and engage with key forums and stakeholders externally, working work with Regional and Country Offices and partners to develop integrated approaches and strengthening existing and developing new partnerships and alliances.

This role is an exciting opportunity for someone with ideas as well as the ability to listen, analyze and co-create new, exciting digital technology for development interventions. It will suit an individual who ideally has experience in the application of digital technology in development and a sound understanding of, or ability to, quickly get up to speed on digital divide.

The role is initially a 12-month fixed term contract around £25,000 per annum depending on experience, and will be based from Practical Action’s Rugby, UK office, with some international travel involved. All applicants must have the per-existing right to both live and work in the UK.

If you would like to learn more about this role, please refer to the full recruitment pack (a Word Document download) and email Emma Johnsen at emma.johnsen@blueoctopus.co.uk, expressing your interest.

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Good luck,
Wayan

Do Not Rush the Job Search

When you are looking for a new job, especially if you’re in-between jobs, every day can feel like an eternity. You wonder why people don’t respond instantly to your inquires, why HR takes forever to get back to you, and when the pain of unemployment will ever end.

Yet the job search takes time. They say, whomever “they” are, that it takes one month for every $10,000 in annual income, so most international development jobs should take at least 5-6 months to secure.

And that’s if you approach job searching, and the networking that entails, as a full time occupation.

If you are kinda looking, sometimes doing informational interviews, and occasionally working on your professional profile, it will take you much, much longer.

Also, don’t forget that the actual hiring process, from interview to offer letter, to first day, takes its own time too. Time that is usually governed by an organization’s bureaucracy, which is beyond the control of anyone – including your hiring manager.

So although its the hardest thing to do, have patience with the job search process. It too will end one day with you in a new dream job.

Thanks for reading this far,
Wayan

Who Are Your References?

Who do you work with today? Is there someone at your current employer that you could trust to be a reference? What about ex-colleagues, peers at other organizations, or mentors?

You should be able to come up with at least one person you worked with, preferably a manager, one person you are currently working with, and one peer who can all vouch for you.

Why? Because references still matter.

You want people who know you, know your skills, your abilities, and your potential, and who can convey that to a future employer. And you should have that list always at the ready.

Ask them before you have a job. Especially those in the specialty that you want to work in. Make sure they are thinking about you as a potential peer, so they will be eager to represent you in a positive light to a future employer.

If you’re really lucky, they’ll even help you find that future employer.

Thanks for reading this far,
Wayan

What to Wear to an Interview?

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, which means the initial job interview attire still does actually matter in 2017. This still means a suit – for men and women – even if the organization’s work culture is business casual.

Yet wearing that suit has many complications.

The most basic, which suit, comes down to taste and what makes you look good. The more challenging is how to wear the suit without your current employer finding out.

If you’re going to an interview from work, its all about changing in your car or a public restroom, then hoping no one you know sees you in the suit till after you take it off post-interview.

Even if you’re gainfully unemployed (ahem!), getting access to a suit when an interview is eminent is a challenge in itself. More so if you’re living on friends’ couches and you don’t usually travel with a suit.

If you’re lucky, you’ll get a video interview and only need a nice shirt and a tie. Just don’t step away from the camera!

Can you relate? Tell me your story – I’d love to hear it!

Thanks for reading this far,
Wayan

Never Show You’re Desperate

Let’s say you don’t have a job. You’re nervous about getting one, and you’re close to taking any job, because you’re seeing the clock tick, the bank account drop, and you don’t want either to run out.

Never let a potential employer know you’re desperate.

The more you stress, the more you are outwardly nervous, the more you seem desperate, the less an employer will feel that you want to work for them, vs. anyone with a paycheck.

While the latter might be true at this moment, they know that if that’s your real motivation, you’ll also leave them once you feel secure.

Always Act Confident, Even If You’re Not

Take your time to respond – a few hours at least vs. seconds after they email. Don’t be overzealous – only ask once vs. the 241 times you wonder about their progress on your application. Overall, act like you’re interested, but not too interested.

Yes, this is way harder to do than to say.

I’m living this experience right now, myself. I’m waiting for an opportunity to pan out, a dream job with an awesome employer, after my last job didn’t work out, leaving me unemployed.

I’m trying to play it cool. To seem nonchalant, while inside I’m a ball of stress and nerves. I take deep breaths and remind myself it will all work out – about 72 times a day.

I’m sure you can relate.

Thanks for reading this far,
Wayan