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How to Job Search Using Evernote and Excel for ICT4D Employment

Editor’s Note: Lillian Gu was the most organized people I’ve ever informational interviewed with – she even had my life condensed to 1/2 a page. Below, she shares her secret spreadsheet to employment. You would be wise to copy her

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Its time to network in person!

Spring is here, and as the air warms, so should your desire to meet people in the international development community. While informational interviews are great for structured networking, as I’ve said before, schmoozing at happy hours can be just as

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You are on LinkedIn, right? Right?!

Recently, a subscriber asked why I promoted LinkedIn so much. They were wondering why that site mattered more than others. In the world of ICT4D, you are expected to have an online presence. You should have your own site –

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What if I don’t have “several years of ICT experience” like the job ad asks?

Recently, a member I was career coaching asked me a common question. They are just starting out in ICT4D and see every job ad asking for “several years experience” in using technology for development, when they only have a few

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Career Fairs: Worthy or a Waste of Time?

Devex has its annual International Development Career Forum coming up in March. I usually council people not to waste their time attending big events like this. I find that career fairs are often run by low-level HR staff who only

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Ask me for career advice

If you are ready to get serious about a job search or you are having trouble finding your dream job, know that I am here to help. I am happy to consult with you on your career prospects and develop

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Get a Boost: Update your LinkedIn Profile

This is the best time to job search. From mid-December through mid-February, many organizations are starting new annual program targets and have their full budgets ready to be allocated. So now is a great time to update your LinkedIn profile

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Do Not Take Unpaid ICT4D Internships with Mercy Corps

I am a big believer in volunteering to get your foot in the door with international development organizations. By showing up in a country and working for free for several months, you demonstrate your dedication to the cause and gain

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Surprise! There are more ICT4D Job Opportunities than Quality Applicants

Last year, I started the ICT4D Career Network to help people start and grow their career in information and communication technologies for development. At first, I thought there would be more ICT experts than employers with job openings. Now I

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My ICT4D Volunteering for a Job Success Story

  I am Samantha Burton and I was a long-time member of ICT4D Career Forum during my job search. The advice that I’ve heard most consistently from Wayan and other advisers is: “Get out there! Volunteer! Do informational interviews!” Here

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