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Seven Emails You Should Know How to Write

Are you wondering how to write an introductory email to start your informational interview process? Then check out this handy guide to emails that can help inspire you. Including:    How to get busy people to respond to your emails

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Use Your Network to Find an ICT4D Job

  Hey kids, please use your network. Recently I received two informational interview requests from recent college graduates seeking to break into the international development field. I’ve paraphrased their emails below. You tell me which one I responded to: “Dear

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Stop Everything and Read This Right Now

Is your whole job search process centered around sending out cover letters and resumes? If so, you need to stop everything and read this right now: Kill the Cover Letter and Resume In this telling article, Jesse Singal teaches us

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It Takes Time to Find a Dream ICT4D Job

DevEx has an article on 6 things you should do if you are graduating soon and seeking a new job. Overall its okay, with one glaring exception. This is May and if you just start the job search process now,

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What is your passion?

During two different career coaching sessions recently, I asked an important question: “What is your passion? What topic do you really want to work on?” The answers were quite illuminating for both participants. They had not thought of their ICT4D

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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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