Tetra Tech’s Siobhan Brooks, senior international development services recruiter, authored a piece for Devex titled “9 Tips to Better Market Yourself as an International Development Professional.” All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

In her article, Siobhan focuses on ways that job seekers in the international development industry can better market themselves and their experience to stand out in a very competitive job market. She provides tips to improving resumes and online presence, leveraging an individual’s unique selling points, and conducting a more proactive job search. Siobhan also discusses best practices for interviews.

On Devex.com, Siobhan writes:

Marketing is all about knowing your audience and communicating the right message to get them to buy. As a job seeker in our competitive market, it can be difficult to stand out; therefore, marketing yourself is essential to the recruitment process. To tell your story, and make your resume and online profile stand out, it is crucial to have your own brand.

1. Summarize, front and center
Due to the culture of contract-based assignments, resumes of development professionals can be quite lengthy and can sometimes even morph from a narrative CV to a table of short term assignments. Looking for a specific qualification in a 12-page resume can be daunting. Recruiters need to be able to quickly scan your resume to see if you meet basic qualifications. […]

2. Make yourself searchable
Think about your CV as a searchable document. Whether you are submitting your CV to an online job posting, emailing it directly to your network, or leveraging your social media profile, your CV or profile will inevitably end up in a searchable database. When writing your resume, think about how it reads to a recruiter. Include industry buzzwords and phrases, and highlight skills, experiences, clients, languages, and geographic areas that will make your profile filter to the top during a keyword search.

Read the rest of Siobhan’s tips for marketing yourself as an international development professional on Devex.com.

About the Author

Siobhan Brooks

Siobhan Brooks is a senior recruitment specialist for Tetra Tech. She specializes in hiring architects, engineers, scientists, construction management professionals, and other technical specialists for permanent and short- or long-term infrastructure development project assignments, both in the United States and internationally. She has more than 13 years of recruiting experience and has a master’s degree in human resource management.