How to get a job with USAID
Are you looking to join the USAID team? There are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of success.
1. Learn the basics
Before diving into the job search, make sure you understand the basics of USAID. Read their website, follow them on social media, attend information events, etc. Make sure you have a complete understanding of their mission, programs, goals, and career opportunities.
2. Research job openings
Once you’ve learned the basics, start researching job openings. USAID has a career portal where you can find postings for openings. You can also search for jobs on USAJOBS.gov, which is the portal used by most government agencies for job postings.
3. Develop your skills
Before applying for jobs, make sure you have the skills needed for your desired position. Different positions may require different skill sets, so research the position to determine what skills you need and start working on them.
4. Draft a resume and cover letter
Once you’ve researched the job and improved your skills, it’s time to draft a resume and cover letter. The USAID website has some resources to help you create successful job materials. Make sure your resume and cover letter include relevant skills and experiences, as this will increase your chances of success.
Once you have your resume and cover letter ready, you can start applying for jobs. Follow all instructions on the job posting. Make sure you meet all requirements and provide all necessary documents as requested.
6. Follow up
Once you’ve applied, don’t forget to follow up. Send a thank-you letter and follow up with a phone call a few days later. This will show that you are serious about the job and will increase your chances of success.
7. Be persistent
Finally, remember to be persistent. USAID hires for many positions every year, so if you don’t get the job you want, keep trying!