HOW TO CREATE AN EFFECTIVE PROFESSIONAL IMAGE?
Finding a good job thanks to a background in communications for social change? Totally realistic. Your business card is a personal brand in the three dimensions: private, professional, and social. How to build it?

Take part in socially important societal processes – this is the solid foundation of your development as a person and professional. If you're planning to work in the non-government sector and make a difference through your actions, you have to realize what problems exist in society and what the ways to solve them are.

Follow the life-long learning principle. These days there are lots of free and paid trainings and educational programs, where you can learn about international trends and up-to-date practices in the field of international communications. You will keep your skills fit and expand your base of useful contacts.

Apply for online courses, preferable ones offered by respected universities. When you're applying for a job or suggesting a problem-solving decision, focus on what the practical value of your acquired knowledge is and propose realistic solutions.

Don't forget about offline meetings. Attend conferences and other big events featuring people from the organisations that you're interested in. Don't be afraid of networking and asking for contacts to send your resume.
1. According to Mashable.com, "in the core of your personal brand have to be acquired skills, knowledge, experience, and professional ambitions." First steps consist in setting a goal and developing a plan that will help you achieve the planned. You'll have to send a clear message to employers about how'll they benefit from you.

2. Your image has to be consistent and the same in virtual and real life. Consistency is a trait that is praised by employers.

3. Employers need creative people. Modern technologies offer infinite opportunities for showing creativity. Create your portfolio, trying to express your individuality.

4. Professionally made photos. Amateur photos can rarely impress. Therefore, it's important to keep in your portfolio several high-quality photos that will positively impact the visual component of a professional brand.

5. Well-considered resume and reference letter. It's mandatory to adjust them to every vacancy taking into account key words from the job description, the required qualities and company's profile.

6. Activity in social networks. There the employers will be evaluating your professional brand and professionalism even before meeting you. The best networks for personal brand development are LinkedIn and Facebook. These instruments will help made you more visible.

7. Communication skills is one of the most important components of your brand. If you're a good specialist but cannot present yourself well, your dream job may not come true. You have to know when to listen and when to speak. Good communicators are strengthening their personal brands this way. They've got strong emotional intellect and choose the right words and use them in the right moment.
FIND A VACANCY
«efore you start looking for a vacancy, choose a field where you'd like to work, familiarize yourself with a vacancy description from this field. Look through the websites of potential employers because every international organisation, as a rule, publishes its vacancies on its official web page. Also, pay attention to other resources for seeking jobs in international organisations.

UN Job List — is a resource for finding a job. New vacancies instantly get in the first listings; they contain information on the deadlines as well.

Impactpoll — is a resource with more than two thousand active job vacancies in international organisations.

Communication for Development Network — is a website for finding out about opportunities, interesting events and useful resources. This resource enables a job search by key words, location and sphere of interest.

Devex — is a platform with interesting news and opportunities, as well as a vacancies search resource. There's a possibility of searching by location, nationality, organisations and in accordance with your experience. The website also contains proposals with exclusive vacancies and a weekly digest.

UN Volunteers — here are represented all opportunities for working and volunteering at the U.N. Additionally, you'll be able to find out the recent news about the organisation's activities.

UNICEF — is an official website of the organisation with all up-to-date opportunities, programs and job proposals. You can sign up for UNICEF mailing right on the website.

For the most part, these resources generate weekly mailings, so we recommend you to sign up for them.

2. MAKE SURE YOUR SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE LIVE UP TO THE JOB REQUIREMENTS

Even for entry-level vacancies you'll have to indicate your skills and work experience. Most vacancies contain highly detailed requirements, relevant level of experience and skills of a candidate that they're looking for. So in order to weigh your chances, we recommend you to create a compliance table.

In the left column below write in the requirements of a job you want to get and in the right column — to what extent you match them. Such tables not only help you to assess your chances as a candidate for the vacancy but also prepare a follow-up plan on your professional development. As a rule, for every specific position you have to formulate another resume because requirements for vacancies differ.
THREE STEPS TOWARD A CAREER IN AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION
REQUIREMENTS
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
3. CREATE A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
In doing this, a previous compliance table will partially help you. In general, if you have insufficient experience to apply for a certain vacancy, but you've got a clear goal and understanding that you want to work at exactly this organisation and position — we recommend you to lay out a plan.
For example, your next five steps for the next six months on how you'll enhance your professional portfolio. Good luck!