Application writing coaching

Are you about to submit a job application?
Our coaches will give you the tools and knowledge to make it stand out!

This session will give you the chance to work with an experienced coach and receive their view on any application you have written. They will suggest tips for improvement in terms of what recruiters generally look for in applications and what will make yours stand out from the crowd. Our coaches will not write your application but give you the knowledge of how to present yourself using CARL/CARI methodology and other ways of customizing your application to the development sector and the posistions you are interested in.

The Coach will not write your application for you so you should have a well written draft before booking the session to ensure best use of the time. The coach is also unable to provide advice on an application without knowing what it is being used for as content / structure is likely to vary based on a particular recruiter's requirements. They cannot therefore give advice on a "general application" without at least having some idea of who it is being sent to and for what position.

As the coaching concentrates on the content and relevance of an application for the target area of work, while the coach may point out grammatical or spelling errors in passing, it is our policy not to proof-read applications, nor to give detailed feedback or coaching against Language competency.

What will happen now?

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You select a coach among those listed below. We recommend you to pick a coach that speaks a language you are comfortable with, and who is located in a timezone close to yours. If no coach seems close to where you live, feel free to suggest a location.

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You provide some information about yourself, such as your location and preferred language, and upload a copy of your resume.

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You pay the coaching fee.

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The coach confirms the booking and contacts you directly.

The coaching session takes place

The coaching session takes place at the date and time agreed upon between you and the coach.

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Once the coaching is completed, we will ask you to provide some optional feedback about your learning experience.

The coaches

Coach adeymakonnen


Washington DC, USA

Adey is a certified Career Coach and Career Development Facilitator with 20+ years’ international HR and managerial experience within the UN System. Currently operates her own coaching practice based in Washington D.C., USA. She is passionate about partnering with individuals to help them realize their personal and professional goals. Member, International Coaching Federation (ICF) and National Career Development Association (NCDA).

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Coach annacope


Rome, Italy
English, Italian, Swedish

Anna Cope has 20+ years experience in the UN (UNICEF & WFP) and International Organisations, in progressively responsible roles within Human Resources Management in field and HQ duty stations. This includes experience as a recruiter, Young Professionals Coordinator and HR Operations Manager. She now works as a Coach, Consultant, Blogger and Small Business Owner.

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Coach antoniofidalgo


Bangkok, Thaïland
English, Spanish, Portuguese

Antonio is a former Head of Talent Outreach & Acquisition with UNHCR, and currently an International HR Consultant with vast experience in international organizations in the US, Europe, and Africa in the areas of recruitment, career development, training, and organizational development. Background in Psychology and organizational behavior, expertise in cross-cultural management and communication.

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Coach katarinaholmdidio


New York City, USA
English, Swedish, Finnish

Kat has 15 years of experience working in global career development, HR, training and staff mobility. Her UN Experience is with the UN Secretariat in HR working with staffing and recruitment, staff career development and mobility, and as career consultant working with UNDP and UNFPA.

Prior to joining the UN she worked in the Career Services Office at the Columbia University Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, providing students career support and managing the global internship program.

She currently manages her own consulting practice providing career management coaching for international careers and training in intercultural competence for corporate staff and expatriates.

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Coach javiermartin


Barcelona, Spain
English, Spanish, French

Javier has worked in international development and humanitarian operations for more than 15 years, primarily for Oxfam Spain and Oxfam International. Currently he is the Head of Human Resources at the Union for the Mediterranean, a regional international organization based in Barcelona.

He has worked in more than 20 countries in Africa and Latin America, resourcing talent, fostering leadership and developing organizational and individual capacity.

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