How to best present your
candidature to the United Nations
John Ericson
Chief, Outreach Section
Office of Human Resources Management
December 2009
UNITED NATIONS ASKS FOR A
LOT OF INFORMATION
• Birthdate, nationality, gender, marital
status, no. of dependants, languages, etc.
• Education and publications: ensure that
your post-secondary degree is from an
accredited academic institution
• Comprehensive but concise work history,
salaries, names of supervisors, skills, etc.
• References
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Go to http://jobs.un.org
Or website of organization of interest to
you: undp.org, unicef.org, etc.
Open an account
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Complete your profile
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Select the vacancies you are interested
in applying for
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Submit application, including cover
letter
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Personal History Profile/P.11
BEFORE YOU BEGIN DRAFTING YOUR
APPLICATION:
Understand the position
1.
2.
Saves time and reduces frustration that results
from applying for jobs not suited to your strengths
and aspirations.
Improves ability to position yourself to meet the
needs of the hiring office.
Personal History Profile/P.11
The Employment section
Description of Duties
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Highlight your job responsibilities.
Describe your duties with careful
attention to the vacancy for which you
are applying.
Use action verbs;
Current job
in present tense
All others
in past tense.
Personal History Profile/P.11
The Employment section (cont’d)
Summary of Achievements
Provide specific examples where you
made an impact in the positions for
your employers.
 Be specific in describing the impact/
contributions you have made.
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Duties & Achievements –
What is the difference?
Duties = what you do (did) in your job
Achievements = how well you did in
your job
Cover Letter
WHAT IS THE COVER LETTER?
Describe how your experience,
qualifications & competencies
match the position for which you
are applying.
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You can distinguish yourself from
other candidates by highlighting
what makes you a good match for
the position.
Cover Letter
Standard Structure
1. Open with statement of interest
2. Summarize qualifications,
experience & competencies
3. Close with a brief recap
Make it Impressive
PHP & Cover Letter: additional tips
 Remember,
the UN will first get to
know you only through these
documents
 Be
specific
 Make
your words count
 Write/Edit
 Proofread
in wordprocessor
Q&A
Any Questions?
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