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Government/International Organization Application & Resumé Coaching


Application and Resumé Techniques

Today’s employment market for intellectually challenging, rewarding work in government or with international organizations is exceptionally competitive. Even highly qualified professionals with experience and advanced academic credentials can feel frustrated about pursuing new career options in this climate. Many are seeking promotions, applying for secondments, or considering a career change for the first time in years, and are uncertain how to package their background.

To enable you to get and hold the attention of influential contacts or busy human resources managers inundated by applications, we work with you personally to: boost your image with an incisive, attractive resumé; develop online applications or cover letters, as required, tailored specifically to job requirements; craft a solid verbal "sales pitch"; and help you plan how to pursue jobs that match your objectives.

Personal Coaching Program:

  • We take you through a detailed critique of your most recent resumé, providing precise examples of how to improve substance, structure and visual appeal
  • We query you to extract overlooked assets that will appeal to institutional employers
  • We train you in techniques to plan and write a convincing online application and/or cover letter, and provide sample templates
  • We explain the art of selecting, displaying and priming your references to influence employers favourably
  • We show you proven tactics to impress interviewers with a succinct “sales pitch” and answers to competency-based questions, explaining your suitability adeptly in terms of their needs

Who Can Benefit from this Program?

Clients we have assisted come from many backgrounds: lawyers, business executives, engineers, journalists, non-tenured university and college faculty and students, ESL and FSL teachers, NGO officers, entry level and serving Canadian and American diplomats up to and including the EX/Head of Post rank, other government officials, political staff, and qualified individuals re-entering the workforce.

Note: We are not a head-hunting or job-finding agency.

Why Use Our Services?

We are the only career coaching firm that specializes in helping candidates understand and advance in government, multilateral organization and international NGO hiring and promotion competitions—from entry level to executive level.

No service offered by government, universities or the private sector—past or present, in North America or abroad—matches our expertise or placement record over the past 25 years. The success rate of our clients in institutional hiring and promotion processes attests to the high quality training we provide. Please take the time to read the testimonials sent to us by clients and supporters displayed below under Client Comments.

For additional information on what we do and why we know how to help you, see our List of Standard Programs and Services [click here], About Us [click here] and the Profile of Our Director [click here].

Client Comments

"I received your name from one of your former clients who said that contacting you was the best investment she ever made in her career. With an endorsement like that, I'm certain that you will be able to assist me in my job search."
Ms J.S., MBA, Poland
"Thank you very much for the informative counselling…The session was especially helpful in narrowing general ideas down to a concrete list of interesting and reasonably achievable careers to pursue. I also appreciate…the good, common sense advice on my CV."
Ms K.L., University of Toronto
"Thank you for all the career advice and information you provided. I am excited about pursuing these opportunities outside of law, and I will let you know how things go." Ms R.L., Hamilton I really appreciate your thorough help with my resumé, cover letter skills and interview preparation. My confidence is greatly improved since our work together began.” Dr. P.V., Ottawa
"You gave me some great ideas on what I can offer the international community and strategies to get opportunities. I felt inspired after speaking with you." H.M., North York "The teleconference for the Middle East job went very well. The hours we spent developing my answers, questions to ask, and interview performance skills were well worth the investment." V.B., MBA, Quebec
“Thanks for answering the many questions I had during our telephone session, and on the follow-up call to get everything right with the resumé. A real change in careers now seems possible.” M.K., Boston “Thank you very much for working with me. I’ve already followed up on some of the suggestions you made for my job search. I’ll keep you posted on future progress.” Ms J.K., Thunder Bay
“I appreciate your help over the past weeks. Applying my legal training to get work with more meaning and variety is important to me. I feel more equipped to do that with the new C.V. and the ideas you gave me about how to present my whole background in a new light.” Mr. W.P., Vancouver “I was lucky to find you and get your advice while I’m living back home with family for a few months. The resumé looks great… Now I understand the extra care I need to use putting together all the material to make a good first impression before getting an interview.” Mr. M.C., Hong Kong
“As I finish up my Ph.D. I’m feeling good about explaining the Poli Sci background (plus the other things I’ve done in my life that you highlighted) in a way that can get me a job. Thanks.” N.T., Yale University "I appreciate your advice and knowledgeable recommendations on how to use my media background and English teaching in Asia to look for a permanent job overseas, or work in Canada with an international dimension." Ms C.M. Winnipeg


One-on-one Application & Resumé Coaching in person or by telephone:

  • In Canada $495 minimum + $150/hour editing work if requested + applicable taxes (materials included)
  • From U.S. and Abroad $495 minimum + $150/hour editing work if requested (materials included/no taxes)

Long-distance consultations are carried out only on calls initiated by clients. Times can be arranged to take advantage of discount rates, adapt to international time zones, and suit client availability.

Further Information

Please Contact Us [click here] to outine your career objectives, and discuss how we can help you.