The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is one of the documents required to apply for the World Bank YPP selection process. It will be used by the selection team as an initial point of contact with the candidate’s profile, experience and qualifications. A number of aspects which should be highlighted about a CV for the World Bank YPP are as follows:
Be sure that all the eligibility criteria are on your curriculum
It is essential that you know all the minimum eligibility criteria and are sure that they are provided on the CV to be sent to the YPP.
The YPP requests a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and not a résumé
Be sure that the document prepared for sending to the YPP is a Curriculum Vitae and not a résumé. While a résumé is a short, one-page document, with a brief description of your professional experience and academic profile, a CV is more extensive and detailed, with academic and professional information, languages, publications, awards and honors, among other items. The aim of a CV is to provide a broad overview of a person’s professional and academic background. However, although the World Bank YPP does not establish a maximum length, the curriculum should not be more than three pages.
The World Bank YPP does not define a model or format to structure a CV
The World Bank YPP does not request a defined structure to prepare a CV. However, there is a requirement that the CV is in .doc, .docx or pdf format. It is important that the document is not password protected and the assessor can easily access your CV. As mentioned above, there is no maximum length for the document. However, it is suggested that your CV is structured in up to three pages, highlighting the fundamental aspects of your academic and professional background.
It is important that the following items appear on your CV: 1) Education: academic qualifications attained; the following should be listed in this order: the name of the qualification (PhD and Master’s, etc.), the area or course subject (economics and engineering, etc.), name of the university, location and year. The highest qualifications should come first and you do not need to include your secondary school. 2) Professional experience: professional experience related to international development, including internships, voluntary work and participation in research, ordering these from the most recent to the oldest. 3) Languages and level; 4) Short courses; 5) Conferences which you participated in; 6) Main technical and academic publications; 7) Scholarships, awards and academic honors and 8) Other relevant information.
Write a CV especially for the World Bank YPP
It is essential that you have in-depth knowledge of the World Bank Group, its activities in the field of development, its way of thinking and the World Bank YPP process. Then you will be able to display your suitability for the program on your CV and how you can contribute to the Bank’s challenges with your specialist area of knowledge. Therefore, it is important that the assessor can easily assimilate how your experience and qualifications are relevant for international development and the WBG.
Writing a curriculum is no easy task. Clearly communicating all your main academic and professional qualifications and achievements is a major challenge, especially when you are taking part in such a competitive selection. It is important that you prepare your curriculum carefully and direct it specifically at this application.