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Secure the Interview​

The Ultimate Training to a Professional & Exciting Job Application That Wins You the Interview EVERY Time

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When Your CV is POWERFUL, Your Career will Skyrocket.

When Your CV is WEAK, You're Left Wondering If You're EVEN Qualified.

Imagine this...

You head to work on Monday like everything is normal. After the weekly meeting... Your manager pulls you into their office.

You get told this is your last month in your position.

You have been wanting to move on regardless. You stopped learning a long time ago. And you know you were just comfortable on the job.

But finding your next position is now urgent. You can't go for very long without a regular salary.

Where do you begin?

You go to the job boards, find new job openings, and start applying. But you know competition is out there.

Think about it for a moment.

You find your dream job... in a top UN or NGO organization. A job title you would give anything to get. And because your project is ending, you need to get it fast.

Now imagine the director for that organization agrees to look at your CV.

But you know the director will only spend 10 seconds of their time to see whether you should be invited to the interview or not.

Be 100% honest with yourself: Would your CV stand-out? Would the director remember you?

Would your CV get you invited to the interview?

Fast forward a year later - and you've now been in a position paying you what you are worth, with a stable organization and regular learning opportunities.

You are now in a place in your career where you can do your best work - and make your lasting impact.

How did you get there? It all started with a Powerful CV Tailored to tell your story for that specific position.

When Your CV is WORLD-CLASS, Opportunities come to YOU.

Your Instructor


Chris Kuonqui
Chris Kuonqui

Hi, there, I'm Chris Kuonqui.

I've led a 17+ year career in global development with 4 UN agencies, 2 multilateral banks & an international NGO ranging from work including interviewing women in the Ethiopian manufacturing sector to analysis informing the UN Security Council.

After years learning to apply to development sector jobs & sitting at the hiring table on the inside, I launched Impact Growth Lab to help the world's best minds learn the skills to break into development - and do world changing work once in.


Let me tell you a story...

A few years ago I left a director-level position with the United Nations.

I got the appointment when I was just 33 years old—and decades younger than most who reach this level.

But before I could reach the director level, I applied to all kinds of jobs and organizations... ...and got rejected over and over.

After completing a Master's degree from Columbia University, one of the world's leading schools for international affairs, I couldn't get a job.

I found job titles that I would drool over. I would read the qualifications and feel that I ticked each one of them off. Then I would submit my applications... then wait. And wait some more. Only to never hear back.

I would glue my eyes to my email inbox and keep hitting refresh. Did they even get my application?

Now, I was DEFINITELY qualified.

  • MA degree? Check.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience? Yes.
  • Foreign languages? Yes and yes!

But still, I wasn't getting any invitations to the interview.

This happened to me more times than I want to admit. In one year, I applied to over 50 jobs and heard back nothing.

So what was wrong?

After months of this, I decided to decode how to write a tailored CV and job application.

I read every CV book I could get my hands on.

I consulted with experts. I fine-tuned my CV for hours and hours.

What I learned is this...

There is a HUGE difference between being qualified—and SHOWING them I was qualified.

Once I gained this insight, everything changed.

I got a job offer.

Then another.

On one day, I got two offers—I didn't even know which one to take!


A rejection-proof CV that tells your best story can open up a new world of opportunities for you, your family and community.

So what can you do differently to make sure your application stands out? How do you guarantee your applications will get read?

This is where Secure the Interview comes in.

Through this program, I give you the tools to build a promotion-ready CV that hiring managers and professionals in our sector can't help but get excited about (even if they're not seriously looking).

You will have a top quality, international CV that shows exactly why you should be invited you to the interview.

Secure the Interview

The only program tailored to high potential development sector professionals that gives them the EDGE in their job applications, win interviews and transform their impact

✓ Know EXACTLY what recruiters are looking for
✓ Be 100% confident you are putting your best foot forward
✓ Excite and amaze recruiters with your Hero Story
✓ See first hand what top performer CVs look like

✓ Learn a bulletproof technique to tailor your CV to EVERY job in minutes (not spending hours!)

This online course won’t just teach you what top development CVs look like, it will show you step-by-step how to build your very own job-worthy application.

I guide you through the process of building a power CV that attracts professionals in global development, and share with you inside practices built over nearly 20 years working with the United Nations system, CARE, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and more.


Create a Job Application that wins you the interview with:


Inside Secrets on How Hiring REALLY Works
In 17 years on the inside of UN and NGO recruitments, I've interviewed over 100 candidates & read 1000s of applications. I share the inside secrets of what we REALLY think.

CV Content that Stands-Out
Know exactly what to include - and not to include - in your CV that makes you jump off the page as a top candidate.

Leverage Your Expertise
Different jobs have different needs. We show you how to find the best story to share from your individual background.

CV Editing Tutorial
Eliminate errors that might be blocking you from even being considered!

Leadership

No matter the job title, you need to demonstrate how you lead others. I show you how.

Your Key Qualifications Tailored

This is the MAIN section in your CV that matters - make it count.

Extra-Curriculars & Publications
Make sure your CV details help you stand-out from the crowd in an easy-to-read format.

See first-hand what top performer CVs look like
Learn exactly how these principles work in practice on real CVs by seeing what to do and not to do

10 Proven Templates
See what top CVs look like - across levels, organizations and sectors.


Here's what you get inside Secure the Interview when you enroll today...



Course Curriculum


  Module 1: Secrets of the Development Application Review Process
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Plus, when you enroll TODAY, unlock access to...


BONUS 1: Access 1 hour of pre-recorded Q&As (Value of $49 by itself!)

Get answers to ALL your common questions that keep you wondering what to do next.

  • Are positions earmarked for someone else?
  • How do you present your CV to transition from the private sector?
  • What should you include on your P-11?
  • How on earth do you draft a cover letter to 1,000 characters or less (and still get the interview)?
  • What do you do if you don't have any experience yet?

All these and more! Save months of looking and guessing on how to approach these and other common concerns.


BONUS 2: Access FIVE Power CV Breakdown recordings (Value: $39 - yours FREE)

My students consistently share: they learn just as much about CVs from watching me breakdown CVs - and build them back up - as they do from the core material in Bootcamp.

In these 5 CV Teardowns, I evaluate line-by-line what works and is not working -- giving you a wealth of insight to either bring new ideas into your own Power CV, or know exactly what NOT to do.


BONUS 3: Cover Letter template (Value: $29 - yours FREE)

In Secure the Interview, I also cover the essentials of a powerful Cover Letter in the global development sector. And just so you see an exact Cover Letter that landed one of my clients the interview for a P-5 position with the UN system, I've gone ahead and added it as a bonus - ready for you to access when you enroll in the program today!



What our students say...

"I have personally benefited from Chris's expert review of my CV, among other areas and I attest that I have been called for several interviews after revising my CV based on his guidance. I therefore unreservedly recommend him for, among others areas, professional CV review."

- Dunston, Kenya, Senior NGO professional

"I was particularly impressed with the personalized service as well as getting more information into my career background to enable the team come up with a very comprehensive CV. Others in the market usually just change the wording and format."
- Salome, Kenya, private-to-public sector career transitioner
"I received a shortlist for this position (with the CV which was a work in progress, before you reviewed it but still following your template) for Senior Urban Specialist, ADB. I am absolutely stoked about it. ADB is my dream job, and I am so excited about this shortlist. I know this is only my first application, but I am beyond ecstatic!"
- Shivani, India, engineer & climate specialist

"Impact Growth Lab is meticulous in the process of transforming one’s CV to highlight their potential for the International Development job market."
- Sam, Ghana, recent grad and school teacher

"I followed your advice and got an offer in my preferred country! This is after 4 years of applying."

- Karen, Netherlands, former consultant

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 00 days and we will give you a full refund.
How does this work?
This course is 100% online, with 2 hours of core training where I teach you the secrets to a job-winning CV. You also get 2 hours in bonus materials, answering your key questions about CVs and case studies where I've workshopped top CVs to show what works and what doesn't. All specifically personalized to support your career growth at a top development organization.
What kind of results can I expect?
100% of our students feel 10x more confident in their job applications after working with us. My clients have received interviews and job offers at the World Bank, UNDP, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Asian Development Bank, Save the Children, World Vision, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and many USAID contractors like Palladium.
How can I make payments?
Payments can be made via PayPal, Stripe, or credit card. If these are unavailable in your country, we can make arrangements for the fees to be transferred via Western Union.
Will this course work if I am just graduating from university or transitioning from the private sector?
Yes! My material focuses on making YOU the best international development professional you can be. I build everything around key techniques that give you insight into the sector—to give YOU the skill to know exactly what to do to make a powerful job application.
Do you have payment plans?
Yes; you can enroll in the program using 3 monthly installments.

10 Day Money-Back Guarantee


Because I strongly believe in this program and the results it can bring you, I’m backing it up with a 10-day money back guarantee.

Show me you have gone through all the videos and material, reworked your CV based on the Secure the Interview program, and if you are not satisfied, you will get a 100% refund.

Make one decision today—that can change your career forever


You can keep sending your current, difficult to read CV out to organization after organization. Some may respond. Most won't.

You can keep beating your head against the wall, wondering why they don't call back. You can blame the economy… or the government… or the unfair, broken aid system.

Or you can take action to learn the insights that secured me job offers at four UN agencies, 2 multilateral banks, and 1 international NGO, and interviews even at top investment banks like Goldman Sachs.

You can learn how my students used this material to turn their average resumes into power documents that got them interviews — and job offers.

It's easy to think you have nothing to offer. It's easy to create barriers in your own mind, like the fact that you don't stand out… or that you can't quantify your accomplishments… or to wonder why ANYONE would hire you.

But there are simple strategies you can use to take a lifeless resume and turn it into something that communicates the best version of you. And to do so while still being genuine and authentic, without using "keywords."

I want to show you the powerful CV secrets that have gotten not just me, but my students, interviews at organizations they'd only dreamed about. For them… these organizations were unreachable — until they used my material to seize their jobs and change their lives forever.

I've packed this material up to be as affordable and easy-to-use as possible. In just 2 hours of work… for only $49… you can change the direction of your career forever.

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