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-BREAK INTO DEVELOPMENT-
Finally...
PROVEN, results-based program to identify jobs you not only qualify for but are a TOP candidate to win... discover stable organizations EXCITED to speak with you... AndStart Your New Lifestyle with a Higher Salary, Job Security and a Team that Values What You Bring to the Table
Use this tested, step-by-step training to turn your EXISTING skills into development and humanitarian sector job opportunities - each and every time you want to work in a new location, get a promotion or better provide for your family


Joining Break Into Development has been my best decision in 2019. Every aspect of the course is something I will get back to look at over and over again. It's something that if you internalize you will find useful. Not just in international job searching. But in terms of organizing yourself, your focus, and how to key into opportunities..”
- Yusuf A., animal health lecturer in Lagos
How I went from the endless job hunt to a new job in the international development sector... ANYTIME and ANYWHERE
I remember submitting application after application only to learn landing that top position at the United Nations, World Bank, African Development Bank or a global NGO is just as difficult as earning my degrees and developing my skills.

Every hour on the hour, I would check Relief Web, Devex, UN Jobs and other job portals to see if my dream job was still there. I used to submit application after application, only to get NO-RESPONSE in return—the only feedback was the computer generated one.

So many FAIL to get their job applications through to the interview short-list, even if they look at the duties and responsibilities and minimum qualifications in the Terms of Reference and see they can do the job if given the opportunity.

Why?

Because they prepare for their impact job-search in the wrong way. They fail to develop an insider's, master perspective on how hiring actually works.

They may be familiar with the most popular job websites. Maybe they even know some popular techniques to get a job in development, like using keywords from the ToR in their CV. 

But still they wonder...

- How much time should be spent on the Cover Letter, does anybody even read it? 
- What do the minimum requirements really mean, am I even qualified? 
- What if I only have experience in the private sector (or NO experience at all), will I get a job?

What’s missing is using a systematic process to stop worrying about finding your next job, and instead get started doing work you love. 

A process you know uses techniques proven to persuade hiring managers that you’re already part of the team from the first line they read in your CV—that it’s just a formality to hire you.

Because of the system I've built and used in my own career, when I apply to new assignments today the chances are on my side. Every time I compete with hundreds of others to get a job offer, I stand among the top performers to break in.
Have you spent months shooting your applications into the dark only to get no response?
Hi, I'm Chris Kuonqui, founder of Impact Growth Lab.

Today, I lead a development consulting firm. Previously, I served as the head of a policy team for a major United Nations agency and a global advisor to several organizations.

With work in 26 countries, my experience ranges from interviewing communities impacted by climate change in the Himalayas to providing analysis to support the United Nations Security Council. Organizations I have worked with include:

But before I could reach the executive level, I would work hard on my applications, thinking I was doing all the right things—only to never hear back. It was like shooting applications into the dark.

I've been there. 

And let me tell you... 

You DON'T need a second Master's degree, more certificates or a series of new letters after your name!

I guarantee...

You ALREADY hold the skills and experience not only to meet the minimum requirements for that new job. 

But to EXCEED EXPECTATIONS—for you, for them, and for the organization. 

So what's blocking you?

It's showing hiring managers - the only ones who matter in the room - that you're ready. 

What you need to find and WIN stable jobs in great organizations is to tell what I call your Hero StoryWith compelling evidence and examples that you're capable of hitting the road running.

Once I learned how to identify my Hero Story and NICHE for each and every job...

I went from feeling undervalued in my work and afraid of not finding a job true to myself...

To breaking out of my comfort zone...

...Working in every country I wanted to...

...And reaching a director-level assignment faster than most of my colleagues.
For years, I barely used my hard-earned Master's degree and skills in dead-end jobs, missed out on tons of higher income, and all but lost my passion to make a difference...
Back when I started looking for a job in development, I spent months searching, networking, and applying, only to drain my savings to almost nothing before finding that next position to grow my career.
 
It was a tough time, with little hope. 

I almost came to regret studying a degree in international development that wasn't giving me the chance to break in.

I tried every strategy out there...

Found and paid a career coach? Yes, I did that, filled out useless self-surveys to "know myself better", and only managed to lose a lot of money and get nowhere.

Got my CV professionally written? Been there and done that, too. All they did was change some keywords and the template. Number of new jobs won? Zero.

Built my network? This made a huge difference - but only when I slowly built authentic and genuine relationships with other professionals over months and years. No one EVER gave me a job just because they were in my network.

Googled for CV templates, interview tips, and networking strategies?  Google is a good friend—but NOT for finding a great development sector job! I wasted countless hours reading tips that work for the PRIVATE sector, and not for development.

Sat in a comfortable job and watched colleague after colleague get exciting new opportunities, with more responsibility and pay? Sadly, I did a lot of this. In the meanwhile, I knew I had hit the ceiling of how far I could grow in my current job and organization. 

I just didn't know how to find that next job that would give me MY CHANCE.

So I kept applying to new job opportunities that would excite me. But it was like going in blind, crossing your fingers and clicking send.

I had no idea what to say to make myself stand-out and show how ready I was to get to the next level.

Despite my postgraduate degrees, internships and certifications:

NO ONE HAD EVER TAUGHT ME HOW TO GET A JOB IN THE REAL-WORLD!
It wasn't until I started on a long journey to learn what top performers who consistently get jobs do...
After applying and failing to find my next job, I decided to learn how top performers in the sector constructed their careers, built their expertise, and were able to work around the world.
 
Through this journey, I was able to stop working in a job that barely paid the bills - and instead start growing a career that would take me to work in 26 countries in every part of the world.

Over hundreds of conversations with colleagues, friends and mentors in development, I learned how to get out of organizations that did not value me, where I was underpaid and unrecognized. 

And instead to jump-start an international career -- to work on issues I was passionate about, where I could apply my skills and leadership -- and all while traveling around the world.

Over the years, I’ve spent hundreds of hours understanding the development and humanitarian sector job market. And through my own applications, I've experimented with different types of CV templates, scripts to reach out to hiring managers, and gone on to interview for dozens of jobs.

I rose to be a hiring manager at the UN where I read thousands of applications, participated on interview panels for dozens of jobs, and saw every kind of hiring situation take place from an insider's seat at the hiring table.

Today, I know what it takes to find, interview for and to serve in international jobs that give you the opportunity to earn a good living with job security and benefits, to be able to provide comfortably for your family, and to grow you skills, expertise and experience—to be excited to go to work in the morning.
Here's what happened after I built a systematic process that guaranteed my finding a new job when I want to...
  • DREAM POSITIONS: I rose faster and higher as I moved from one job to the next. I went from an admin position to a research position to an officer and then to a hiring manager -- in the short span of a few years, winning jobs that most of my friends and colleagues would have loved to do.
  • INSTANT TICKET ROUND THE WORLD: I made a list of countries I wanted to work in - and used my job-getting skill to win jobs that would take me anywhere I wanted to go.
I got to work in Bhutan. This was me doing interviews with communities impacted by climate change...







I went to Afghanistan as the Head of the Policy Unit for a major UN agency. Here was me getting comfortable in security gear...


My work even took me to see Beyonce in concert in New York at the first Global Citizen festival...
  • INVITATIONS TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCES: I presented at international conferences at Columbia University, New School University in New York, and University of Groningen in the Netherlands. I also lectured at the University of Khartoum in Sudan, sharing findings of some of my research:
Yes, they misspelled my name, but did I care? No! I was just thankful my skill in finding development work could give me the opportunity to lecture in Sudan.

  • CONSISTENT INCOME & STABLE ORGANIZATIONS: The positions I used my job-getting system to find gave me a comfortable income where I didn't worry about making my bills every month. I also worked with stable organizations with values I agreed with - making sure I was contributing to work I found valuable.


"Break Into Development put things together in a systematic approach, in a concise way with PowerPoints and worksheets as opposed to hearing tips in one circumstance or another. I learned to approach my job search not out of a place of desperation or a 'choose me' mentality. But instead to reframe it, to tell my Hero Story, and to apply to jobs not from a place of scarcity but a place of what you have to offer to a team and making that connection."
- Emily P., M&E specialist based in Nairobi 

This system works not just for me.
It has PROVEN RESULTS for dozens of others...
I want to accelerate your time to your next job in development with the exact strategies I've used to grow my career and that have taken me around the world to work on challenges from designing industrial policy to training the South Sudan government on gender mainstreaming, planning and budgeting.

That’s why after months of preparation...

 ...years in the making...

...and tested with dozens of other students...
...I’m releasing a new program that will show you my step-for-step training to make your application stand-out, land you the interview and FINALLY give you the chance to prove what you're capable of doing...
INTRODUCING:
"Break Into Development: 
Kick Down Doors, Stop Wasting Time and Start Making a Difference"
A world-class training program that will give you the exact insider secrets, tactics, and psychological strategies to crack the code of finding a development job to make your impact on the world

Break Into Development is a tested, step-by-step training program to not only get feedback on your development sector job applications, but to get you invited to the interview. 

Rapidly identify opportunities that match your skills and interests—and know which are a waste of your time. Define your unique Hero Story – and the challenges and problems you’ve solved – in a powerful new way to persuade hiring managers to place you on the short-list of top candidates.

Through this training program, you will 10x your chances for every development role you apply to.
Your Break Into Development program includes:
The Insider’s Roadmap to Finding Your First or Next Development Job
  • Breakthrough the mental barriers that hold you back, find your passion, and see the real value you bring to a new team (women are especially prone to not seeing how they can make their full impact, but this can be quickly corrected)
  • ​A simple technique to identify your accomplishments, your strengths, gap areas—and your “why” 
  • Uncover the step-by-step roadmap to the job you daydream about doing, where you can finally contribute to making your community more just, equal and inclusive for all
  • ​By-pass success killers that block you from even applying for your dream position or organization, make you question your own skills, and leave you unsure if you have the “right” expertise
  • Inside the Vault: Use a set of techniques to remain confident when your applications get no response
Discover Your Dream Organization & Team
  • Decode the development landscape and know the types of organizations, opportunities and contract levels available
  • ​Forecast new opportunities by knowing where the money comes from and how to connect to donor interests, ideas and strategies
  • ​Use the jargon decoder technique to become fluent in the key words, acronyms, buzzwords and latest ideas influencing the development job market
  • ​Tap into under-utilized tools to gauge if you identify with the core values, culture, and team dynamics of a target organization 
Zero-In on Vacancy Announcements
  • Where to find “inside information” about an organization and use this information to meet the understated real needs of a ToR 
  • Adopt a “Window Shopping Strategy” in top job websites, and how to find unadvertised opportunities 
  • How to decide priority jobs, sectors and organizations most available to you 
  • Find opportunities in locations you care about
  • Inside the Vault: Do they have someone in mind already? 
The Inside Secrets on Hiring Practices
  • Learn key recruitment patterns that cut across the development sector and determine how hiring happens 
  • Begin thinking like hiring managers and know how to tap into their everyday needs to put your best foot forward (legitimately and ethically)
  • How to stop wondering if you're even qualified and start leveraging your background and story to tick off competency-based needs (and find out what those really are) 
The Components of a Stand-Out Application
  • Use our innovative NICHE technique to position yourself as a top candidate
  • How to build authentic relationships that help you look for a job, grow in your career and keep you moving up the impact ladder 
  • ​The secrets to hiring manager attention-grabbing CVs and Cover Letters that get you invited to the interview (and know what common pitfalls NOT to waste time on) 
  • ​​How to craft your story to engage with development professionals and stand-out above the competition 
  • Inside the Vault: CV & Cover Letter Teardown
  • ​Inside the Vault: Build your own job application system
Here's what our students have to say:


"I have learned so much and as I sit down to rewrite my CV and other cover letters, I will be guided by my experience of interacting with you. When I joined the Break Into Development course, I honestly did not know what to expect and after completing the course and attending my first interview, I am convinced that every professional who wants to edge the interview should attend the Break Into Development course. I am recommending this to all my friends! I personally thank you for the opportunity to interact and learn, you are a wonderful facilitator!"
- Ken M., Technical Adviser, public health non-for-profit, Kenya





"I got invited to the interview! So I thought, I'm not going to mess this up, I'm just going to handle myself according to your advice... and I got the job. Even, they offered me a higher position, that of Coordinator.. so all is good! And, the job is in Kenya - my favorite country where I was aiming to end up at.
- Karen G., private sector consultant, Netherlands





"I wanted to let you know that your course equipped me with the tool to turn my CV into my "Hero Story" by tailoring my achievements and experiences perfectly with the ToR. I landed interviews with Oxfam and the US government only because of your tools, thank you Chris!"
- Jaideep, disaster risk reduction professional, India





"I'm happy to share with you the news that I have received a response from World Vision and I must say that I owe this to the skills I acquired from Break Into Development."
- Rachel M., M&E specialist, Kenya





"Before I signed up I was a bit hesitant because I had done other courses and I wasn't sure there is something new for me. Other programs just have notes you can access. Modules you go through, read and read, and you finish. Break Into Development, however, was very interactive with enriching materials compared to other courses. "
- Maurice K., Public Health Specialist in Rwanda





"I've never looked at job hunting in this way. I always did the copy and paste thing—using the same CV. But I got no results that way. I feel like if I internalize the Break Into Development worksheets and practical materials, I would save myself a lot of stress and disappointment. The NICHE matrix is really powerful. I thought I am just a normal person, what am I offering the market that is new? But the framework and examples you give excited and challenged me to take a new direction."
- Isabella O., NGO Programme Officer, Kenya





"I wanted to understand what I could do differently to earn international jobs. I had applied but wasn't getting those jobs yet. I must admit that I have been making it to interviews and now I have lost count."
- Dan K., education specialist, Kenya


Join Break Into Development – with GUARANTEED RESULTS
Because I stand by this product as the only available, proven system for breaking into development, I welcome you to try this program risk free.

Try it for 30 days.
No career coach, CV editing service or MA degree program will GIVE YOU YOUR MONEY BACK if you don't get results. 

But I guarantee your results.

If you have gone through all the video lessons, filled out each of the worksheets, and reached out to us for direct support to get you unstuck within 30 days of your purchase, I will grant you a refund.
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 is this course?
There are currently 12+ core lessons and 15+ bonus vault videos with over 7 hours of exclusive, premium content. I've also included checklists, worksheets, and cheat sheets to help you get the most out of the material. Downloadable PowerPoints, worksheets, templates, and scripts are also provided.
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.
Are updates included with this course?
Yes. Whenever the course is updated, you'll immediately be notified by email and get access to any and all updates instantly at no additional charge, forever. I've already updated the course several times, adding more content, tools and resources to help you win top international organization jobs.
Is this course for beginners or experienced professionals?
I created this course for both beginners and experienced professionals alike. There are many seasoned development professionals who realize that mastering the game of applying to mid- and senior-level positions can help them significantly increase or even 2x their current income, expertise or influence. I'm also uniquely qualified to teach development sector newcomers since I started out with no experience or connections whatsoever.
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 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Are payment plans available?
Yes; you can enroll and save with a one-time payment or pay a bit more with 3 monthly payments.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Paypal, Stripe, debit card and credit cards, and Mpesa are all accepted. Many students also enroll by making payments via Western Union.
Join Break Into Development Today
You can join Break Into Development and access:
  • Break Into Development curriculum: Unlock access to 7 hours of proven content and in-depth videos where I personally walk you through EVERY step you need to win a top development sector position.
  • Access to the Break Into Development Vault: Insider secrets on where to find top jobs (even if they're unadvertised), and answers to your burning questions about the development jobs sector 
  •  Proven ready-to-use scripts: Build your development jobs network, to stay first-of-mind and follow-up after your job interviews, and more
  • ​​Jumpstarter worksheets: Get you acting on your lessons to power up your job applications - and not just dream about landing a job
  • Full PowerPoint presentations: So you have all the material at your fingertips
  • ​Real Written Test samples and interview guidance: Get ready for your moment in the spotlight with practice on real-world written tests, scripts and all the strategies my students have used to win jobs at major development organizations
Everything you need to go from no-response to your job applications to the interview—and beyond!
Here Are Your Options...
You can...

Get someone to edit your CV. It will cost you $200+ for EVERY job you apply to — and that person will only be former HR or a recruiter. Meaning: they haven't sat in the hiring managers shoes like I have, giving you the proven techniques you need to persuade technical professionals like yourself. 

Plus, they say we all will have between 12-15 jobs in our careers. So it would cost you well over $3,000 to just get your CV in order each time you need to move onward and upward...

You can hire a coach. For $150 an hour, they can review your job search strategy or prep you for the interview. Again, you need to do this for EACH interview you do, and they won't be able to give you the actual psychological tools or development expert advice I put into Break Into Development.

You can WASTE months on Google, YouTube or Facebook. There is so much information out there, it's hard to know what WORKS and what doesn't. You can bet I've researched all the best sites, forums, LinkedIn articles and tested the tips they give you in MY OWN CAREER. So you don't have to.

Asking your friends for advice or to review your CV. Our friends mean well—but sometimes they're just too polite to really tell you what they think. Besides, they are only 1 or 2 steps ahead of you in the game. I've interviewed over a hundred staff and consultants, reviewed well over 3,000 CVs, and gotten through the application myself several times. Plus, I've also served for years as professional CV writer, tested my materials with dozens of others, and gotten THEM results.

Finally...

You can do nothing at all. And keep sending out application after application... Maybe you will get an interview, maybe you won't. Then when you do, you will prepare for the interview by searching on Google (who knows what you will find) and practice in front of the mirror. These aren't proven, guaranteed techniques like I back up in Break Into Development.

Or... Instead....

You can enroll in Break Into Development...

And invest in building a top 21st Century skill—one that you need to accelerate your career.  Plus, my materials make you a stronger professional, focused on giving you tools to do the job once you're in.
4 weeks from now, where will you be?
You could not join and watch another month go by, as your frustration and disappointment grow with each new failed application.

Or worse yet, next year comes around and you're still stranded at the current stage of your career, as your skills and passion to make a difference slowly fade away...
Imagine instead...
What your days could be like if you can stop wasting time finding jobs – and start being able to lead a life of real, meaningful impact. For you, your family and your community. If you could find an organization and team that ACTUALLY values your skills and contributions—where you can grow your influence and make a difference.

You could wake up in the morning with the latest results from your team implementing a new scaling approach to your project. Donors could be looking to fund your next initiative. And policymakers could be reforming legislation based on the findings of your latest analysis.

With salary and benefits paying you what you’re worth, you will no longer feel financial pressure to support your family. 

You can focus on growing your skills, building your impact and living a life of difference for others.
With Break Into Development, You Can Accelerate Your Path to a New Lifestyle, Work From Anywhere, and Pursue Your Passion

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