We provide data, information, and insights on the well-being of children and youth to policymakers, practitioners, and the general public to improve the lives and prospects of children and youth everywhere.
How to Get Hired
We asked Child Trends for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
To assess cultural fit, we look for a candidate who: 1) puts mission first; is interested in and compelled by the Child Trends mission and uses it to guide work and priorities; 2) applies an initiative-taking, continuous-learning, and problem-solving approach; 3) effectively communicates (writes well, listens well, errs on the side of communication); 4) is conscientious and has high standards for work and ethics; 5) is approachable (i.e., nice even under pressure) and a team player (cooperation over competition); and 6) s willing to take risks to learn, grow, and better achieve mission.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
First and foremost, write a great cover letter. Without a cover letter, we often will disqualify you. A great cover letter gets you noticed. Write a cover letter that takes our perspective, shows you understand what we need, explains how you fit that need and what value you offer beyond the need, and leaves us wanting to learn more. A great cover letter means that you can write well, engage, inspire, and change behavior. And this is what we want to do with our research. We do rigorous research and clearly communicate it.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
Researchers with a policy or practice focus in childhood health (obesity, safety, mental health), early childhood education researchers and evaluators, research communications specialists, and data scientists with skills in big data and related quantitative techniques will top the list, but we welcome unsolicited requests from very senior hires in any area relevant to our mission.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
Engage with us on research results, implications, and innovations. We publish in many different ways; sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook/LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter--and begin discussions in the areas that interest you. Good ideas contributed in response to a blog, for example, will get the author's attention far more effectively than an all-too-common request for an informational interview. If you are a researcher or practitioner, look for us at key conferences. Come to our sessions, ask questions, and introduce yourself. If you are a policy person, engage with us at Hill events or through our social media. Link us to new ideas, people or organizations.
The best way to get our attention is by helping us, even in small ways, to achieve our mission.