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Minimum working experience?

Posted: 08 Jan 2019, 15:45
by elisa_ll

I have a question regarding the minimum working experiences.

I had four years working experience in procurement in China before I came to Canada pursuing my MBA degree.

After my MBA graduation, I worked in Marketing field for 10 years. After that, I changed my job and started working for a Canadian Public Procurement organization for the past four years.

For my UN job hunting, I am targeting at P3 and P4 positions. That said, P3 posting requires "A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in procurement."

How to understand this "five years" request? Does it have to be five consecutive years in the same field?

How about my 4-year procurement experience in China? Would it be counted as well or not due to the 10-year gap in between?

Should I hold off my application until I reach to my 5th year working in the Canadian procurement field?

Could you please shed some lights on it? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks a lot,


Re: Minimum working experience?

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 12:54
by mdr
elisa_ll wrote:
08 Jan 2019, 15:45
Hi! Personally, I don't think there's any harm in applying and see where that goes. I think one should apply to as many as you can at least until you reach to the interview stage. Although I do believe I read somewhere on this forum with more specific (and possibly sound advice compared to mine) tips on not applying to a broad range especially to the same organization i.e. P2 to P5. For me, I was only aiming at P2 and the occasional rare P1. I did try out on a handful of P3 but who was I kidding :lol: But that's my point, the range isn't crazy far.

Re: Minimum working experience?

Posted: 11 Jan 2019, 14:03
by elisa_ll
Thanks very much for sharing your input.

I would prefer to apply positions in a more selective way. That said, I agree that there shouldn't be any harm to see how it goes.