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Maya wins #DreamCandidate Competition

The competition - run by CharityJob, the UK’s busiest website for jobs in the charity sector – was launched in March this year to find the country’s most talented and creative job seeker in the sector. The entry was extremely popular with the voting public, winning the overwhelming majority of & lsquo;likes’ on the competition’s Facebook page.

Maya cleverly featured interviews from her former employers and colleagues, who described her creativity, focus and huge potential, as well as her extraordinary enthusiasm for the charity sector. Maya faced competition from over 200 registered applicants, with many exciting and innovative entries submitted over a period of four months. But with the help of a film maker friend, and a lot of hard work, her simple yet effective video CV truly stood out from the crowd.

Steve Wexler, Director of CharityJob says: “We were thoroughly impressed by the high standard of applications. However, Maya’s entry had everything captured really well. Her passion, enthusiasm and diligence came across in the short video and was echoed by her past employers.  She certainly deserves the title & lsquo;Dream Candidate’.”

 Maya, says winning “feels absolutely fantastic. There were some really good entries so I was quite surprised when I won!”

She has recently returned from a project funded by Comic Relief in Bangladesh, and is now looking for a permanent job in International Development, Children or Women’s rights. Well-travelled Maya also has a BA in International Development from the University of East Anglia, as well as an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.


Winning the first prize in the competition means Maya’s unique CV will now be shared with over 20,000 charity recruiters, and many charities have already expressed their interest. Thanks to the competition, the winner and the successful runners-up are now well on their way to winning their dream jobs. To stay up to date on Maya’s progress simply follow #HireMaya.



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