E13S9: Confessions of a Headhunter: Impact Job Search Strategies for the 21st Century

Summary & Key Takeways

Who better than a headhunter to help guide you in your job search?

In Episode 13 of Season 9 learn from innovator, founder and social entrepreneur Paul Breloff. Paul has been working in the social impact sector for over two decades in a variety of innovative roles including currently as CEO and Co-Founder of Shortlist, a leading search, recruiting and upskilling startup connecting impact talent to opportunity across Africa and beyond. 

In this episode Paul shares his rich experience and insights from developing and recruiting talent for a wide variety of regional and global social impact organizations. He discusses tips for how to work with headhunters, explores the key impact skills in demand, how the world of work is changing across Africa and his suggestions for candidates to be more competitive in their job searches.

In addition, he highlights his lessons from working at the intersection of development, investment, startups and the global change industry for over two decades. For those seeking to scale innovative solutions to local and regional challenge, Paul shares unique lessons from his work across a wide range of roles and the ups and downs (as well as maintaining one’s well-being) in the impact world. 


Paul is the Co-Founder and CEO of Shortlist, a talent advisory and executive search firm working across Africa and India. Since its founding in 2016, Shortlist has worked with 1,000+ companies and 1,800,000+ job seekers across 30 countries. Before Shortlist, Paul was the Founder and Managing Director of the Accion Venture Lab, a VC fund investing in inclusive fintech startups globally, and head of business development for SKS Microfinance in Hyderabad.

He has also been a corporate lawyer and advertising account executive, and advises several startups and investment funds in Africa. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

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