Job Hunting Tips for Graduates with a Public Health Degree
A Public Health career is a stairway to self-fulfillment, and a job is a step on that stairway.
1. Know thyself – size your fit
a. Who are you?
b. Public health is diverse, but what exactly do you want to do?
· Academic background
· Work background
· Not just health departments….
2. Start & Maintain a Resume File – it’s all about skill sets
a. Education history (list the dates for reference – will be checked)
b. Continuing Ed
c. Work history (everything counts, even unpaid positions)
d. Skill Sets
· Think keywords
· Be specific, especially with computer and analytical skills
· Special talents – only you can do, and do well
e. Program experience
· Name and funding sources
· Job titles
· Projects you have worked on (dates)
· Exact role in the project
· Accomplishments – what did you change?
· Committees you were part of (dates)
· Exact role
f. Job experience
· Actual vs. functional job titles
· Appointments to special projects and committees (dates)
· By whom and for what
· Former employers
· Former supervisors
· Staff from where you volunteer
3. What is a Public Health Career?
4. Talk to Someone the Field – PHENOM Program
b. Provides overview of professionals in the field
c. E-mail to set up an appointment to do a phone interview
d. NOT a source for jobs
5. Online Job Search
a. Not the only option, but a good start
b. Scan the Job landscape
c. Sign up for Job alerts
· Subscribe to Public Health E-News
d. Submit your information to a company database
· Cut and paste from resume file to relevant fields
· The key – keywords!
e. Know What’s Out There
· Match your work history to what’s out there
· Narrow your fields of interest
f. Experience counts, but maxes out at 5 years
6. Applying for job
a. If you can do 75% of the job description – apply
b. Be on time for interviews
c. ALWAYS send a thank you note to your interviewers within 24 hours!
7. Job Sources
a. Friends, acquaintances, classmates
b. Professional meetings
c. Job fairs
d. Internet Postings
· CT DAS
e. Job alerts from potential employers
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Updated: 12/18/2016 R50
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