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?
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
Be specific, especially with computer and analytical skills
Special talents only you can do, and do well
e. Program experience
Name and funding sources
Projects you have worked on (dates)
Exact role in the project
Accomplishments what did you change?
Committees you were part of (dates)
f. Job experience
Actual vs. functional job titles
Appointments to special projects and committees (dates)
By whom and for what
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
e. Job alerts from potential employers
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Updated: 12/30/2017 R103
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