Share Your Advice and Experience

Students often have helpful information to share with one another about practicum, internships, and jobs. Over the next year we plan to hold one or more in-person student/alumni career panels, virtual student/alumni career panels, and blog posts featuring student job/internship/practicum search stories. If you would like to participate in one or more of these opportunities, please fill out this form. The information you provide will be kept confidential.

Weekly Career Tip: Job Interviews and Body Language

Although your qualifications are certainly important, during an in-person job interview your clothing, handshake, tone of voice, and body language all play significant roles in the success of the interview. During an interviewer an employer may be thinking, “Do I like this person? Is this someone I can see myself working with daily? Is this someone I can send to interface with clients or the company’s CEO?”

For some really interesting information on how body language affects not only how others see us, but how we feel about ourselves, view Amy Cuddy’s TED talk Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are (transcript version).

As you prepare for a job interview, spend some time thinking about all of the non-verbal messages you will be sending. Be sure that you’ll be making the best overall impression that you can.

Your Feedback Needed

Have you ever used the jobs database? Did you attend the public health career fair? Have you attended an alumni career panel? If so, you’ve interacted with career services. We would love to get your feedback so that we can continue to improve the resources and services that are offered to students.

If you are a current on-campus student, please take a few minutes to provide some feedback by taking the Career Services Survey. (Alumni and online students will have separate opportunities to contribute feedback.)

Weekly Career Tip: Focus on Accomplishments, not Responsibilities

When describing your experience on your resume, focus on accomplishments and results, not responsibilities. Here are a few tips to help you do this:

  • Quantify your experience. Using numbers adds weight to your statements by making your work more concrete. Where possible, include numbers, percentages, frequency, and dollar amounts. For example, Taught weekly nutrition class to a group of 25 middle-school students.
  • Sometimes it is not possible to quantify experience. In cases where this is true, think about how you made improvements or went above and beyond the normal scope of the job. Read more about this here. For example, Improved research database by making changes which resulted in more timely retrieval of information.
  • If your work didn’t directly lead to a result, explain how your work contributed to the accomplishment of a larger goal. For example, Wrote subject matter briefs that were used to compose the organization’s press releases on climate change.

Weekly Career Tip: Including Relevant Coursework on a Resume

Should you include relevant coursework on your resume? Some people will tell you yes, others will advise against it. The best answer is: it depends. If you have relatively little experience in the field, including a list of relevant courses can be a good way to demonstrate your interest and exposure to a topic area. On the other hand, if you already have some significant related work experience, space on your resume is probably better used describing your professional work and achievements. If you’re in doubt about whether or not to list relevant coursework, use this test: in an interview what experiences would you talk about to demonstrate your qualifications for the position? If you would pull the majority of experiences from your classwork, it may be to your benefit to list relevant courses and even speak in detail about class projects on your resume.

If you do decide to include relevant coursework on your resume, be selective about which courses you include. There is no need to list basic or core courses, such as Biology or Foundations of Public Health. List only those courses that give you specific knowledge (usually electives) and are directly relevant to the position to which you are applying. On your resume the best place to include information about relevant courses is directly under the degree program in which you took the course. Be sure to write out the entire name of the course; employers are not familiar with course numbers and may not understand the abbreviated titles that are used in the course catalog.


Salary Negotiation Resources

If you’re currently looking for a job you’ve probably updated your resume and proofread your cover letter, but are you prepared for a salary negotiation? Ideally any discussion of salary will come after an offer has been extended, but employers are increasingly broaching the topic early on in the hiring process. Make sure that you’re prepared to discuss or negotiate a job offer by reading through the following list of articles on salary negotiation.

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Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 4/21/2014

This week: Seminar with Dr. Elaine Ostrander on Prostate Cancer, Tools for Responsible Global Engagement webinar, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics seminar. Find the latest job and internship openings on the Milken Institute School of Public Health Jobs Database.

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