Weekly Career Tip: Applying for Two Jobs at the Same Company

Can you apply to more than one job at the same company? Yes, but there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, make sure that you’re actually qualified for the jobs to which you apply, and second make sure that the jobs are similar enough that you’re communicating a targeted job search. Applying for both data scientist and social media coordinator positions will most likely come off as if you don’t really know what you’re looking for. It’s also unlikely that you would be truly qualified for such different positions. Finally, when applying for more than one position at the same company, make sure to submit a separate cover letter for each position. Tailor each letter specifically to the position to which you are applying.

For more information on this topic read:

How to Apply for Multiple Jobs at One Company
Can Apply for Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?
Should You Apply for Multiple Jobs at One Company?
Applying for Multiple Jobs at One Company: Smart or Set Up for Failure?

Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 6/30/2014

In the next few weeks: CMS Recent Graduate Program job announcements, GW Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund application cycle opens, GW Virtual Networking Hour, and Virtual Employer Information Session: Millennium Partners Sports Management Club Management. Find the latest job and internship openings on the Milken Institute School of Public Health Jobs Database.

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Alumni Career Profile: Emma Sandoe, MPH ’10

We interviewed Emma Sandoe, MPH ’10, Spokesperson for Medicaid, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Washington, DC. In her interview, Emma describes the fast-paced and varied nature of her job, her prior experience and career path to her current position, and shares career advice for students and alumni who are interested in working in this field. Read the interview.

Weekly Career Tip: The Best Sources of Salary Information

While it’s true that you should wait for an employer to broach the topic of salary, employers are increasingly discussing salary at the beginning of the hiring process rather than at the end. This means that you need to be prepared to discuss salary from the very first interview or phone screen.

The key to a successful salary negotiation or discussion is accurate information about the market rate for the position. The absolute best sources of information about salary are 1) the company website and 2) current and former employees. Some organizations include a salary grade or band level on the job announcement. With a little digging, you can often find correlated salary ranges on the company website. One of the many advantages of doing informational interviews before you apply to a company is that you have an opportunity to ask questions about topics such as salary. While you wouldn’t ask your contact about his or her own salary, you can ask about the starting salary for an entry-level, manager-level, etc. position.

You can also use a number of online salary calculators. These tools can be helpful, but do be aware that their results tend to vary widely. Learn more about salary negotiation by reading our Salary Negotiation Guide.

Weekly Career Tip: Chronological or Functional Resume Format

When writing a resume, experience is typically listed in reverse-chronological order. However, functional resumes – documents in which information is organized by skill rather than chronologically – are often recommended for those making a career change, with gaps in employment history, or with little experience,. But there’s a big problem with functional resumes: most employers don’t like them. Employers want to see your experience in context.

If a traditional chronological resume format doesn’t seem to be working for you, here are a few tips to strengthen your resume while still keeping it close to a typical chronological format that employers expect to see:

1. When describing work that is not related, focus on transferrable skills. Ask yourself what skills you used in your previous career that will help you be successful in a new job. Highlight skills such as management, strategic planning, project implementation, writing, analysis, etc.

2.Use space to highlight the most relevant experiences. When a hiring manager scans your resume, her eyes are naturally going to be drawn to the area of the page that contains the largest area of text. For example, if you describe your practicum experience with one bullet point but use six bullet points to list all of the duties of your waitressing job, the employer is going to focus more attention on the waitressing job. Be strategic about creating emphasis on your resume by using a greater number of bullet points (3-5) on the one or two most relevant positions and a fewer number of bullet points (1-2) on less relevant or significant experiences.

3. You can divide your experience up into sections, provided that all of the entries listed within a section are organized in reverse chronological order. For example, you may create a Research section in which you list all of your research experience and an Additional Experience section in which you list relevant but non-research related work and activities.

4. Leave non-related experience off of your resume. A resume is a tailored document targeted to a specific job. There is no rule requiring you to list every job you’ve ever had. If, in an interview, an employer asks about gaps in work history, you can explain that in the interest of presenting a succinct document, you left some non-related work off of your resume.

While there are certainly exceptions, as a general rule it’s wise to steer clear of the functional resume format. Instead, use the tips listed above to highlight your qualifications within a traditional chronological format.

Weekly Career Tip: Federal Resumes

There are entire books written on how to write a federal resume. While this post doesn’t attempt to make you an expert in federal resume writing, it will give you a few tips to get you started.

1. Federal resumes are very, very different from traditional resumes or CVs. Many of the rules of traditional resume writing don’t apply to federal resumes. Additionally, federal resumes require information (i.e. salary, supervisor contact information) that you should not include on a traditional resume. The most common reason federal job applications are categorized as not qualified is because information is missing. In order to ensure that you include all of the required information on your federal resume, create an account with USAJobs and use the federal resume builder. Using the resume builder will also ensure that your document is formatted in a way that will easily be read by the electronic applicant tracking system.

2. A traditional resume is a 1-2 page document in which you describe your experience using succinct bullet points. Federal resumes, by contrast, have no page limit. In addition to paid work experience, you can use volunteer opportunities, class projects, extra-curricular activities, affiliations, publications, etc. to show that you are qualified for the the job. In describing your experience on a federal resume, you want to describe exactly how your experience qualifies you to do the job to which you are applying, which means that you can expand beyond the 3-5 bullet points you would use in a traditional resume. Start by learning how to read a federal job announcement and identify the information you’ll need to address in your resume. Then describe, in detail, how you meet the job qualifications. The sample resumes at The Resume Place website show how you might organize and format that information.

RESOURCE: Public Health Employers

Job seekers often ask the questions: Who’s doing the work I’m interested in; and What key words should I be using to find opportunities of interest? In order to assist in answering those questions, we’ve added some information on public health employers to the website.

The Public Health Employers section of the website includes lists of employers and job titles organized by department area.These lists have been compiled by looking at the organizations and jobs submitted to the Public Health Jobs Database, as well as by looking at where Milken Institute School of Public Health alumni are working or have worked in the past. While not inclusive of all of the employers or job titles in a particular area, these lists provide a good starting place from which job seekers can expand their research.