Weekly Career Tip: Advice from Recruiters

Last week GW career services professionals had an opportunity to hear from a panel of professional recruiters. We asked what common mistakes they see students making in their interaction with recruiters. Here are some of their responses:

  • When interacting virtually with a recruiter, remember that you’re still talking to an employer. Virtual or social media platforms don’t mean that you can be overly casual in your communication.
  • Avoid the “just someone in HR” mentality. Recruiters and human resources professionals are the gateway to the hiring manager. Be professional and respectful.
  • Be accutely aware of your tone, especially in written communication. Recruiters cited arrogance or students’ expectation that they can circumvent the system as a common mistake.
  • Recruiters and hiring managers often go to social media platforms to see how candidates present themselves. Not having a social media presence (i.e. LinkedIn) can count as a check against you.
  • Show that you’ve done your part. Don’t just send a recruiter your resume and ask where you might fit in the organization. Spend some time on the company’s website and identify a few divisions or job titles that might be a good fit for you, then present those ideas to the recruiter.
  • International students need to own the responsibility of understanding the sponsorship process. Don’t assume that the employer will understand or do the work required for sponsorship.

While not all public health organizations use recruiters, some do. Regardless of whether you’re working with a professional recruiter or a manager looking to hire a team member, it’s important to be professional in all written and verbal communication and to respect the recruiter/manager’s time.

Alumni Career Profile: Corstella Henley, MPH ’09

We interviewed Corstella Henley, MPH ’09, Regional Minority Health Consultant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. In her interview, Corstella discusses her work on minority health issues in a specific region of the midwestern U.S., her activities as a public health student, and her advice on networking. Read the interview.

Weekly Career Tip: Word Power

The words you use affect your attitude and your thinking. If you’re having trouble with career-related decisions, try the following exercises:

  • Replace “should” statements with “want to” – does the statement still ring true?
  • Replace “can’t” with “won’t” – this can help illuminate your true priorities
  • Replace “but” with “and” – this will help open up possibilities

From the book You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career by Katherine Brooks

Weekly Career Tip: A Few Professional Etiquette Tips

These professional etiquette tips are applicable for students, job seekers, and professionals.

Leave your phone alone! Refrain from checking or sending text messages and emails during meetings or lectures. You may think you’re being discrete, but others will take notice. Give the speaker the respect that he or she deserves.

When addressing people – either verbally or in written communication – use titles (Mr., Ms., Dr., Professor, etc.). Do not use first names unless invited to do so. If you have multiple email communications with the same person throughout the day, a formal greeting may not be needed for each email; however, you should begin the first email of each day with a salutation.

When approaching someone in a cubicle, knock on the cubicle door/wall and ask, “May I come in?” Respect personal space, even if there are no office walls.

Read more professional etiquette tips here.


Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 7/14/2014

In the next few weeks:GW Virtual Networking Hour, Public Service Fellows Program application deadline, 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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Weekly Career Tip: Qualifications and Applying for Jobs

How many of a job announcement’s qualifications do you need to meet in order to have a good shot at getting the job? 70% is a good rule of thumb to use. If you meet less than 70% of the qualifications listed, you’re probably not going to be one of the best qualified candidates and therefore your time is better spent working on applications to jobs for which you are better qualified.

Not all qualifications listed, though, carry equal weight. Look over the job announcement carefully to get an idea of which skills and qualifications seem to be most important. Qualifications listed first or skills mentioned repeatedly throughout the job announcement will be more essential.