Are You LinkedIn?

Are you on LinkedIn? This year we would like to encourage all Milken Institute School of Public Health to use LinkedIn. To achieve this goal we’re asking all students to do three things:

1. Create a LinkedIn profile
2. Add your Milken Institute School of Public Health degree program to your profile
3. Join in the GW Public Health Students LinkedIn group (alumni are invited to join the GW Public Health Alumni group)

In addition, we’re offering a LinkedIn webinar on Tuesday, September 9 from 12:00-1:30pm. Get tips on how to polish your profile, connect with alumni, and research employers.

GWork

Did you know that in addition to the events and resources offered by the Milken Institute School of Public Health Career Center, the GW Center for Career Services offers further employer information sessions, site visits, and on-campus recruiting?

To find out about events and resources specific to public health students, be sure to read the Weekly Student Newsletter, the Career Services Blog, and/or the GW Public Health LinkedIn group.

Information about many of the GW Center for Career Services events will be included in the Career and Professional Development Opportunities article in each Weekly Student Newsletter; however, to get the most updated information on these events, log in to GWork regularly. If you have any trouble logging in, please contact gworkhelp@gwu.edu.

Weekly Career Tip: Why You Don’t Want Your Resume to be Memorable

It may sound counterintuitive, but you don’t want your resume to be memorable. Employers certainly remember good people, but they don’t necessarily remember resumes…unless they stand out in a bad way. So when you’re writing your resume, you don’t need to worry about formatting it in an unusual way or adding some creative element to make it look different from the other documents. The best resume is one that is formatted cleanly and consistently. It will contain bulleted statements that describe your experience in terms of outcomes, not responsibilities, and include quantified information where applicable. It may feature a profile or summary statement and additional sections for volunteer work, publications, etc. that are directly relevant to the position to which you are applying.

Stand out by being clear, concise, and specific, not by trying to add a lot of bells and whistles.

EVENT: Meet the Researcher Faculty Panel and Student/Recent Alumni Career Panel 8/27

Do you want to find out about the exciting research going on at the Milken Institute School of Public Health? Do you want to start gaining public health work experience while still in school? Would you like to hear advice on the internship and job search process? Come to the Meet the Researcher Faculty Panel and the Student/Recent Alumni Career Panel on August 27 from 4:00-7:00pm in Room 100A.

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Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 8/25/2014

In the next few weeks: GW Meet the Researcher Faculty Panel and Public Health Student and Recent Alumni Career Panel, Booz Allen Hamilton’s University Scholars program, GW Career Week. Find the latest job and internship openings on the Milken Institute School of Public Health Jobs Database.

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Weekly Career Tip: Job Search Strategies

If your job search consists solely of finding and applying for jobs online, you may be working hard, but you’re not working smart. The most effective job search will employ a variety of strategies. Here is a list of several things you can do to make sure you’re using a varied approach to your job search:

1. Apply for jobs online, using a variety of job banks and databases.
2. Reach out to your contacts to let them know what you’re looking for and ask about leads.
3. Conduct informational interviews as a way to find out helpful information that will allow you to tailor your application materials.
4. Consider using social media in your job search.
5. Stay active in the field by volunteering, reading relevant material, and /or attending events. This will demonstrate a genuine interest in the field and may help you meet valuable contacts.
6. Keep a record of all of your job search activities.

Weekly Career Tip: How to Indicate a Promotion on a Resume

There are a couple of different ways that you can indicate that you’ve held two positions under the same employer. If the duties of the two positions were significantly different, you can use the employer as the heading and the position titles as two separate subheadings with bullets under each subheading describing the work of each position. For example:

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Research Manager (April 2014 – Present)
x  Action verb bullet point that describes results of work
Research Assistant (September 2012 – April 2014)
x Great bullet point that includes quantitative information

If the promotion is a change of title but the position duties stay the same, you might format the entry on your resume like this:

The Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University
Research Manager (April 2014- Present), Research Assistant (September 2012-April 2014)
x Promotion to Research Manager awarded due to excellent work quality
x Bullet point that describes results of work

Of the two formats, the first is preferred since employers like to see progression. Ideally a promotion does include some additional responsibilities. However, if you truly can’t differentiate the work you did under one title from the work of your previous title, the second example is an acceptable way to format a resume entry.

Weekly Career Tip: Long-Distance Job Search

If you’re applying for a job in a city or state that is a significant distance from where you live, you are, unfortunately, at a disadvantage. Even though you may be willing to cover the costs of getting yourself into town for an interview and relocating, employers often prefer local candidates. That’s not to say that getting a job in a new area is impossible, but there are some specific things that you should do and be aware of when conducting a long-distance job search including: prepare for a longer job search, use a local address, and state that you will cover your own travel and relocation expenses.

For some helpful tips on long-distance job searching read:

How to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search
Why Long-Distance Job Searching Sucks and What You Can Do About It