Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 9/29/2014

In the next few weeks: US Army Health Professions Scholarship Program information table, Catholic Relief Services employer information session, PMF Applicant Information sessions, career workshops for international students. Find the latest job and internship openings on the Milken Institute School of Public Health Jobs Database.

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Weekly Career Tip: Connect with Alumni Using LinkedIn

If you’re looking to reach out to new contacts in order to get information about possible career paths or opportunities, alumni have been shown to be some of the most willing people to respond. Here are a few tips about how to connect with alumni.

1. One of the best ways to find alumni is by using LinkedIn’s Find Alumni tool. Hover your mouse above the Connections tab and click the Find Alumni option. From there, you can use a number of filters to look at the profiles of various alumni that meet your search criteria.

2. Once you’ve found someone you’d like to get in touch with, see if you have any shared connections that can provide you with an introduction.

3. If you’re reaching out to someone that you’ve never met, it’s best to start by asking for information, rather than opportunities. What questions do you have about your field, a specific company, resources for finding employment? Rather than asking for a job, ask your new connection for information that can help you be more effective in your job search.

4. When an alum or new contact provides you with information, time, advice, etc., be sure to always follow up with a quick but thoughtful email. Not only is this a nice thing to do, but it will also go a long way toward building a professional relationship.

Find out more about how to use LinkedIn for career exploration and job searching by listening to the recording of our When, Why & How to Use LinkedIn webinar, found under the Event and Webinar Recordings section of the Career Resources web page.

Career and Professional Development Opportunities, Week of 9/22/2014

In the next few weeks: GW Fall Career and Internship Fair, US Army Health Professions Scholarship Program information table, career workshops for international students. Find the latest job and internship openings on the Milken Institute School of Public Health Jobs Database.

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Alumni Career Profile: Joseph Castro, MPH ’13

We interviewed Joseph Castro, MPH ’13, Supervisory Sports Specialist / U.S. Army Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. In his interview, Castro discusses his work overseeing staff and a variety of fitness programming as director of the Kawamura Human Performance Center on Fort Belvoir, VA, and shares how his degree at Milken Institute SPH enhanced his career development. Read the interview.

Weekly Career Tip: Career Development Guides

Are you looking for advice on how have a successful phone interview, what to do when attending a professional conference, or how to best negotiate a job offer? Check out our career development guides. We have a number of guides – everything from explaining what an informational interview is to tips on professional etiquette – available for you on the Career Resources webpage on the Milken Institute School of Public Health website.

EVENT: Presidental Management Fellows (PMF) Virtual Info Session 9/17

Are you interested in applying to the PMF program? Last year the Milken Institute School of Public Health had a number of PMF finalists! Tune into this webinar to hear some of these finalists talk about their experience applying for the PMF and PMF-STEM programs and get their advice for future applicants. The 2015 PMF application cycle will be open from October 1-15, 2014.

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