Job Search Preparation

Career Planning Course (CPC)

Your career readiness is what drives Career Services to give you every advantage possible to be successful in today's competitive job market. That's why we've implemented a mandatory Career Planning Course for MPH and MS-HCOM students designed to ensure that you gain the skills and confidence to promote yourself effectively in your job search and throughout your career.

The mandatory CPC Course for MPH and MS-HCOM students provides:

  • An in-depth Career Connector demonstration focusing on how to make the most of this resource (job search, document library, employer and alumni contacts);
  • A focused discussion on professional communications with practice activities (LinkedIn 101, cold emails, cover letters, professional self-introductions);
  • Informational and formal interview training;
  • Long-term career management

All MPH and MS-HCOM students are required to take this course. Please log in to Career Connector for CPC dates and to register.

Seeking additional advice and guidance?

Log in to Career Connector and visit the "Document Library" for our career guides and other resources.

For a brief overview of what you'll find inside our career guides, please open the boxes below.

Resume and CV

Two distinct guides—the “Resume” guide and the “CV” guide—provide detailed information on developing these essential documents. Students seeking resume help will find up-to-date information on content development, including personal branding, and applicant tracking systems.  A reference list of action verbs and sample resumes (from MPH, MBS, MS-HCOM, MS/MPH, PA, and MS-PREP/NESA graduates) are also included.

DrPH students seeking assistance with CV writing will find sample CVs and guidance on developing content.

Cover Letter

The “Cover Letter” guide focuses on structure and key content areas to help you promote your most relevant qualities and contributions. In this guide you will also find sample letters representing different job sectors from students across our programs. Use the included cover letter checklist to help keep you on track.

Networking & Professional Communications

The “Networking & Professional Communications” guide provides an overview of specific and critical communication tools that you will use during your ALE, job, or internship search including networking, informational interviews, the elevator pitch, thank you letters, references, and writing samples. These tools provide the basis for honing essential communication skills that can help you avoid making minor communication transgressions that could result in a negative impression that is hard to reverse. Leveraging these tools to your advantage and mastering communication best practices is the key to your success.

LinkedIn Tips for Students

Social media plays an important role in today’s hiring practices. According to a 2015 jobvite.com survey, 92% of hiring managers said they use social media in the recruiting process. Of those, 87% use LinkedIn to source candidates. As a top professional networking site, LinkedIn is a vital resource for every student, providing opportunities to improve your visibility with potential employers by sharing an in-depth profile and breadth of information than can be broader than the capacities of a resume and cover letter.  LinkedIn’s resources such as its University pages, and a student-focused mobile app that provides custom, jobs-related recommendations, are among its many tools to help users connect to opportunities. Use the resources in the CC document library to help you establish or optimize your current profile.

Interview Preparation

The “Job Interview Preparation” guide provides an overview of the styles and types of interviews that you will likely encounter during your job search. Throughout the guide you’ll find key information to help you prepare for, conduct, and follow up after the interview. A key feature of the guide is a list of difficult interview questions job seekers usually encounter, and some helpful insights to answering them.

Salary Negotiations

The “Salary Negotiations” guide delves into essential information to help you successfully negotiate a job offer. Providing a comprehensive overview of how employers arrive at a salary, together with information and examples to help you answer salary-related questions at any stage of the job search, this guide is an invaluable tool. We encourage you to use this guide to identify dependable salary-research resources, and to learn how to build your case for what you’re worth.

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