Job Search Guide (PDF)
Conducting a job search takes time, commitment and organization. This guide will help you get started on your journey.
Start Your Job Search
Many public health organizations begin recruiting for spring graduates and summer interns fall semester, so get started early. Here are a few suggested guidelines to help you begin your job search:
Assess your own values
Be certain you know your own values, skills, strengths, and work criteria. One resource for self-assessment tools is iSeek Careers.
Create your own marketing materials
Develop a portfolio, write a resume and cover letter, and script an introduction you can use to “sell” yourself in two minutes or less.
Network in professional associations (consider the Minnesota Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association or other association specific to your area of interest), conduct informational interviews, or “try on” a position through volunteering, job shadowing, or part-time employment.
Another great resource is the Health care Leaders and Executives site.
Apply for positions that match your qualifications
Apply for positions for which you possess most of the required qualifications – even if you don’t possess all of the skills listed in the job description. As long as you meet the essential qualifications you may be invited to interview, where you can sell yourself and begin to get networked into the employer community.
Even before you are invited to interview, begin preparing. Think about and practice your responses to the most commonly asked questions. Sharpen your interviewing skills using Interview Stream, an online practice tool.
Career development is a lifelong process
After you land a position, continue to network, be active in professional associations, and consider becoming a mentor and signing up for the alumni networking directory. You will discover how rewarding it is to help new public health professionals begin their own career development process.
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