We recently participated in a Global Health Fellows Program webinar on the topic of “Building Your Best Global Health Resume.” The webinar featured several panelists, including a global health recruiter, a performance and career development professional from the Global Health Fellows Program, a communication expert, and a current global health fellow.
For those not familiar with the Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP), it is a five year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) implemented and managed by the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with Global Health Corps, GlobeMed, Management Systems International and PYXERA Global. The program provides internship, fellowship (2-4 years), and full-time global health opportunities from entry-level up to senior level.
To learn more about the program, please visit: http://www.ghfp.net.
The following is a list of tips the panelists provided when putting together a global health resume:
Summary: A summary section is preferred at the top of your resume—they strongly suggested not using an objective statement. This section should be tailored to each global health position and include accomplishments, language proficiencies, countries you have experience in, and/or your strongest qualifications most relevant to the position.
Experience: For your experience or relevant experience section of your resume, make sure that you be specific, but concise. Include numbers (quantify your experience), define specific regions or communities or populations you worked with, and describe your experience through the lens of a public health professional. Start each experience by including your primary roles and responsibilities in the first few bullet points.
Format: Limiting the amount of white space in your resume, as well as using bullet points for your experience descriptions are also highly recommended.
Customization: Use keywords from the job description (verbatim) and incorporate them into your resume and cover letter. Before a human eye even sees your global health resume, it will be screened by a computer using keywords from the position description.
DO NOT: Do not include GPA’s, personal information or references on your global health resume. Also, keep the formatting of your resume simple: do not include any colors, graphics or unique fonts.
Other Experience: Applicants are encouraged to include relevant volunteer and community service experience, leadership experience, memberships and affiliations, and/or off- and on-campus involvements in their global health resume. Make sure to detail your contributions and accomplishments for everything included. Note: Volunteer experience and academic project work will be counted as relevant experience.
Relevant Coursework: Only include “relevant coursework” on your global health resume if relevant to the position or if you have limited experience in the field. Be sure to also highlight relevant course projects from these courses.
Length: Your global health resume should be as long as necessary to highlight only your relevant experience and accomplishments—do not include non-relevant information.
Other: Always accompany your resume with a cover letter (this will be used to assess your writing skills). Also, make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated.
For additional tips and resume assistance, contact:
Career & Professional Development Center
University of Minnesota – School of Public Health