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Job Search Tips

Searching for jobs can be a time consuming and labor-intensive experience. Every ounce of effort you put into your application documents and job search can make a huge difference. Our office is here to help you through the process! Check out the tips below:

  • Have a positive attitude. Approach your job search with a positive frame of mind and realistic expectations of the time and effort you will have to exert. It can be a daunting task and as time goes on you can become discouraged. Know that you can do this! Enlist your support system to help keep your spirits high.
  • Be prepared. Have your resume and CV ready. Continually work on your in-person and online networks. Have an updated online presence on LinkedIn. Have your references ready. Your networks can play key roles in connecting you with job opportunities.
  • Polish your social media presence. Employers do search their candidates. Make sure what they find is professional and does not damage your chances of being hired.
  • Rephrase and Reorganize. Remember that your online profiles and resume are not set in stone. Don’t be afraid to rewrite and improve these profiles and documents over time.
  • Use job search engines. You can use job search engines like the ones listed below to help you narrow, broaden, and filter an efficient search.
  • Know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Know your preferred employment settings. Know what you absolutely do not want to do. And know where you are flexible. Being honest with yourself will help keep you from working on applications that would not be the best use of your time.
  • Make the hiring manager’s job easy. Apply for positions for which you are a good candidate and an obvious fit. Make it easy for employers to look at your application and know you would be an asset to their team.
  • Have a system. Be disciplined in your approach to applying for jobs while simultaneously being realistic about your goals and expectations. Apply to X number of jobs per day. Only look in areas in which you would want to live. Know if you would be comfortable with the travel time to the job.
  • Timing is important. Know that the application process is not technically first-come-first-serve, but at some point the hiring committee will stop accepting applications. Apply to posts sooner, rather than later.
  • Know the job description. Employers spend a lot of time creating the perfect descriptions for the positions they are looking to fill. Pay attention to the details and the language they use. They are telling you exactly what they are looking for, listen. Then, use similar phrasing to prove you match. This is particularly helpful for writing your cover letter.
  • Do your research. Know the company/organization for which you are applying. Try to look up the people you will work for and with. If you notice things to which you can specifically contribute and/or improve, make note of them. This will help in your interviews.
  • Be yourself. From the application materials to the interview, the hiring committee wants to know if you are a good fit for both the duties of the position and the culture of the office.
  • Be proactive. Show your interest in the company by using your network, asking questions, sending follow up emails, and being thoroughly involved in the process.
  • Show sincerity, respect, and gratitude. Approach the whole application process with the mindset that “they need you as much as you need them.” Understand that the process of hiring is difficult on the other side as well. Make sure to send thank you notes, physically or via email. Employers will genuinely appreciate your thoughtfulness and it will reflect well on your application.
  • Get help. If you feel stuck, have questions, or just want to chat about the process, we are here to help you with the process.


Adapted from: 



Resume_CV_GuideResume & CV Guide

Cover Letter GuideCover Letter Guide

Interview guideInterviewing Guide

Networking_Professionalism_GuideProfessionalism & Networking Guide

Salary Negotiation guideSalary Negotiation Guide


Guides by Major 

Final__Biostatistics Guide_08-2018_Page_1Biostatistics

Final__EOHS Guide_08-2018_Page_1Environmental & Occupational Health

Final__Epidemiology Guide_08-2018_Page_1Epidemiology

Final__HPBS Guide_08-2018_Page_1Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

Final__MPACH Guide_08-2018_Page_1Management, Policy & Community Health


Career Development Presentations

Helpful Links

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Career Development Workshops

The following videos were developed as part of a series of career development workshops conducted for students. The four videos enable students to identify their professional strengths and explore different career tools that they can use to enhance their job seeking efforts.

Each video has a link to the presentation handout that students can use to print and refer to whenever necessary. Any additional worksheets that were used during the presentation have also been linked below for reference. In case of any questions regarding the information or issues downloading the material, please email

Exploration: Self Assessment & Researching Opportunities 

Presentation Handout (no recording)


  1. Values Inventory
  2. Interests Inventory
  3. Skills Inventory
  4. Achievements Inventory
  5. Industry Occupation & Employer Search

Career Tools: Resume, Cover Letter, References and Networking Cards 

Presentation Handout (no recording) 

Networking: Building Relationships & Managing an Online Presence 

Presentation Handout (no recording)

Interviews & Job Offers: Before, During & After

Presentation Handout (no recording)


Our office aims to be a resource for practical advice as you progress through your academic and professional career. We offer the following services to current students and alumni at all campuses either in person, by phone or via video conferencing.   

Individual Appointments

 We offer 30 minute appointments and can assist with the following:

  • CV, resume, and cover letter review (you can email these to us, too!)
  • Interview preparedness
  • Job search tips
  • Networking strategies
Students can schedule their own appointments online.  However, we are utilizing the Writing Support Services' scheduler so please read the following instructions carefully. 
  • If you do not already have an account, you must register for one here. Please note that the registration form will have questions for both Writing Support Services and Career Services. 
  • If you already have an account, you may proceed to make an appointment.  When you log-in, the default is the Writing Support Services calendar, make sure you use the drop-down menu to view the available appointments for Career Services.

If you have questions or encounter glitches, please contact us by emailing 

Workshops and Presentations

We are currently assessing the best approach for conducting workshops and delivering presentations.  Check back again and look on our "events" tab for updates.  If you have questions, please email us at

Online Job Board

Job-Ops is an online system that allows students and alumni to search for jobs, fellowships, internships, and other public health-related opportunities. In addition, students and alumni can upload multiple resumes, cover letters, reference letters, and send online resume referrals to employers. Click here to access Job-Ops.

Important: The current online job board “Job-Ops” (aka GradLeaders) will be retired on August 31, 2018.  Handshake, a comprehensive career services platform connecting students to employers and opportunities, will take its place early this fall.

The job postings available through Job-Ops are for the convenience of students and alumni. UTHealth has not vetted and does not endorse or recommend any employer, and a job posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by UTHealth. UTHealth explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job postings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. UTHealth is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of an employment relationship with an employer other than opportunities specifically with UTHealth. It is the responsibility of the student or alumni to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting employment through Job-Ops. Students and alumni assume all risk associated with their dealings with employers and as a result, students and alumni should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

Check back for updates soon!