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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:
https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2016-01-27/5-tips-for-a-more-successful-online-job-search
https://www.themuse.com/advice/6-job-search-tips-that-are-so-basic-people-forget-them
https://www.thebalance.com/top-job-search-tips-2058621 

 

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 SPHCareerServices@uth.tmc.edu.

Exploration: Self Assessment & Researching Opportunities 

Presentation Handout (no recording)

Worksheets 

  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)

Services

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.  

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Online Job Board

In fall 2018, the UTHealth School of Public Health partnered with Handshake - a modern career development platform - to replace our previous Job-Ops system and be your one-stop-shop for launching your career.   

Claim your account using your UTHealth credentials (i.e. MyUTH Username and Password). We encourage you to complete your profile as much as possible.

When you first log-in, You will be required to answer questions which Handshake uses to create a list of recommended jobs from all of our posted jobs under the "For You" tab at the top. If you wish to search through all of the posted jobs, go to the "Jobs" tab at the top. Please note that Handshake connects you to jobs and employers across the country, we will continuously be growing our network of employers.

Individual Appointments

Please note that individual appointments are currently unavailable due to staff changes.  However, students can make appointments for resume, CV, and/or cover letter review with the UTHealth School of Public Health Writing Support Services by following the instructions here.  

Our website offers various tips, guides, videos, and resources for a successful job search!

If you have questions, please contact us by emailing SPHCareerServices@uth.tmc.edu. 

Workshops and Presentations

Workshops are conducted throughout the year for special events (e.g. National Public Health Week) or upon request.  Check back again and look on our "events" tab for updates.  If you have questions, please email us at SPHCareerServices@uth.tmc.edu.


Disclaimer: 
The job postings available through our online platform 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 our online platform. 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.

Professional Development

Professional development is an ongoing process that allows individuals to acquire and develop new skills and abilities. Most people think of professional development in the context of their jobs. However, a variety of activities can help you build up your skills, experience, and resume.  Participating in school activities, and volunteering are among the most recognized ways to expand your experience. Always be thoughtful about your activities and consider how they help you gain valuable skills. 

Extra tip: Consider the top 10 qualities and skills sought after by Public Health employers: communication skills (verbal and written), strong work ethic, teamwork skills, initiative, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, analytical skills, flexibility/adaptability, computer skills, technical skills. (source: https://mphprogramslist.com/10-qualities-and-skills-public-health-employers-want-from-you/)

Below are a few suggestions to get your started, but be sure to research your own opportunities as well.

Current Opportunities

  • We will post current opportunities as they become available. Please check back for updates!

Ongoing Opportunities   

  • Professional Associations: There are many professional associations that offer student memberships at discounted rates. The associations typically have opportunities for participating in research activities (e.g. poster, conference presentation, abstract). Furthermore, they are a wonderful way to network and get to know professionals in the field. You may find out more about the main public health professional associations here and in the "guides by major" available here.
  • UTHealth School of Public Health Activities: The school regularly offers students professional development opportunities to help you gain skills such as communication, presentation, research, etc. Current ones are advertised on the main website, in the student newsletter and in the above section if applicable. Be on the look out!
  • Leveraging Class Assignments: Beyond the formal practicum, many classes provide opportunities to conduct research for your assignments outside of the school. It is also usually easier to get access to busy professionals when you mention that you'd like to talk to them in the context of a school project. Although it might be tempting to take shortcuts and do your research within the school or within your existing network, we encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone.
  • Internal Research Projects: This last suggestion is applicable on a case-by-case basis. Most of our faculty are involved in ongoing research projects and might be willing to take on volunteers to help. You can speak with your Department or Campus Coordinator to find out if they know of any faculty who have previously taken volunteers or you may approach faculty directly. Either way, this is a wonderful way to develop skills and relationships at the school.   
  • Houston Organizations: Ms Sarah Ward, MPH is the Executive Director at Doctors For Change and a UTSPH alumnae. Please email her at director@doctorsforchange.org for any ongoing public health opportunities. 

Check back for updates! 

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