The second session of the SPH Career Kickstart series focused on application materials and follow-up correspondence, and boy, was it eye opening. Plain and simple, I had no idea how terrible my resume was! We learned the basic components of a good resume and cover letter as well as paying attention to small details that set a resume apart from the slew of other applications it will be competing with.
Here are a few key takeaways from this crash course in application materials:
1) Tailor both your resume and cover letter to each company you apply for
2) Shift the focus slightly away from you and highlight how the company will benefit from your skill set and experiences instead of how you will benefit from being part of the company
3) Create a master resume in which you go into as much detail as you want about your professional history. This will make writing individual resumes for specific companies much easier; simply pick the most pertinent points from the master, format it with the company in mind, and voilà!
I am so glad that I attended this workshop. It helped me pinpoint where my resume needs improvement before handing it to employers and giving the wrong impression. I plan to completely re-vamp my materials and schedule a meeting with either Susan Simmons or Sarah Meyers to ensure that my resume is one to be proud of. I encourage you to do the same.
The third Career Kickstart workshop will tackle personal branding via online media. Bring your laptops and join us on October 15th from 6-8pm in SPH 125. And don’t forget that attending four of the five workshops will make you eligible for an exclusive networking event tailored to you and your career goals.
“Sean MacLennan is a junior in the fitness specialist degree program with a minor in nutrition. She is the event and social media correspondent for IU Kinesiology Club, a UTA for the P215 physiology labs, and a monitor at the Briscoe Fitness and Wellness Center. She hopes to one day own her own wellness center to help people live full, happy, and healthy lives.”
IUSPH Career Services
Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:
•resume and cover letter preparation
•graduate school preparation