The public health resume, CV and more, with Career Coach Alison McAlear

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Alison McAlear to talk all things CVs and resumes. These documents are tools we all need in our careers, whether it’s related to the public health field or not. Alison explains the differences and similarities between CVs and resumes and gives us some helpful tips on how to create successful documents specific to public health jobs.

Grab a pen and some paper and let’s learn together

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • What the differences and similarities between CVs and resumes are and when to use one vs. the other.
  • How CVs and resumes can vary at different stages of your career.
  • What the main sections of a resume typically.
  • How to choose and format which experiences you include, especially for students looking to bulk up their resumes and CVs.
  • The importance of tailoring a resume to a specific job and what this could look like.
  • What general formatting is recommended for students.
  • What specific things public health professionals should keep in mind when preparing their resumes and CVs.

Today’s Guest:

Alison McAlear is Assistant Director of Career Coaching and Education for the Office of Career and Professional Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Alison coaches alumni and students through career exploration and the job search process, and she develops educational programs to help her clients build professional competencies to support their individual career goals. Before coming to Harvard Chan, Alison worked in corporate recruiting and employee training and development, and spent over eight years dedicated to graduate program admissions and recruiting at Boston-area universities. She has a BA in English Literature from Smith College and a MS in Communications from Simmons University.

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PH SPOTlight: Public health career stories, inspiration, and guidance from current-day public health heroes

On the show, Sujani sits down with public health heroes of our time to share career stories, inspiration, and guidance for building public health careers. From time to time, she also has conversations with friends of public health – individuals who are not public health professionals, but their advice and guidance are equally important.

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