Career P.R.E.P. Program-Mandatory for MPH students beginning Fall 2016

Prepare | Reach | Emerge | Propel

The Career P.R.E.P. Program, a hallmark of the BU MPH, positions you with the techniques and professional confidence to effectively market yourself during the job search process and throughout your public health career. This MANDATORY program is taught by experienced career services professionals and will help you build your public health network of employers, alumni, and experts from the field. It is delivered in a cohort model to enhance the learning experience and help you build connections across the SPH community. To register, go to the B.U.S.P.H. registration page
Modules Include:

Session I: Self Assessment  ­

  • Introduction to Career P.R.E.P.
  • How self-assessment fits into the job search
  • How to develop and follow a job search timeline

Session II: Resume & Cover Letters  

  • Tailoring for targeted positions
  • Writing profiles, summaries and objectives
  • Creating results-driven bullets

Session III: LinkedIN Basics (Online)

  • Creating and/or strengthening your LinkedIn profile
  • Researching people and organizations
  • Inviting people into your network and asking for recommendations

Session IV: Networking   

  • Networking techniques including using social media
  • Conducting informational interviews
  • Creating your “30-second elevator pitch”
  • Asking for referrals when applying

Session V: Interview Strategies  

  • Reviewing strategies for different interview types:  phone screen, in-person, panel, behavioral, case
  • Discussing common interview questions
  • Developing answers for behavioral interviews

Session VI: Salary Negotiation   

  • Responding to salary questions from employers in screening interview
  • Reviewing items to negotiate
  • Preparing for the negotiation conversation