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Gillings School Career Services

Preparing leaders for career success

When it comes to competing for professional opportunities, engaging with the Gillings Career Services office ensures that you are among the best-prepared candidates in the marketplace. Preparation is critical to career success. We begin working with students so they'll be ready for the challenges of a diverse, global workplace. It means having the abilities that give you a competitive edge – and helping you achieve results is a cornerstone of our mission. Some of the services that we provide are career decision-making and assessments; resume/CV and cover letter critiques; interviewing preparation; salary negotiation; networking and job searching resources.

To learn more about how to engage with our office, please check out our various options:

Upcoming Career Events for Spring 2021

Welcome to a brand-new year of amazing professional development programming. Due to COVID-19, please note that all professional development workshops are virtual and need to be signed-up for on Handshake. Signing up on Handshake is mandatory in order to receive all handouts and recordings from the virtual session(s). Can’t make it to the session(s) but would love to get the material? Register anyway and we’ll send you the recording and materials!

All virtual sessions will be presented by Camille G. Mason who is the career services specialist for Gillings School of Global Public Health. She can be reached at cgmason@email.unc.edu if you have any further questions.


Public Health Job Search Tips & Tricks | Thursday, February 4 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to launch an effective job search. You will learn about many valuable resources, including databases, and downloadable information available on Handshake & ReferenceUSA site. We will examine networking as an important strategy and discuss how to do it in a way that will work for you. You will gain a competitive advantage by mastering these job search basics.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Learn how to access unadvertised jobs by targeting your search
  • How to refine your job search goals
  • How to identify the companies you want to work for
  • How to focus your job search efforts

Public Health Résumé Tips & Tricks | Thursday, February 18 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Are you ready to take your public health career to the next level and get your dream practicum? At this workshop, you will increase your understanding of how your public health résumé are used in the job search process and make sure they target your career goals. This résumé workshop provides detailed explanations, as well as step-by-step processes, for creating an effective résumé.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Identify the different parts of a resume and its purpose.
  • Learn about resume rules and how they affect the development of a resume.
  • Learn how to handle special skills and references on a resume.
  • Learn how to put the finishing touches on a resume with proper formatting and proofreading.

Quickly Craft a Cover Letter That Makes a Difference | Thursday, March 4 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Market yourself and gain an edge in today’s job market by learning how to write an effective resume and cover letter. We will discuss components of a resume, potential ways to improve your resume and cover letter; go over proper formatting of resumes; determining what content to include and what to leave out; writing effective accomplishment statements; and cover letters format.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Learn elements of an exceptional cover letter
  • Learn how to craft a killer lead within your cover letter
  • Learn how to provide direct evidence for why your skills align with a position

How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile a Recruiter Magnet (Part I) | Thursday, March 18 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Learn the value of LinkedIn as an online networking tool and the basics of building a professional profile that represents your online brand. Please be sure to create a LinkedIn account before the workshop so you have a starting point when you attend the workshop. Join us in this webinar to learn how to create a LinkedIn page that is sure to attract the right recruiters.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Create an inviting profile that effectively markets you and your UVP by creating a keyword-rich LinkedIn profile to pique the interest of recruiters
  • Choose proper job-specific keywords and place them effectively to show up in searches
  • Showcase your expertise by using graphics to make your page come to life.

How to Build a Curated Network with LinkedIn (Part II) | Thursday, April 8 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Now that you are on LinkedIn, do you know what to do next? Curating your network is the natural first start but how do you REALLY find the right people? Join us in this webinar to learn how to curate a network that can get you to your next career goal or navigate your career pivot.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to create a “connection strategy” to ensure you are connecting with the right people
  • How to engage your network while finding new people to reach out to
  • How to connect with public health recruiters in your target industry

Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn (Part III) | Thursday, April 15 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
There are more than 650 million active users on LinkedIn with an average of two users signing up per second. LinkedIn offers a network of professionals that you can tap into for information and insights. But do you know how to engage your network? Learn how to leverage this incredible power by learning how to remain an active member of the community. Join us in this webinar to learn how to engage your network, continue to add additional target contacts and develop a career engagement plan.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • Manage your profile and account settings
  • Leverage endorsements, recommendations, status updates, and group memberships
  • Creating a “LinkedIn Engagement Plan” that helps you keep your SEO strong

Salary Negotiation for Public Health Professionals | Thursday, April 22 | 5:00 – 6:15 PM EST | Register via Handshake
Join us to learn an extremely important life skill: salary and benefits negotiation. Whether you’re preparing for an upcoming interview, asking for a pay raise, or renegotiating a current contract, knowing how to effectively negotiate compensation is necessary for any and every profession.
IN THIS WEBINAR, YOU’LL LEARN:

  • How to identify and articulate their personal value.
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive response and other negotiation strategies.
  • How do conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits.
  • About the wage gap including its long-term consequences and other relevant factors.

FOR STUDENTS: How to Make an Appointment

Good job for taking the first step to learn more about your career options! I look forward to helping you achieve your career goals and more. The best way to connect with me is by making an appointment on Handshake. Please check out the directions below on how to navigate the Handshake system.

  1. Click the Handshake link and use your ONYEN and password credentials to log in to Handshake.
  2. Scroll to the upper options bar and click [Career Center]. Then click the option button [Appointments].
  3. Click the button [Schedule a New Appointment].
  4. Select the option “Public Health/Rosenau Hall – For Public Health Students” then choose the option “Gillings Career Appointment in Rosenau” [Please note that all appointments will be virtual due to COVID-19, until further notice]
  5. Under Appointment Medium, select either Video or Phone
  6. Select an available appointment time
  7. Provide the information on the purpose of the career meeting.

If you have any questions about your appointment, please don’t hesitate to email Camille G. Mason at cgmason@email.unc.edu. I look forward to working with you soon!

FOR ALUMNI: How to Make an Appointment

No matter where you are with your public health career or what stage you are in with your career, Gillings Career Services is here to support YOU! Whether you are exploring a new public health career, seeking a new public health opportunity, or looking to tap into the Gillings alumni network, Gillings School is committed to helping you achieve your professional goals.

Gillings alumni are encouraged to take advantage of our full range of career services, which begins with a 1-on-1 appointment with a career specialist. Schedule a one-on-one career advising appointment by visiting Calendly.

Recent graduates may schedule a 60-minute appointment, via telephone or virtually (Zoom). Individualized career services include career management advising; Resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile consultation; networking and job search strategies; mock interviews; negotiating job offers.

FOR EMPLOYERS: Posting Jobs & Recruiting

You have come to the right place to recruit top public health talent in the nation! Here at Gillings School, you will find a community of engaged students with experiences in solving some of the most challenging health problems to date. Our talented and diverse public health students are goal-oriented, well-rounded, globally-minded and ready to drive meaningful change in your organization from their first day on the job.

The Handshake portal enables employers to reach all current Gillings School students with job, fellowship and internship opportunities and maximize your recruitment efforts through various recruitment opportunities. There is no charge to post opportunities and gain access to our talent pool.

Interested in recruiting at Gillings School of Public Health? The Gillings Career Services office offers a variety of ways to connect:

  • Handshake – career portal for all University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students (including Gillings School students)
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • On-campus Interviewing
  • Opportunities to participate in career programming such as mock interviews or presenting on an industry topic in your field.

If you would like to further discuss your on-campus branding strategy, please don’t hesitate to contact Camille G. Mason at cgmason@emai.unc.edu.

About Our Career Team

Gillings Career Services office supports Gillings students and alumni in developing workplace competencies to thrive as public health professionals and social change agents in organizations and communities. To accomplish this mission, we deliver cutting-edge, global career resources and services, and promote experiential learning as an essential component of career management. Career Services is a part of the Office of Student Affairs department at Gillings School of Global Health. Please meet our esteemed career staff: