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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:

COVID-19 Career Resources

Join UNC’s Gillings School Career Services office for their “Don’t Quarantine Your Career: Log In & Learn” weekly career series to help recent graduates and alumni survive COVID-19 and come out victorious. We’ll be sharing expert advice, straight talk, alumni personal stories and ideas, along with practices and tools you can use today to elevate your mood, boost your resiliency and help you stay on track for your future career. Expert panels and career guidance each week include:

How to Become Your Own Career Coach | Thursday, June 4, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | View Recording
Are you feeling a bit lost pursuing your public health career right now? Are you unsure how to pivot or reboot in the wake of COVID-19? There is great career uncertainty right now and the best person to help you answer them…is YOU! You are your best career coach and now is a great time to learn how you take control by practicing personal coaching techniques in your own day-to-day work.

Using StrengthsFinder to Find Your Career Edge | Thursday, June 11, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Register via Handshake
One of the hardest parts of managing your career is knowing how to best identify your strengths and communicate your unique value without feeling like you are bragging. Research suggests that Individuals who focus on using their strengths are 3x more likely to report having an excellent quality of life and 6x more likely to be engaged in their jobs. Let’s take some time in this webinar learning how to explore working in your area of strength.

How to Create a Resume That Stands Out During a Recession | Thursday, June 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Register via Handshake
It is no secret that a recession is one of the toughest times to find employment. The good news is that job seeking during a recession does not mean you can’t be hired. Creating a recession-proof resume is one way you can get hired under the toughest of economic conditions. Join us in this webinar to learn all the insider secrets to creating a strong resume!

Managing Your Career & Stress In the Time of Coronavirus (Alumni Panel) | Thursday, June 25, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Register via Handshake
Oh boy, things have changed. We are all experiencing new levels of uncertainty. This will inevitably affect many organization’s bottom lines, which in turn, will impact the workforce. If you are in the midst of a job search, you may be feeling some extra anxiety around this – especially if you have a sense of urgency to get a new job right now. Join Gillings School alumni and Gillings Career Services to discuss what you can do.

BUILD YOUR DIGITAL BRAND: How to Make Your LinkedIn Profile a Recruiter Magnet (Part I) | Thursday, July 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Register via Handshake
Coronavirus is not the time to slack off. Even though you might be tempted to curl into a ball and retreat into Netflix on your couch, it’s super important that you are “out there” working hard in cyberspace to build and promote your brand. Join us in this webinar to learn how to create a LinkedIn page that is sure to attract the right recruiters.

BUILD YOUR DIGITAL BRAND: How to Build a Curated Network with LinkedIn (Part II) | Thursday, July 9, 1 – 2:30 p.m. 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.

BUILD YOUR DIGITAL BRAND: Unleashing the Power of LinkedIn (Part III) | Thursday, July 16, 1 – 2:30 p.m. 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.

How to Navigate Change in Your Career (Alumni Panel) | Thursday, July 23, 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Register via Handshake
Every career has transitions. Some are chosen, some are thrust upon you. Some are due to external circumstances, some result from a shift within yourself. Regardless of the type of change, every change allows for the opportunity to come out the other side in a better position than you were before. This webinar will make the case that change is always occurring and to be successful you must constantly be managing it. Join Gillings School alumni and Gillings Career Services to discuss what you can do.

If you are a Gillings alumni and are interested in logging in to this series, please email cgmason@email.unc.edu.

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: