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Edit with Confidence: Sharing Resume Tips with Next Generation Global Health Leaders

August 04, 2017 | Stephanie Gregory, GHFP-II Communications and Outreach Assistant | This announcement first appeared on the Global Health Fellows Program II website.

PHI's Global Health Fellows Program II (GHFP-II) works to develop the next generation of diverse and technically excellent global health professionals. In this post, GHFP-II Communications and Outreach Assistant Stephanie Gregory reflects on her experiences meeting with undergraduate students from Stanford University looking to build their global health resumes and shares tips.

(Left to Right) Andrea, Peace, Sofia, and Becky, current students from Stanford University, practice reviewing resumes with help from Maribel Sierra (Middle, GHFP-II)

As the Communications and Outreach Assistant for the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, I participate in many outreach events and one-on-one informational interviews where I discuss the GHFP II and provide insight about the opportunities and challenges of working in the global health field. However, my favorite activity by far is sharing information and resources for career development. Last week, I had the chance to do just that as my colleague, Maribel Sierra, and I met with undergraduate students from Stanford University. The students are currently interns with programs connected to Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, a leading center in Stanford’s School of Medicine that strives to enable collaborative programs in global health by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic, and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation of global health leaders. As they spend the summer gaining valuable hands on experience and exploring potential career paths in medicine and global health, the information session was a natural complement to their work.

I was particularly excited to share our tools and resources regarding resumes, and how the students could leverage those resources to increase the impact of the finished product. Often the first document many recruiters see, resumes hold great power in determining whether an applicant moves on to the coveted interview phase. When crafted correctly, resumes are an excellent tool for highlighting your best qualities and delivering a concise summary of your professional life that speaks directly to what recruiters want. However, what and how you present information on a resume can also be a deal breaker, possibly preventing you from an opportunity to show off your job qualifications in person. As an early career professional, I have dealt with this duality many times, and I was eager to save others the stress.

During the session, a question came up from interns Andrea and Peace about whether or not to include experience or leadership roles they held in high school. For professionals at any level, there can be hesitation about which past experiences and qualifications to include in their resume. Through GHFP-II’s career resources, I have learned that following the rule of relevancy can alleviate some of this pressure. Honestly ask yourself, “Is this experience relevant to the position I’m applying to?” and “Are the skills I learned in this role useful for the new role?” Including only the qualifications that meet this criteria is the best way to feature top qualities and stand out to recruiters. For the interns, we decided that while they are establishing their roles and experiences in their college career, including only the high school accomplishments that are significant and transferable to their next roles was a good step. We also advised them to include experiences that highlights their technical knowledge and valuable competencies, like flexibility or cultural awareness, that are highly sought after by employers, but not always formally taught in school.

This was just one of the resume tips we discussed, and GHFP-II offers even more guidance during outreach and on the program website. Providing these resources is one of many ways that GHFP-II works to develop the next generation of diverse and technically excellent global health professionals, and working here has strengthened my ability to not only revise my resume with confidence, but has also given me many chances to share this information with others. In the next stages of their educational and professional lives, I hope the Stanford interns continue to excel and use these resources in showcasing their best selves.

Looking for more ways to improve your resume? You can also sign up today for an Informational Interview as an opportunity to speak one-on-one with a trained professional to review your resume and get personalized advice to advance in your career goals.

Stephanie Gregory is a Communications and Outreach Assistant with Global Health Fellows Program II, a program of the Public Health Institute.