How to Be Evidence-Informed in Your Public Health Job Hunt

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As a new entrant into the public health labor market, you might wonder how to distinguish yourself and land that dream job. Being evidence-informed can give you an edge in this competitive arena. Inspired by a recent study, here’s how you can make data-driven decisions during your job hunt. Read the full article here.

1. Understand the Market’s Demands:

Before applying, research the skills most in demand in public health. For instance, the study found three key skills were listed in 75% or more job postings:

  • Communication & Campaigns
  • Education & Promotion
  • Cultural Competency

Focus on these skills in your applications and interviews.

2. Embrace the Multidisciplinary Nature of Public Health:

The public health sector offers a plethora of job titles. Being flexible and open to a range of roles can increase your chances of finding a position that suits your skills and interests.

3. Highlight Your Strategic Skills:

While specialized skills are crucial, the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development emphasizes strategic skills like:

  • Persuasive Communication
  • Data Analytics (which we, of course, love. This is one of the things we focus on more and more on at our sister organization, Dawn Chorus.
  • Diversity & Inclusion

Ensure your resume and cover letter spotlight these competencies.

4. Don’t Overlook Emerging Sectors:

Areas such as health informatics and climate-related public health are rapidly growing. If you’ve had training or interest in these areas, make sure potential employers know it.

5. Be Prepared for Governmental Roles:

A significant portion of job postings come from governmental employers. However, many new grads overlook these roles. Do your homework on these positions and consider them as viable options.

6. Continuous Learning:

The field of public health is ever-evolving. Regularly updating your knowledge and skills can make you a more attractive candidate. Look for courses or workshops that can enhance your profile.

7. Financial Skills Matter Too:

Though not always explicitly stated in job descriptions, skills in financial management and budgeting are invaluable. Consider getting certifications or taking courses in these areas.

Conclusion:

Entering the public health labor market can be daunting, but being evidence-informed can make all the difference. By understanding market demands, emphasizing both strategic and specialized skills, and committing to continuous learning, you’ll be well on your way to securing that dream public health job.

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