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									      “Tell Me,
Why Should I Hire You?”
    How to Bridge Your Résumé
        Into the Interview

                       Valerie N. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.A.
              Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, College of Medicine
  Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Interdisciplinary Programs
                  University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

                       Thursday, November 16, 2006
                    12:00-1:00 p.m., College of Public Health
Before starting your resume
ask two questions:

1. What am I looking for in a

2. What is my potential employer
   looking for in a new hire?
           How Will They Know
You are the Perfect Candidate…

  “Ideally, your résumé should be
pointed toward conveying why you
are the perfect candidate for one
   specific job or job title. Good
advertising is directed toward a very
     specific target audience.”

               Source: Rockport Institute
     What are they looking for as
    desired attributes & behaviors?

   Initiative            Flexibility
   Organization          Stress tolerance
   Problem-solving       Motivation
   Teamwork              Leadership
   Customer service      Planning
   Dependability         Communication
                Résumé Types
   Chronological -Organized by timeline in
    reverse chronological order (current to past)

   Functional -Organized by job function and
    associated knowledge & skills

   Combination -Combines chronological and
    functional information

              Which type is your current résumé?
  Sample Resume

     MS Works
Resume – Traditional
  Sample Resume

     MS Works
Resume – Traditional
                  Résumé Format
   Contact information                  Honors & Awards
    • Including working                   (optional)
      phone number and e-                Hobbies (optional – be
      mail                                cautious)
   Objective                            Additional Skills
                                          • Could include language
    • A strong statement can                proficiency, community
      focus attention on your               service, professional
      “fit” for the position                affiliations
   Education
                                         A résumé is usually
                                          brief (1-2 pages)
   Experience

    State your accomplishments in quantitative or qualitative words!
          Curriculum Vita Format

    Contact information              Affiliations
    Education (critical)              • Memberships and
                                         leadership roles
    Licenses &
     Certifications (no               Publications
     numbers)                         Presentations
    Experience                       Other
      • Teaching                       • Language proficiency
      • Research                       • Special skills
      • Service                       A CV is typically lengthy
    Awards and Honors

    State your accomplishments in quantitative or qualitative words!
 Sample CV

 MS Works
Research shows
 that only one                     A good résumé is:
  interview is
  granted for                         Factual
   every 200                          Clearly organized
    résumés                           Well formatted
received by the                       Error free
    average                        AND GETS YOU
                                    an interview

    Source: Rockport Institute
Use Powerful Words…

 Ten to 20 seconds is
    all the time you
  have to persuade a
   employer to read
      Source: Rockport Institute
         Powerful Words…
   Achieved          Conceptualized
   Analyzed          Created
   Assessed          Decided
   Accelerated       Devised
   Answered          Designed
   Balanced          Explored
   Brainstormed      Earned
   Briefed           Eliminated
   Broadened         Increased
   Clarified         Implemented
   Collaborated      Invented
   Completed         Learned
   Conceived         Mobilized
                      Negotiated, etc….
Example – Opportunity to Use
    “Powerful Words”
Designed                 Education & Experience

 If you have data about the typical loss rate for study participants you
 can use more powerful words, such as: “Increased retention
 rate for study participants”
    Arriving: First Impressions
   Check your appearance

   Arrive early – on-time is not good enough

   Be prepared to shake hands with the

   Enunciate your name clearly

   Ask the interviewer for his/her card. Say
    his/her name correctly
       Conduct the Interview
   Sit comfortably and do not slouch

   Good impressions are made within the
    first 30 seconds to 5-minutes

    • Show enthusiasm (smile, make eye contact)

    • Show interest in the interviewer and

    • Bring extra copies of your résume,
      references, transcript
Reference Accomplishments on Your
Resume as a Bridge into the Interview

 • What will you talk about when asked,

  “Tell me why you’re the best
   candidate for this position?”
Remember the desired       From resume:
attributes & behaviors?
                             “Increased retention
   Initiative               rate for study
   Organization             participants”
   Problem-solving
   Teamwork
                           To interview:
   Customer service
   Dependability            What I learned from my
   Flexibility              work with the Youth
   Stress tolerance         Asset Study was the
   Motivation               importance of [POWER
   Leadership               WORD].
   Planning
   Communication Skills   Then elaborate on how you
                             could apply this skill on the
                             job if hired.
          Traditional, Group/Panel, & Serial Interview
                Interview Question Examples

   Tell me (us) a little about yourself.
   Describe your greatest strength and weakness.
   What has been your greatest accomplishment?
   Why did you choose your major in public health?
   Which courses did you find most difficult? Why?
   Would you rather be a team member or in charge
    of a project?
   What would you like to be doing five years from
   What have you learned from the jobs you have
    State your accomplishments in quantitative or qualitative words!
                    Remember the power words!
              During the Interview
   Listen carefully to the questions. Answer
    completely. Do not ramble.
    • Use STAR to focus your answers -- Situation,
      Task, Action, Result
   Be prepared to ask the interviewer 3-5
    questions about the position or the
   Do not discuss salary, benefits or vacation
    until or unless initiated by the interviewer
    • Research regional salaries in advance
    • Public Health Jobs.com: http://www.publichealthjobs.com/

   APHA: www.apha.org/career
   Public Health Jobs: www.Publichealthjobs.net
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