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SPH Writing Support Services: Getting Started: Career Writing

Getting started with SPH Writing Support Services

UTHealth School of Public Health Career Services

The UTHealth School of Public Health Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services is available "to assist [current students and alumni] in successfully connecting and building long-term relationships with employers." To this end, it provides practical resources (e.g., links to public health resources, links to job opportunities) and offers multiple services (e.g., interview preparedness; CV, resume, and cover letter review; job search tips and assistance) both in-person and via video conferencing.

The Office of Public Health Practice and Career Services is located in the Houston campus (RAS E-201), but it serves current students and alumni at all campuses. To take advantage of these helpful resources and services, visit the Career Services Web site and/or schedule an appointment with Career Services via e-mail (

(De)constructing the CV

Lionel Santibáñez of Writing Support Services has developed a presentation on preparing CVs that is based on the UTHealth School of Public Health Faculty Guidelines for Tenure and Promotion. Because there are institutional preferences for CVs, some of the information presented may not apply or may apply differently at other academic institutions. However, the general principles for preparing CVs are applicable everywhere.

A PDF version of this presentation, "(De)constructing the CV," is provided below:

Resumes & Cover Letters

These resources are designed to help you succeed in public health beyond graduate school:

PDF versions of especially helpful guides, with plenty of samples, are provided below:

"What is an Elevator Pitch?" Tutorial

YouTube description: "A short tutorial on how to transition your research topic into an elevator pitch. Adapted from The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. Produced by Felicia Chavez. Draft 8-27-15."

Personal Statements

1. The Penn State Graduate Writing Center has developed several resources related to writing personal statements for applications.

PDF and PPT versions of relevant workshops are included below:

2. The Career and Professional Development Center at Carnegie Mellon University has developed several useful resources related to personal statements:

3. Purdue OWL offers a resource focused specifically on personal statement writing, "Writing the Personal Statement," which provides examples of effective personal statements, advice from admissions staff, and the top-10 rules and top-10 pitfalls.

In the following vidcast, Purdue OWL discusses how to create personal statements for academic purposes (i.e., school admissions and scholarships).