Resumes, CVs, and Cover Letters
Resumes and CVs
The purpose of your resume or CV (Curriculum Vitae) is to obtain an interview, but it’s a good idea to update your resume or CV every six months or whenever you complete an experience.
What is the difference between a resume and a CV?
- A CV is typically longer in length and is needed when applying for positions in medicine, academia, or a scientific profession.
- A resume is typically one or two pages in length and is used to apply for all other types of positions.
- Most MPH students will need a resume for their careers.
- A CV is common for Ph.D. students, professors, and medical doctors. A CV includes a list of publications and presentations.
To get started creating or updating your resume, view these resources:
MPH Resume Guide
Sample One Page Resume
Sample Two Page Resume
For more help or to determine if you should use a resume or CV, review these slides from the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education presentation titled Job Search Documents for Professional Scientists.
Ph.D. students interested in faculty positions should review the University of Miami Graduate School Preparing Future Faculty Guide.
Sometimes you will need to submit a cover letter with your resume or CV. A cover tells an employer what position you are applying for, why you are interested in the position and the organization, and what relevant skills, experience, and education you can bring to the position.
Tips for writing a strong cover letter:
- Follow standard business letter format. Align everything to the left, do not indent, set the format to single space, and double space between paragraphs.
- Address your letter to a specific person (Mr., Ms., or Dr.). Review the organization’s website to find out who the supervisor of the position is and address the letter to him or her.
- Write a new cover letter for each position you apply to. Avoid sending the same letter to multiple employers.
- Look at the job description of the position. Highlight required qualifications listed and the job duties. In the second paragraph of your cover letter, highlight the skills you possess that the employer wants.
- The cover letter should provide new content that is not as easily available on your resume or CV. The cover letter is an opportunity to tell the employer why you want to work at their organization and why you are a good fit for the position.
Cover Letter ResourcesCover Letter Format
Sample Cover Letter
Dear Hiring Manager,
In May 2016 I will graduate from the Yale University School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health degree and a concentration in Health Policy. I am applying for an Associate position at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), with a preference for the New York office. My training in analytics, leadership skills, and experiences in collaborating with senior leaders in a consulting role at HealthPro Consulting provide me with a foundation for blending well into BCG’s case teams. I first learned of The Boston Consulting Group when I heard Boston office director Meg Brandt’s inspirational talk at the Harvard Healthcare Conference in January 2013.
This past summer I worked in the Health and Productivity practice at HealthPro Consulting where I gained essential analytic, strategy, and process-thinking skills. One highlight of my experience was to review over one hundred medical records for employees under medical management at a large hospital based client, and derive potential trends that the client could use in their program design strategy. I produced analytics to support my initial findings that there were significant gaps in management for multiple costly and preventable disease states. I presented my results to our company chairman and worked directly with him to develop program design strategies that our client will implement. Since it is a relatively new practice, I also championed an internal project that documented and streamlined all processes involved in a new client engagement. This project required me to work closely with key actors at each stage of the project lifecycle, allowing me to document and analyze their processes. This document is now used in new employee training and as a practice reference guide for all new engagements.
My interdisciplinary academic background has provided me with a broad set of skills that are extremely applicable to consulting. Through graduate coursework in health economics and management including Cost Effectiveness &Decision Making, Global Health Economics and Negotiations, I havegained insightful perspectives on solving difficult health care questions.
The Boston Consulting Group has stood out to me because of its strong sense of a team culture and wonderful opportunities it provides for personal growth and development. I believe that my education and experience will enable me to make significant contributions not only to BCG , but more importantly, to the clients you serve. Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you.
Clifford P. Angel