Category Archives: Tips for College Students

Health Professionals

Questions Answered: What is the difference between environmental health, health care administration and health information management?

Health ProfessionalsQuestion: Can you explain to me what is difference between environmental health, health care administration, and health information management? Also the salary they make each year and which is the best degree are hire more? ~ Laura P.

Answer: Thank you for your follow-up question to our “What is the Difference Between Healthcare Management and Healthcare Administration?” post.  Here is some information about each of the occupations you asked about. You will want to do some additional research on each of these career fields as there are a number of occupational paths that can be followed in each. You will also want to make sure that your interests, skills and other personal attributes align with the path you eventually choose. (Check out our Getting to Know You series which explores various aspects of self-assessment, an important, but often neglected step of career decision making.)

Environmental Health

According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, environmental health professionals work to improve public health by identifying, tracking and addressing environmental risk factors.  Most environmental health professionals specialize in a particular area, such as: Reducing air, water, soil, noise or radiation pollution; protecting our food supply; improving safety in schools, public areas and the workplace; ensuring safe living conditions in housing; promoting public health with a focus on environmental hazards.   Jobs are available in government health agencies at the local, state and national levels, private industry, academic institutions, and international health agencies.
Salaries can range quite a lot, depending on the type of work that you would be doing, your educational background, credential and experience level: $44,550 – $143,700 (source)
Education options will tend to be found in the schools of Public Health within a university. For more information, see the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH). (more…)

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Money

Salary Talk During the Job Interview – What is the best way to respond?

MoneyGuest Author: Carole Martin
Website: http://www.interviewcoach.com

Even though you may have gone through a phone screening that involved answering questions about salary, the subject may come again as the interviewer becomes more interested in hiring you. At this point the interviewer wants to know whether they can “afford you.” This is a very tricky part of the interview and could even break your chances of getting the job. Tread lightly and protect your information is the rule.

Here are some sample questions and answers to assist you in formulating your own answers to questions about salary during the interview. Some of the answers are stronger than others and some will fit certain situations better than others. You will want to use your own words to answer this type of question however these examples will provide words to use that may be more affective in answering these difficult questions.

Q. “What are Your Salary Expectations?”

A#1 – “I was making $60,000 at my last job, plus bonuses. I would be expecting at least that and a 15-20% increase.:
(This is not a good answer)

A#2 – “I’m sure whatever you offer will be a fair amount for a person with my qualifications. Salary is not the most important factor to me. I’m looking for opportunity.”
(This is a somewhat weak answer)

A#3 – “I really need more information about the job before we start to discuss salary. I’d like to postpone that discussion until later. Maybe you could tell me what is budgeted for the position, and how your commission structure works.”
(This is the best answer)
(more…)

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Put on your underwear!

Quick Tip: Put on your underwear!

Yes, I really am being serious. As the weather begins to warm up, people have a tendency to start wearing fewer clothing items. It might be stylish and perhaps more comfortable to go commando and/or bra-less when lounging around home or with friends, but when you’re networking, interviewing, or going to work, remember to put on your under garments, and […]

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Use a non-college email address

Quick Tip: Stop using your .edu email address

By senior year, if you haven’t already done so, you should stop using your .edu email address on application materials. Some universities deactivate your email accounts shortly after graduation. Moreover, you want employers to become accustomed to contacting you at your non-college address and thinking of you as a new professional, not a college student. Of course, be sure the email […]

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