Question: I wasn’t entirely honest on my resume. I wrote down that I knew a particular technique but I don’t actually know it, I’ve just heard of it. Now I’m feeling guilty. What should I do? ~ Rojirah M., Baltimore, MD Answer: You have a few options after submitting a resume or application that has false or inaccurate information on […]
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Questions Answered: What is the difference between environmental health, health care administration and health information management?
Question: 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.)
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…)
Question: I’ve been an actress in adult films for the last five years. It has been my primary income while I’ve been in college. I’m about to graduate and I’ve been applying for entry level chemistry technician jobs. I am not ashamed of my work, but I’m not sure how to include this on my resume or if I even have to include it. But I don’t want it to look like I have no work experience. I put myself through school and was basically working a full time job while being a full time student. I don’t have the typical “campus” jobs to list on my resume either. What should I do? ~ Meira, Florida
Answer: This is an important question! The basic rule of thumb for writing a resume is to only include experience that is related and relevant to the positions to which you are now applying. Although the chronological resume format, (one that lists your related work experience in reverse chronological order), is most popular, it is not always the most effective for every job seeker. Especially for college students, recent college graduates, and people who are changing career fields, who have limited related work experience, a combination format resume, (which is based on skill set), may make the most sense – at least until you have that first related job under your belt.
Question: I’m a non-traditional college student. I work full time during the day, have a part time job and I’m taking college courses at night, or online, and during the weekends. I am also raising two school age kids. My school offers some networking events, but I’m usually at work or in class when they are happening. I know I’m supposed to network, but I can’t figure out a practical way to get to any networking events or to meet people in my field. At the moment, I don’t work in the field that I want to get into, so I kind of have to start from scratch. How am I supposed to networking with people? ~ Abira, Detroit, MI
Answer: Abira, first let me congratulate you on working so hard and managing so many important responsibilities at once. You’re right, networking is a vital part of an effect job search, but it is not feasible for every job seeker to attend every networking event. Here are some tips for fitting networking into your busy schedule.
Set up phone or Skype informational interviews:
- Meeting in person is not the only option when it comes to networking. Conducting informational interviews is an excellent way to gather valuable information about your field, a particular company, or an occupation. Moreover, info interviews give you a safe venue for introducing yourself to potential contacts. Fortunately, these don’t have to be done in person.
- Identify professionals in your future field and within your geographic region; a site like LinkedIn or a professional association are good places to start looking for possible contacts.
- Since your college career center offers networking opportunities, get in touch with their office and let them know that, while you would very much like to go to the events, your schedule does not allow for you to attend. Ask if they can share the contact information for the employers or alumni who will be participating in the on-campus networking events.
- The info interviews do not have to be particularly long, especially if you prepare specific questions in advance. 15 to 20 minutes could give you plenty of time to ask questions while also sharing some information about yourself, your career interests and goals.
- Try to schedule the info interviews over lunch, during breaks, in between classes, or on the weekends. (more…)