Career Development Resources

Rutgers SHP Student Affairs is committed to providing career development support to all SHP students and Alumni. Our office provides a range of career counseling services and resources meant to help you find a rewarding position as a healthcare professional. Please reach out to osa@shp.rutgers.edu for any career development support.

Rutgers School of Health Professions can provide far more than an education. As a student at Rutgers you should make it your goal to expand upon your professional network while completing your degree. Professors, clinical supervisors, co-workers at rotations, and classmates can all become part of your network. Building a strong professional network is the first important step in your job search.

Check out the tabs below to see how our staff can assist you with your networking skills.

Contact us if you would like to discuss how to make your online presence more professional. Our staff can assist you with developing a brand online that creates a positive first impression with prospective employers.

In order to make a positive first impression with someone in your field, it is important to have an elevator pitch prepared. Our staff can assist you with developing your own concise pitch meant to give other professionals a succinct understanding of your skills, interests, and goals.

The informational interview is a strategy you can use to make an important first impression on hiring managers, and learn about jobs that are not yet posted. Contact us if you would like to learn more about informational interviews and how you can arrange an information interview based on the specific position you are interested in.

LinkedIn can be a valuable networking tool. Our office can provide you with many different strategies to utilize on LinkedIn to make your profile more effective, to connect with those in your network, and to effectively market your brand to others.

An effective resume should highlight your strengths as a professional. Your most impressive skills, the scope of your knowledge, and the scope of your practice should be clear. Our office provides a variety of different services to help you build a resume that highlights your strengths.

Please send us an email if you would like a resume review. You should send a word document version of your resume to osa@shp.rutgers.edu. Our career services professionals will review your resume for content, format, and approach. We will send you feedback regarding the resume and request to meet to discuss the details related to your unique goals.

Our staff can provide large group presentations on resume writing. During the workshop we will discuss the parts of a resume, an effective approach to designing a resume, resume bias, and how to highlight your strengths on your resume.

An effective cover letter should be concise. We recommend using the following template which explains how to write an effective cover letter in a three paragraph format.

Cover Letter Template

Our office can help you develop your interview skills so that you can successfully communicate your strengths to a hiring manager. Our staff can teach students and alumni how to effectively prepare for an interview, how to manage stress and anxiety related to interviews, and how to practice responses that can be applied to a variety of interview questions.

Contact our office if you would like to schedule a mock interview. A mock interview is a practice interview customized based upon the job you are interested in. Our staff will interview you and provide you with feedback afterwards to help you improve your skills.

Our staff can provide large group presentations on interviewing skills. During these workshops you will learn how to prepare for both an in-person interview and a remote interview. We will discuss the three types of questions that could be asked during an interview and how to prepare responses that satisfy each type. We will also discuss how to manage anxiety and stress related to interviewing as well as some strategies you can use to make an interview more like a conversation. Our staff can provide large group presentations on interviewing skills. During these workshops you will learn how to prepare for both an in-person interview and a remote interview. We will discuss the three types of questions that could be asked during an interview and how to prepare responses that satisfy each type. We will also discuss how to manage anxiety and stress related to interviewing as well as some strategies you can use to make an interview more like a conversation.

Contact our office if you would like one on one interviewing skills assistance. Our staff can teach you advanced interviewing and communication skills that will help you take control of the interview and leave a lasting impression on hiring managers.

Rutgers School of Health Professions students are not eligible for all of the University Career Services resources. However, there are some online resources that are available to SHP students and alumni. Please see the links below for these specific online resources.

  • JobScan is a great resume writing resource with information about resumes and tools to help you optimize the keywords on your resume to match it to job descriptions.
  • After College