Students Meet Alumni and Develop Resumes, Cover Letters, and Linkedin Profiles at Career Event

On Thursday, MPA students learned the essentials of a strong resume, cover letter, and Linkedin profile and received career advice from alumni working in diverse fields of public service. 

The three-hour event was the culmination of the MPA Program’s fall 2019 career services, which included a four-part seminar that guided students as they reflected on their values, identified their strengths, and explored social impact careers.  

The event opened with a hands-on workshop focused on developing solid career documents. Students learned to write compelling, concise content for their resumes, cover letters, and Linkedin profiles. They also learned to use a simple, consistent format that emphasizes their main message. In pairs, students proofread and gave feedback on each other’s work. 

Following the workshop, nine alumni met with students in small breakout groups organized by job sector. Students rotated through the groups and heard the alumni speak about their professional experiences. Alumni offered advice and answered students’ questions about the most important skills, the most common challenges, and the most effective pathways into their area of work.  

The alumni represented MPA cohorts from 2010 – 2018 and came from variety of public service roles, including the nonprofit sector, higher education, the private sector, and the federal, state, and local government.

The MPA Program is committed to growing a network of faculty and alumni in public service who can help current students fulfill their career goals. 

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