McMaster MSc ehealth Admissions Resume/CV

As part of your application, you are required to upload a resume/CV. A resume is a concise summary of your skills, work and volunteer experience used when you look for work, while a CV is a longer form of your academic history that includes publications, scholarships, and academic achievements.

If you are applying to the course-based ehealth program and plan to do the 8-month internship in the industry, you should upload a resume. Use the template that the ehealth program provides you and fill that in.

If you are applying to the thesis-based program and plan to do the 8-month internship in an academic research setting, you should upload a CV. You should use a CV template similar to what you would use to apply to research grants, not the resume template that the ehealth program provides.

What you should include on your resume

The resume is used to evaluate your skills and experience to see if you would be suitable to be hired by employers for internship. While you do not need direct ehealth experience, what’s needed is for you to demonstrate that you have the skills to fill an ehealth position as an intern.

Now, you may be wondering, what is an ehealth position? The ehealth career pathways page of this blog explains 8 different career pathways that an ehealth professional can take. The internship positions available in MSc ehealth program every year will fall into 1 of these 8 pathways with the job titles corresponding to “Entry Level” in the table.

Pick a career pathway that you feel your background and skills is most suited for and focus on skillset needed for this pathway on your resume. Imagine you’re applying to an internship position for this career pathway. List experiences that is relevant to this role and align your descriptions to match someone in that role would do.

Take the Project Management pathway for instance, the job title for an intern would be Project Coordinator. For the “Career Related Skills” section of your resume, you would want to list soft skills and technical skills related to Project Management. Soft skills you need could be organized, detail-oriented, etc. Technical skills you would need could be Microsoft Office, including Microsoft Project, etc. For the “Work Experience” section, you would list experiences where you coordinated or managed “projects,” like coordinating an event for a club, etc. Then your success metrics to list in your bullet points would be completing the club event on time and within budget.

Examples

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What you should include on your CV

For thesis-based applicants, you will want to highlight your academic merit and your ability to pursue in independent research, so it makes more sense to submit a CV with your application.

Your CV should reflect your area of academic expertise. You want the experiences you list on your CV to be consistent with the topic you selected for your Research Statement. You should not limit your CV to only 2 pages, rather it should be as long as necessary to cover all your academic experience, including conferences, speaking events, publications, grants, scholarships, awards, etc.

It would make sense to write your CV as if your target audience is a potential MSc ehealth thesis supervisor. It actually may very well be the case for supervisors who are currently accepting ehealth thesis students to be evaluating your CV for admissions.

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