Dawn Emerick, originally from Chicago, Illinois, currently resides in  San Antonio, Texas. She is a transformational thinker and leader in the field of public health. Dawn graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in health education. From there, she attended University of North Florida, earning her Masters in Public Administration  and  Health Administration as well as  her doctorate in Education Leadership and Health Communications. At present, Dawn works for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dawn Emerick, Professional Headshot, Feb. 2019

Dawn states her  view on leadership as the following:  “Give me a work culture that is imperfect but not afraid of transformational change and strong leadership and I’ll show you an advancing organization with loyal teams and customers.” As far as her purpose, she sums that up as being committed to integrating the body, mind & community to improve outcomes for children and families.”

As the founder and CEO of Dawn Emerick Consulting, Dawn has addressed the critical wellness demands, minimized current threats, and taken advantage of emerging opportunities in the workplace and community. She has served as the Chief Wellbeing Strategist for the company since 2012. 

Additionally, she has  worked as  the Health Department Director of  Benton County, Public Health Director for Clackamas County and  the President and CEO of the Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida.

Outside of  consulting, Dawn Emerick serves in several leadership roles. Currently, Dawn is  Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Community Response Coalition, as well as appointed member of the Mayor and Judge’s Health Transition Team. Before that, Dawn Emerick worked with NACCHO and the Oregon Coalition of Local Health Officials Board, among other roles.

Outside her professional life, Dawn Emerick is interested in travel, sports and photography. Specifically, Dawn enjoys football and basketball, particularly the Trailblazers. As  a child, Dawn was a  Washington Redskins fan, but later began cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars.. She also roots for the Florida State Seminoles and the Oregon Ducks for college football. Dawn started a podcast in 2020,  “Leadership Uncensored.” There are currently four episodes you can find on iTunes!

What You Can and Cannot Modify On Your Resume 

While it’s never acceptable to lie on your resume, you can enhance certain aspects of it in order to better convey your skills. Employers want you to let them know why you’re the best fit for the job, so you need to structure your resume in a way that presents you as accurately as possible. Some sections you’ll need to showcase more strongly for a potential employer, such as your skills and experience. Here are the areas you can fudge on your resume to provide a more precise image of who you are.

The Order of Your Resume

Any Google search on “how to format a resume” turns up a fairly consistent layout for any resume. It’s important to follow most formatting guidelines for a resume so potential employers know that you’re organized, pay attention to details, and can follow instructions, but you don’t necessarily need to keep a uniform order of headings on your resume. If your educational history better displays your skills and why you’re qualified for a job, then list that first!

Official Titles

Whatever you do, never lie about a position you held, but you can edit your official job title to provide more clarity on what you did. If your official title at your last job was “writer,” but you also interviewed applicants to work in the office and were in on the hiring process, then edit your title to reflect that. The same goes for your job responsibilities. If you ultimately took on more responsibilities than were originally outlined in your official job description, add those into your resume. Don’t worry about what was official; if you have the experience and skills with those tasks, then list them!

Money Details

You may have worked for a company part-time or spent years volunteering at a non-profit, but you don’t need to waste space on your resume clarifying the type of employee you were. Merely list your experience in these positions. Your future employer doesn’t care how much or whether or not you were paid for your time, as long as you gained valuable experience in those roles that you can use in your new position.

Showcase The Right Career History

Possibly the worst thing you can do on a resume is fabricate jobs you’ve never had, because your employer will find out about this lie one day, which will lead to you losing your job, even if you’ve been at a company for years. While you can’t lie about what jobs you’ve held, you can leave out work experience that isn’t relevant to the current position you’re seeking. That job you had as a check-out assistant at a grocery store for six months when you were in high school? Don’t include it. Tailor your job experience to positions that relate to what you’re applying for now.

Dawn Emerick