Students and alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are invited to attend the 2013 Industry/Career Expo on the Daytona Beach campus. The event is on Wednesday, October 9 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
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Posted by eraucso on April 22, 2013
Students and alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are invited to attend the 2013 Industry/Career Expo on the Prescott, Arizona, campus. The event is on Thursday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Posted by eraucso on April 15, 2013
The 2013 Virtual Hiring Event will be held through the EagleHire Network Monday, February 11—Thursday, February 21, 2013. Candidates can begin preparing to apply for the full-time opportunities posted by previewing positions in the system the weekend prior (February 9-10).
To increase your chances of landing an interview as a result of the Virtual Hiring Event, follow these tips:
- Prepare in advance! During the job preview days, you have the chance to view positions without the pressure to apply at that very moment. Take this time to read through the job postings and mark those you are interested in as “favorites” – this will allow you to go back to the position easily when it is time to apply.
- Get your resume and cover letter in order. Make sure you have these documents uploaded to the EagleHire Network by January 27 in order to ensure ample time for your resume to be reviewed and approved in the system.
- Don’t be generic! Once you’ve identified those jobs you wish to apply to, read through the position description and tailor the resume you plan to use for your application specifically for the position. By personalizing your resume and cover letter, you are telling the employer that you are truly interested in the opportunity…as a result, you are also able to communicate to them that you are the candidate they’ve been seeking for the position.
- Do not apply for positions where you don’t meet the minimum qualifications. It is frustrating for the employer, and in the vast majority of cases, it’s a waste of your valuable time.
- Follow all application instructions to the tee! Give them nothing less than exactly what they ask for (resume, cover letter, references, writing samples, etc.) and apply in the manner they prefer (email, website, fax, or snail mail) – failure to do so is an indication to an employer that you do not pay attention to details, nor do you follow directions.
- Print out jobs to which you apply. This will help you in referencing the position later, in the event that an employer contacts you for an interview. If contact information is included, you can use that information to follow up with the recruiter a few weeks later.
- Don’t wait until the last minute! Make sure you take care of getting your resume online on time and begin applying for jobs as early in the week as possible. This helps to ensure that you can apply for positions at a leisurely pace, minimizing the risk of making mistakes.
For more information about the Virtual Hiring Event, including how to participate, a list of registered companies, event details, and FAQs for job seekers, visit our website: http://careers.erau.edu/events/virtual-hiring-event.html.
Posted by eraucso on February 6, 2013
Don’t forget to participate in the Virtual Hiring Event (VHE) for Embry-Riddle candidates seeking full-time employment. The VHE will be Monday, February 11 – Thursday, February 21 in the EagleHire Network with preview days on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. Job seekers will have the ability to view and apply to full-time job postings from various companies who are seeking candidates.
- Log in to your EagleHire Network account
- Select “Spring 2013 Virtual Hiring Event” under “More Searches” or click on the Virtual Hiring Event logo
- Here, you can either narrow your search by selecting items for your query, or you can keep your search broad to see what positions are posted by not selecting any query items
- Click on each position to view more information and to apply
Jobs will be viewable on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10. Jobs will be available for application starting on Monday, February 11 at 12:01 am EST and will run through 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, February 21.
In order to participate, an approved resume must be on the EagleHire Network system. Due to the increase in resumes uploaded during this time period, job seekers should expect an extended turnaround on resume reviews. Keep in mind that this may prevent you from participating in the event if you upload a resume too late.
Even if you are not actively searching for a full-time position, use the Virtual Hiring Event to explore career and company options. Please remember that jobs are available in EagleHire Network throughout the year, so you should consistently review the system for opportunities. Check out the company’s website as well to identify additional opportunities in the area(s) you seek. Also remember that networking is imperative in any job search, so find connections to the companies to which you applied for an extra step in the search.
Posted by eraucso on February 4, 2013
Posted by eraucso on January 18, 2013
by Kristy Amburgey
Attending conferences and events is an excellent way to professionally network, learn new information as related to your career and identify employment opportunities. The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 39th Annual Convention, to be held March 27 – 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a great example of an event where you can both personally and professionally grow. In fact, the annual NSBE conference, and the many events they host throughout the year, has resulted in great success stories for Embry-Riddle students and alumni. Two such success stories come from Marie-Jeanne Steady Ndiaye (or MJ) and Vincent Bell. We asked both of these alumni to share their experiences with the NSBE Convention.
Why did you decide to attend NSBE in 2012?
MJ: It was a very simple and pragmatic decision to come to. As an undergraduate student, I tried to attend as many professional conferences /conventions as I could; it is the best way to meet industry leaders and others who share your enthusiasm about your field. The other reason why I attended the convention is that I quite frankly liked not being the “odd one out”. There typically aren’t many minority attendants; there’s this belief that we are not interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), so it’s nice to be reminded it is just a “myth”.
Vincent: I decided to attend the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Convention in 2012 after talking to Mr. Mark Lyden about working for The Boeing Company at the end of February or early March 2012. He told me that Boeing and various companies go to the convention to hire knowledgeable minorities. So my main reason for going was to obtain a job after graduating from ERAU. However, I also saw an opportunity to present what I was working on at that time at the conference when I saw there were so many cancellations in the conference presentation schedule.
What was the conference like for you?
MJ: It was a bit overwhelming at first because there were thousands of attendees rushing and buzzing around. There was a multitude of sessions, workshops, and discussions panels. I just didn’t know how I was going to make the most of the convention and what events to attend. All I knew was that I wanted to take it ALL in!
Vincent: The conference was great, and I had an unbelievable experience. The first day that I got there I met up with couple of other ERAU students. And Mr. Lyden, who I had been in contact with prior to the convention, wanted to meet with all the ERAU students that attended the conference, and he invited us to an exclusive Boeing talk, to where we were able to talk to Boeing managers and Boeing engineers that came for the conference. The second day I ended up presenting on what I was conducting research on with Dr. Bereket Berhane.
Everyone that has been to an ERAU career fair would enjoy the NSBE Convention. The convention is one huge career fair with so many engineering companies/firms and graduate schools trying to get qualified students to come to their program and study. Plus this gives the companies opportunity to see what you know by means of presentation. For example, after my first interview, which was with Boeing, I invited my two interviewers to my presentation, and one actually came. So it was great experience for your potential employer to see what you know and how well you can present information to others that may or may not be as knowledgeable on the subject at hand.
Overall, it was great, and the feedback I received was amazing.
Where there any outcomes from NSBE Conference?
MJ: Definitely! I really enjoyed the Educational Sessions, including:
- Professional Development sessions - provided me with soft skills to my academic and professional career ahead
- Mentoring sessions – provided a framework that I used for my grad school selection/application process. That session also helped me outline for myself how I wanted to maximize my grad school experience
- Outreach sessions – we had an opportunity to interact with local high schoolers, conducting experiments and answering questions about different STEM fields. This sparked my interest for Science Outreach and more specifically promoting Space Ethos. So much so, that when I started working at the Kennedy Space Center, I joined the Speakers Bureau, which is a group of volunteers who represent the center at civic, professional, educational, and other public events. Bureau members are exceptionally qualified to discuss general and specific aspects of the activities and technologies associated with the space flight program
Vincent: Of course the big aerospace companies were there (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and others). So I earned 5 interviews in those three days: Boeing, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, and Texas Instruments.
The interview with Northrop Grumman was for thermal analysis engineering, and I never heard anything back from them. The Texas Instruments interview was for mechanical engineering. Texas Instruments never contacted me back again. The interview with Goldman Sachs was for financial analyst, where, if I received an offer, I would be inspecting engineering project funding. I had a follow up phone interview but ultimately did not receive an offer. The interview with Raytheon was for Navigation, Guidance, Control (GNC) engineering and with the Raytheon Missile Systems. Raytheon Missile Systems actually flew me to Tucson, AZ for a hiring event with about 100 other applicants for various job openings. I ultimately received a job offer with them. My interview with Boeing was for a fuel system engineer. The day after this interview, I was told that I would receive an offer within the month for a job with Boeing. I took the job with Boeing over Raytheon.
Why should students/alumni attend this conference?
MJ: Three words: networking, development, and exposure! I think that is pretty self-explanatory. If you are a black engineer, you NEED to attend the national convention.
Because the National Convention focuses mainly on the big 4 (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and Civil Engineering), I would strongly urge ERAU students with interest in space to join the NSBE Space Special Interest Group (commonly referred to as Space SIG). It is one of NSBE’s star programs and is opened to college students as well as alumni.
They are actually hosting a conference in January, Space Technology Session 2013 (next one won’t be until 2015!) that is unlike other conferences in that it is actually a hands-on engineering session. Participants are divided into groups with each group being assigned to work on a pre-defined set of deliverables for one of NSBE’s space-related technical projects. It offers students an opportunity to work in an apprentice-like setting with industry engineers, managers, and scientists. This is how I developed and honed my technical proficiency!
Vincent: Students and alumni should attend this conference because companies come to this convention to hire participants. Knowing that you have a huge chance of getting hired is a main reason why the ERAU family should attend. Even if you are a freshman, you can standout for the upcoming years and help your chances either with a job or internship, when you are ready. When you are looking for a job and applying via the internet, companies do not know you nor see your passion. They only see what you put on your resume at the time. And that is if you did your resume right and tailored your resume to that job announcement to which you just applied. But at this conference you are talking to people who are eager to talk to you to see what you know, and you can pick apart their brains at any time. They want you to ask a lot of questions as much as possible. Companies are really looking for the best applicant possible that they can hire. So I think for ERAU students and alumni, we are those types of people that they can hire and train very easily.
Vincent also has some additional advice for students who will be graduating soon.
The advice I would give students who are graduating soon is to go out there and apply and apply to all jobs for which you are qualified. Before I went the NSBE Convention, I applied to about 350 jobs in 2 and half months. From these that I applied to, I only heard back from 10 or 15 of the companies. None of them offered me a job at all. After the NSBE Convention, I had two offers after talking to 5 companies.
Another piece of advice I will give is when you get a chance to have an interview (either over the phone or in person), ask as many questions that pertain to the job or the betterment of you ultimately receiving an offer. For example, in every interview that I have had over the past 2 years, I have asked the employers what about my resume stood out to them. If something stood out to them, it possibly may stand out to others as well. Another question I have asked is what is something that I can change (either on the resume or the interview itself) that will help with next interview you may have. This question will show employers you are eager to learn something new about yourself and work on weaknesses that may be apparent to them. Also, you should ask questions on relevant projects that company has worked on and/or on which they are currently working. This will show your interest in the company with which you are hoping to get a job.
At the end of your interview, make sure you have business cards of all those people that interviewed you. Wait about a week or two and then email them. In your email, you just want to tell them thank you for the opportunity to talk to them. You are not asking where you stand in the interview process. This step will allow you to pop back up in their head because they received an email from you, and it is another way to stand out above the rest of the people that they may have interviewed.
I hope these tips help all ERAU students and alumni get jobs upon graduating.
Based on our alumni feedback, you can see that the NSBE Convention is a great opportunity for candidates seeking opportunities, both right now and in the future. Besides professional development and networking opportunities, you will have access to many premier companies who are hiring like Battelle, Boeing, CIA, General Dynamics, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, United Technologies Corporation and many more.
Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.
Posted by eraucso on January 14, 2013
by Garrett Krosse
Throughout my flying career, I always thought of where I would end up working. What were the stages and different jobs I would have through my life that involved flying? Would it be cargo? Charter? Airline? Studying Canadian Geese migration patterns? There were endless options, and getting there to those options all depended on knowing the right people and standing out above the rest.
Over the summer of 2012, I spoke with Michael Gregory in the Career Services Office at the Prescott campus about possible internships for either the next year or next summer. The internship that stuck out in my mind was a flying-based internship in Burbank, California, for the cargo feeder Ameriflight LLC. It sounded too good to be true. From when I first started flying, I always dreamed and thought about Ameriflight…night-time, cargo, single pilot IFR, an exciting challenge and an impressive looking job for other airlines. So I applied, threw them a copy of my résumé and all the other necessary paperwork with Career Services, and then went on to enjoy the rest of my summer.
When I returned to Prescott in the Fall, I met with Michael Gregory and was informed that Ameriflight liked what they saw with my résumé and additional information provided. I was then informed that I would have a chance to speak with the people of Ameriflight when they visited the Prescott campus for the Industry/Career Expo. When the time came, Michael introduced me to the crew at Ameriflight. Just a chance to chat with them was perfect; I was able to ask them questions about working for them, what the internship would entail and the culture of the company. They asked me questions as well. I gave them a business card and was told they would ask for a phone interview soon.
The phone interview was a great success; they asked me the normal interview-type questions, and I continued to ask some more basic questions about the internship process. Ameriflight said they would let me know in the next two weeks about my status of being hired for the job. Then the email came. I was ecstatic. I could not even believe it. I was to be spending my Spring semester in Burbank, California, flying the Beech 1900 and learning the inner workings of the cargo feeder world. I still am unable to wrap my head around that fact that I have this incredible internship, and I know that I would have never gotten here without the help of Michael Gregory or the Career Services Office. I owe the foundations of my career to that man and that office.
Garrett Krosse is from the San Francisco Bay area. He is majoring in Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.
Posted by eraucso on November 16, 2012
If you are attending today’s Industry/Career Expo at the Daytona Beach Campus (9am-4pm in the ICI Center) and are looking for a job or an internship/co-op, this is how you will want to be dressed…
Professional or business casual attire will be required for entrance. Students and alumni not dressed appropriately will be turned away at the door. Military uniforms, flight instructor/pilot uniforms and religious attire are acceptable.
For further guidance, check out the CareerSpots videos and downloadable tips below:
Posted by eraucso on October 10, 2012
by Alicia Smyth
In just five days, the Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo will be here. With 95 employers registered and several thousand job seekers expected to attend, how do you stand out? The answer: prepare in advance.
Consider this: when you approach an employer’s booth, if there are other candidates waiting to speak with a recruiter, you will only have a couple of minutes (or less) to sell yourself. If you don’t prepare in advance, you will waste precious time asking questions such as “What does your company do?” (a question that can be an insult, especially to widely-known companies like The Boeing Company or JetBlue Airways), “What opportunities does your company have available?” or “Where would someone with my background fit within to your organization?”
So, what can you do to learn this information in advance?
- Log into your EagleHire Network account: http://erau.experience.com
- Mouse over the “Employers” link on the top navigation bar – select “Employers Search”
- Under “Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo Attendee” select “2012”and hit “Search.” Note that you can also narrow down your search by your “Career Focus” if you choose
From here, you can find out what companies are registered to attend the Industry/Career Expo. If you click on a company name, you will have access to view a company description, a link to the company’s website (which you can click to further research the company), a list of the degree areas that employers are seeking at the Expo, any jobs that the employer is currently posting in the system, upcoming on-campus events, and company contacts (when available). You can also review the list in its entirety at http://erau.experience.com/stu/cf_details?fhnd=5518.
It is strongly recommended that you conduct research online to gain an understanding of what the company does, where you might fit into the organization, and what opportunities are currently available. You should go to the company’s website, find job opportunities and apply for any that you are both interested in and qualified to do. That way, when you go to the Expo, instead of hearing an employer say, “Go apply online,” you will be able to discuss the opportunities that you applied to and for which you would like to be considered.
Keep in mind that not all opportunities are advertised on a company’s website; however, knowing something about what the company does in advance will always be to your benefit. This also allows you to learn which companies to target so that you can maximize the time you have at the event.
It is also extremely important that you get your resume ready well in advance, ensure that you have professional attire to wear to the event, and have an understanding of business etiquette. Review our presentation archives for information and tips on everything from dressing for success to expo preparation to acing the interview. Career Services will also be on the Flight Deck tomorrow to offer walk-up resume critiques.
If you cannot attend the Industry/Career Expo but want to get your resume to employers, please be sure to publish it to one or more of the resume books in the EagleHire Network.
If you have questions about the event, please be sure to visit our website for more information.
Alicia Smyth has been with the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000. In her time at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in roles with Prescott and Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Alicia currently serves as the director and information systems manager for Career Services and loves all things social media and technology.
Posted by eraucso on October 5, 2012
by Adriana Hall & Valerie Kielmovitch
What about a list of employers to target during a job search, employers who will hire you based on your specific circumstances? That would be a great list to have! We often have students ask Career Services for a list of employers who are hiring, but the truth is that you can make your own list. Every job seeker should have a list of targeted companies to help guide him or her through the job search process.
Formulating your list of employers will take time and patience. To set you on the right track, here are a few resources that we suggest you use to create your list.
- EagleHire Network – career management system with a database in which companies and Career Services post both full-time and internship positions for Embry-Riddle students and alumni. Once logged in to EagleHire, you can conduct employer searches based on various criteria and identify companies that may be interested in your education, skills, and experience
- CareerShift – job/internship search engine that can be accessed through the EagleHire Network; it is especially valuable for those searching based on geographical location. It also allows students and alumni to search company contact information and track their job search efforts
- Company-specific Websites – search company career pages for opportunities
- LinkedIn – professional networking site with job postings and groups to join. We recommend that you join the Embry-Riddle Career Services group along with those groups related to your field of study and interests
- Networking – connect with those around you, including your fellow classmates
- Industry/Career Expo – October 10, 2010 from 9am-4pm in the ICI Center (Check out the list of 2012 attendees)
- Online Recruiting Events – Career Services hosts a Virtual Hiring Event in the spring, and you can take advantage of other groups offering online events
- Professional Associations/Conferences – seek out associations to join and conferences to attend; many of the associations have job opportunity sections and lists of their industry members and conference attendees
- On-Campus Visits – stay up-to-date on what employers will be on campus giving an information session and/or interviewing for open positions
- Home Country – if you are a citizen of another country, conduct research about other countries’ bi-lateral agreements with your own country
- Home State – research companies in your home town/state. Again, CareerShift is a great resource for these efforts
- Going Global – all students and alumni have access to this database through the EagleHire Network, which hosts an H1B section that summarizes a list of companies from the Department of Labor who have requested H1Bs in the past
- Internet – there are many resources, but a good one to start with is myvisajobs.com, which discusses information about H1B visas, green cards and work visas and contains information on preparing for a job search in the U.S.
- Faculty – talk to faculty; let them know your career aspirations and ask if they know of any companies that may be a match
Once your list is developed, you want to effectively use it to search for co-op/internship or full-time job opportunities. Your list can guide you through many of the basic job search methods, including networking, researching, preparing, interviewing and more. For research purposes, you can spend your time wisely learning about your top companies and their culture, developments and resume and interview preferences. You can focus your networking efforts on people who are working at or have connections to your targeted companies. Many of the more advanced company applicant tracking systems allow you to set up a job feed, so you automatically get a list of opportunities in your inbox. Use the list throughout your search but be ready to adapt it based on your changing needs and priorities such as a new geographical preference or a new career goal.
Your targeted company list can be consistent, or it can constantly evolve. There are many reasons to regularly re-evaluate your targeted company list, but the main, overreaching reason is that companies have changing needs just like you do. Other reasons include new product development, different company focuses, varying government contracts and company regulations that change on a frequent basis. For example, a company may advertise desirable jobs, but the organization may lose out on its bid to obtain a contract, which means that those job opportunities are no longer available. In other scenarios, a company may advertise opportunities open to non-U.S. citizens, but the next day the opportunities may change due to restrictions imposed by various governing agencies. It is imperative that you stay up-to-date on these developments, so you can revise your targeted company list based on real-time information.
Lists are part of everyone’s life, and many people rely on lists to help them through their professional and personal experiences. For your job search experience, create your own targeted company list that enhances your abilities to conduct the search to your specifications…a list just for you.
Adriana Hall has a Bachelor of Arts in Languages (Spanish-English) from Colombia-South America and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has been with ERAU for 9 years. Adriana worked for the Department of State in Colombia at the United States Embassy before moving to the U.S.
Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for nearly two years. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Florida and Master of Education specializing in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of South Carolina. Valerie has a diverse background in the field of higher education from residence life to career services.
Posted by eraucso on October 4, 2012