Alumni Career Spotlight: Alyssa Smith

Alyssa Smith, ERAU ATM

Alyssa Smith, DB 2012

Alyssa Smith is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management program at the Embry-Riddle Daytona Beach campus. After being encouraged by an alumnus, she visited The Boeing Company’s booth at last year’s Industry/Career Expo. This summer, Alyssa worked for Boeing as a Quality Systems Specialist Intern and was hired on full-time as a Quality System Specialist in August. As a student at Embry-Riddle, Alyssa worked both on and off campus and completed internships with AvPorts at Teterboro Airport and Brian Boyle Attorneys at Law.

As an Air Traffic Management major, why did you choose to apply to Boeing?

I honestly had never thought about it before speaking with an alumnus who encouraged me to go up to the booth at the career fair. When I did, I ended up finding out about Boeing’s NextGen program and learned more about opportunities in Boeing. 

What skills and traits do you find that are most beneficial in your work?

Communication is key in any job, but especially when you work for such a big company. Peoples’ time is so valuable; make sure you know what you need before you say anything. 

How will this position relate to your future goal?

This position is an awesome opportunity. There is so much room for growth in Boeing, and my manager makes it his responsibility to make sure I get any and all training I want, including leadership training, to help advance toward goals of management. 

What advice do you have for other ATM majors who are waiting for the FAA call?

No one wants to hear it, but it’s a reality that you could be waiting years before you get the call.  Go apply to as many other positions you can while you wait. Try to stay in the industry; market your minors or even the management portion of your degree.

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The Art of Following Up

by Alicia Smyth

Expo InterviewMaybe you had an interview at the Industry/Career Expo, or perhaps you handed out your resume to several recruiters and haven’t heard back. To keep the ball rolling and to make a positive impression that can help you to stand out in a sea of candidates, it is crucial that you follow up.

Apply Online

Even if you hand your resume directly to an employer at the Industry/Career Expo and they accept it, nowadays many companies also require you to submit a formal application through their online job system. Be sure to go to the company’s website and apply for those jobs for which you are interested and qualified, especially if the employer specifically requested you do so.

Say Thank You

A simple note of thanks can go a very long way. Be sure to always send a thank you note to each and every recruiter or hiring manager with whom you interview. It is also a nice touch to send thank yous to individuals who take the time to speak with you at career fairs,  conferences or other related events.

When sending a thank you, keep your message concise and confirm your interest in the company and position (if applicable). Make sure you spell names and titles correctly and use proper grammar and correct spelling. This message should go out as soon as possible; if you haven’t sent out your thank yous yet, now is the time.

Thank yous can be in the form of an email or a handwritten note. Review a sample thank you letter on our website.

Check In

If you interviewed two weeks ago and the employer told you he or she would have an answer to you in a week, it is completely acceptable to make contact in order to check on the status of your candidacy.

In this message (which should be very short and to the point), you should thank them for taking the time to meet with you and ask if there are any updates regarding the position.

No News is No News

Just because you don’t hear back right away, do not automatically assume that you are no longer in the running for an opening. Keep in mind that the hiring process can be full of red tape, which can sometimes slow down the process. Additionally, family emergencies, vacations, busy workloads, and other priorities can get in the way of a forthcoming offer.

If you aren’t getting a response from the HR recruiter, check with your network to see if you know someone in the company who can help you out. If you met with the hiring manager and have his or her contact information, contact the person directly.

The Fine Line

Always keep in mind that there is a fine line between inquiring and annoying. You want to appear interested but not desperate. Do not leave constant messages for a recruiter if you do not hear back from them and do not call every single person you know within a company to ask for help.

Moving On

If it has been several weeks and you aren’t getting any kind of feedback on your candidacy, it is time to cut your losses and continue looking elsewhere. Perhaps they went with an internal candidate or decided to hire someone with more experience. Either way, there comes a point when you should move on and focus your time and energy on other viable opportunities.

Most importantly, keep a positive attitude. Leverage your network through social media and by attending career-focused events and conferences. Link up with the Embry-Riddle Alumni Association to find a mentor. Utilize the resources available to you through Career Services. Whatever you do, never give up.

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. 

Co-op/Internship Spotlight: Shyamal “Sam” Patel

Shyamal Patel, DB AE

Shyamal “Sam” Patel is a junior in the Aerospace Engineering program at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach campus, specializing in Astronautics. In addition to his major course of study, Sam is minoring in Mathematics, Space Studies, Aerospace Life Sciences, and Homeland Security. Sam has completed internships/co-ops with five companies: Northrop Grumman, NASA Kennedy Space Center, The Boeing Company, Masten Space Systems, and most recently with SpaceX. While he finishes his degree, Sam is working on side projects and consulting on his previous project with SpaceX. He is also a Private Pilot and Emergency Medical Technician.

How did you land your co-ops/internships, and how did you navigate the process?

During my sophomore year, I went to the Career Expo and spoke with the SpaceX representatives and learned more about the company. Later that day they had an informational talk in which they discussed more about internships. I learned from the presentation that the most important aspect when considering an intern for SpaceX is their hands-on experience. I used this bit of information the following year during the Career Expo, focusing on my hands-on experience while speaking to SpaceX representatives. I obtained my practical experience from previous internships and university organizations. During my Masten Space Systems and NASA internships,  I gained valuable hands-on experience with fluid systems. Organizations like ERFSEDS and Society for S.P.A.C.E. provided me with additional practical experience with high powered rocketry and working in teams. They were impressed with this experience and called me out to their Cape Canaveral launch pad for an interview. During this interview, I again used my hands-on experience to influence and guide the interview. Within five minutes of leaving the interview, I was called and told that I had landed a co-op for the spring and summer of 2012. My recommendation to students is to really listen to what employers want in an intern and focus on those aspects heavily when talking to representatives and during the interview phase.

What opportunities are available for students at SpaceX?

There are many opportunities available for students at SpaceX. One of the benefits is that there are opportunities in different locations: Cape Canaveral, FL; McGregor, TX; Vandenberg, CA; Hawthorne CA. I interned at the launch site in Cape Canaveral. There, students get to work with the launch operations group, which involves final vehicle integration and launch/mission execution. The Texas facility is primarily focused on testing the various propulsion systems of the Falcon 9 and Dragon spacecraft. Most of the opportunities for students are located at headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. In Hawthorne, students get the opportunity to work with all of the groups, including: Avionics, Dynamics, Launch Operations, Manufacturing, Propulsion, and Structures.

What advice would you give students who are contemplating doing an internship experience?

Students who are contemplating doing an internship should know that internships are incredible experiences. An internship is your chance to finally see what your field has to offer. I personally believe that I have learned more practical knowledge during my internships than I have in the classroom. Sure, the classroom teaches you the basics, but the basics do not do you any good if you do not know how to use them. Internships are there to fill the gap between theory and seeing it in action.

When I received my offer from SpaceX, I was given a spring and summer co-op. That meant that I had to skip the spring semester and push back graduation. At first, I was on the fence about accepting the co-op because of this push back. I realized that graduating one semester later would be worth the co-op experience. I learned firsthand that the experience you gain far outweighs any cost, even if that means graduating later than expected.

In what ways has your co-op experience impacted your college experience?

My college experience has been greatly impacted as a result of my co-op. My co-op has bridged the gap between what I have been learning in the classroom and how to use such knowledge in industry. During my co-op, I learned many concepts that are just now coming up in my classes. This has made my classes easier because I am already familiar with some of the topics, and it is easier now to follow along.  With this comes a new perspective about classes. I now look at the small topics taught in class and try to find out ways in which they can help me when I return to SpaceX.

The Financial Transition from Military to Civilian

by Katherine Pilnick

The transition from military to civilian life is one of the most difficult changes with which you will have to deal. Your entire life and regiment will change, whether you’re retiring, entering the civilian workforce for the first time or planning on earning your degree. No matter your next step in life, your finances will undergo a major overhaul. Consider these changes and prepare accordingly.

Before You Leave the Military

While you’re still in the military, start thinking about how you’ll make ends meet as a civilian. No matter where you go next, it’s wise to have at least some money saved up.

If you’re retiring, make sure you have enough money in the bank to last the rest of your life. Remember that any pension you receive won’t cover all expenses. When done properly, retirement saving and planning can take decades.

If you plan to go to college after duty, you’ll be eligible for several education benefits through the military. Such benefits are meant to ease the financial burden rather than take care of the bill completely. Again, save up some money to last you through college. If you don’t think you have enough saved up, you might want to consider looking for a part-time job while you’re in school.

Or if you decide to enter the workforce, know that this itself can pose financial challenges. When possible, begin looking for work and sending out applications before you leave the military. This can help cut down the amount of time between military and work.  It’s important to create a fund and save up some money for the first few months you’re out of the service. Military.com calls this a transition fund and recommends you make it large enough to last nine to 12 months. Use this money to cover expenses while you search for a job. Consolidating your finances can also help simplify the transition. 

 Changing Expenses

Along with your lifestyle, some of your expenses will also change. While in the military, you may receive benefits like a housing allowance on top of your salary. Once you leave, you’ll have to cover this type of expense on your own.  You may also need to pay for items like health insurance if your new job doesn’t include it.

Keep these new expenses in mind while you are creating a savings fund and make sure you have enough money to cover everything. It’s a good idea to consult a financial specialist to help you plan your budget and expenses if you are unsure of anything.

Getting a Job

If your goal is to get a job and start a career right out of the military, talk to friends and family members about what to expect. Brush up on interview skills and be prepared to talk about your time in the service. If you’re offered a job, remember that salaries are negotiable. Think realistically about how much you need to earn to cover expenses and make sure your salary is enough.

Katherine Pilnick writes and blogs about personal financial well-being and issues that influence it for Debt.org, America’s Debt Help Organization.

Employer Insights from the Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo

2012 Industry/Career Expo ERAU VAS93 companies showed up to last week’s Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach to talk to the over 2000 students and alumni about internships, co-ops, and job opportunities. On the day after the Expo, over 300 interviews were conducted by companies. Some candidates were offered jobs on the spot and more will be offered employment in the days, weeks, and months to come.

We asked employers at the Expo to provide us with specific advice that we could share with students and alumni. Many were happy to share their insights and words of wisdom, which we have provided below.

There are two sets or groups of students I see. Group one are those that obviously went to Career Services and got advice and help. They are very well prepared. The second group are those that did not take advantage of Career Services and they clearly are not prepared.
Mark L., The Boeing Company

Interships for sophomores and juniors are crucial!
– Hillary L., The Boeing Company

Network, this industry is a small world.
– Tom R., ExpressJet Airlines

Alaska is a great place to start your aviation career.
– Eric R., Northern Air Cargo, Inc.

They need to understand what makes them stand out. Highlight teamwork, working to schedules and budgets.
– Glen S., Spirit AeroSystems

Students should have a better understanding of what they are looking for.
– Candice C., United Airlines

There are a lot of companies here so we don’t expect you to know about each one. Don’t be afraid to ask and get more information.
Jenna P., EMTEQ

Tailor resume specifically to position applying for. Stay involved in the field – volunteer/work/study. Contact companies and ask for tour of facility.
Sarah H., Flight Options/Nextant Aerospace

When you work projects, take lead roles when applicable.
– Scott S., GE Aviation – Unison

The Navy offers over $100,000 to engineering students that academically qualify.
Matthew C., United States Navy Officer Programs

Internships!!!
– Ethan C., Lee County Port Authority

Complete an internship.
– James H., Lee County Port Authority

AE majors should take C/C++ in their curriculum.
Michelle K., CAE USA, Inc.

[Proper] resume formatting, prior research before fair.
– Jarred R., CAE USA, Inc.

All URS openings are posted on our company website, www.urscorp.jobs. I encourage applicants to follow up on all positions they apply for.
– Daniel M., URS Corp.

Additional tips and suggestions from employers:

  • Resumes should be well formatted, in reverse chronological order, and tailored specifically for the job
  • Come better prepared – research and know the company
  • General comments about wanting a job in engineering or business show very little prep work
  • Wear professional attire
  • Include the year of graduation on your name tag
  • Keep resume to one page, especially if you lack hands-on experience
  • Work more with Career Services to be better prepared for these events
  • Practice your elevator speech
  • Come to the Expo interview-ready with regards to appearance and grooming standards
  • Women should dress conservatively – skirts should not be too short and tops should not be too low

Positive feedback from employers regarding candidates from the Industry/Career Expo:

  • Extremely professional and well prepared. Students asked great questions.
  • Overall, professionalism and dress was very impressive.
  • Overall, they were [well] prepared
  • Improvements in professionalism and preparedness [over last year]
  • Very impressed
  • Great applicant pool!
  • Great blend of students – all were prepared for Expo and armed with questions
  • Both current students and graduates were professional, polite, prepared and a pleasure to speak with
  • Most candidates came prepared, dressed well, and had questions
  • They came prepared, asked questions, and were very interested. It was a pleasure speaking with them and helping them. I was equally impressed with the freshmen that came by.
  • Lots of good energy around anything aviation related for most students
  • Great candidates, very professional
  • We found several excellent candidates. Some had prior knowledge of our company or had done research. Very impressed with the professional dress and presentation of the students.
  • Students were very prepared, respectful
  • Professional and polished, always good quality students
  • Best dressed students I have seen all year!
  • Candidates were better prepared and more professional in their dress compared to years past.
  • Very well dressed! Extremely professional all around. I am proud to have graduated from ERAU!
  • The candidates were well prepared, dressed professionally, [and had]good-great resumes.
  • Built resumes well
  • Great candidates; A+!

Overall, employers were very happy with how candidates presented themselves at the event. Those candidates who did their research, had a clear idea of their career goals, presented well-formatted and easy to read resumes, dressed and behaved professionally, and asked good questions are most likely the candidates who received an interview last week.

If you were not among the candidates chosen to interview, don’t fret yet. Many employers were unable to stay to conduct interviews after the event last week. If you gave your resume to even one employer, be on the ready to receive a call to schedule an interview.

To make sure you are interview ready, check out our interview tips and information on the Career Services website and make use of Perfect Interview on the main home page of your EagleHire Network account. Equally important is your follow through…don’t forget to follow up with employers via email and/or LinkedIn and apply online if needed.

If you have a success story to share from the event, we want to hear from you! Please send an email to dbeaghir@erau.edu.

Industry/Career Expo Today at the Daytona Beach Campus

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…

ERAU SGA

Members of the SGA looking sharp in preparation for the annual Industry/Career Expo

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:

Companies Attending Tomorrow’s ERAU Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach, FL

ERAU Industry/Career Expo Daytona BeachThe Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo is tomorrow! 

See below for a list of the employers who will be in attendance, collecting resumes and speaking with candidates regarding full-time and co-op/internship positions. Click on each company’s link to visit their website to learn more about the company and specific career opportunities that are available.

Can’t make it to the Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach? Apply directly to positions of interest on  the company websites of those attending. You may also publish your resume to the many resume books in the EagleHire Network to get your resume to recruiters who are linked in the system.

Still need help preparing for the event? Check out the Last Minute Expo Preparation presentation.

Reminder: Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo, Company Info Sessions/Workshops This Week

Daytona Beach ERAU Industry/Career Expo 2012Don’t forget that the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo will be held on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
9am – 4pm
ICI Center

Dress professionally (business casual is the required minimum) and bring plenty of resumes along with a Student/Alumni ID. Employers from companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, JetBlue Airways, NOAA, SpaceX and Embraer will be in attendance, recruiting candidates for full-time and co-op/internship opportunities.

All ERAU students and alumni are invited to attend!

In addition to the Industry/Career Expo, many companies will be on the Daytona Beach campus to host company information sessions and related events this week:

Monday, October 8:

  • Gulfstream Meet & Greet, LB Atrium, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Gulfstream Info Session, LB 269, 6:30-7:30pm

Tuesday, October 9:

  • Boeing Workshop: Applying Effectively to Get Hired, COB 268, 8:00-9:00am
  • Boeing Workshop: Business Internship Opportunities, COB 268, 9:00-10:00am
  • Boeing Workshop: Boeing Overview and Information on EH&S Opportunities, COB 268, 10:00-11:00am
  • Boeing Workshop: Information Session for MBA Students, COB 268, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Boeing Workshop: Opportunities for AE and ME Students with Strong Computer Skills, COB 268, 12:00-1:00pm
  • Boeing Workshop: Information for All Engineers – Avionics, Electrical Systems, Field Engineering/Support & Technical Support, COB 268, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Boeing Workshop: Information on the Commercial Aviation Services Quality Group (Internship Opportunities), COB 268, 3:00-4:00pm
  • Boeing Workshop: Students/Graduates/Prospective Employees with a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics for the Pax River, MD Location, COB 268, 4:00-5:oopm
  • Lufthansa Systems/Lufthansa Tecknik Info Session, COB 114, 5:00-6:00pm
  • Rolls-Royce Info Session, IC Auditorium, 5:15-6:30pm
  • Dassault Falcon Jet Info Session, IC 104, 5:30-6:30pm
  • ExpressJet Info Session, EBM 311, 5:30-6:30pm
  • United Airlines Info Session, COB 118, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Air Wisconsin Info Session, EBM 311, 7:00-8:00pm
  • Delta Air Lines Info Session, COB 118, 7:00-8:00pm

Wednesday, October 10:

Presentations are open to all students and alumni of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. For more information and to reserve a seat, log in to the EagleHire Network > Calendar > DB Company Information Session. Business casual attire  is strongly suggested.

Note: EBM is in the new maintenance building

Research is the Key to Success at the Industry/Career Expo

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.

Where’s the List?!?

by Adriana Hall & Valerie Kielmovitch

People love lists…they like making to-do lists, they watch David Letterman give a top ten list every night, and they find grocery lists to be useful.

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 Stateresearch 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.

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