RESUME TIP: The Education Section

When putting your resume together, it is important to ensure that your Embry-Riddle education information is correct.  Here are a few of the more common items addressed during resume reviews.

  • Accurate School Name: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the name of the university; please do not leave out part of the name or the dash mark from the listing
  • Campus Information:  add the campus location with the school name
    • Daytona Beach, FL: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL
    • Prescott, AZ: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ
    • Worldwide Campus: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide, Daytona Beach, FL; or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, center city, state
  • Degree Information: Embry-Riddle only offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in addition to the graduate-level and PhD programs (no Bachelor of Art or Associate of Applied Science degrees are awarded, for example); graduate programs with degrees besides Master of Science include examples like the Master of Aeronautical Science, Master of Aerospace Engineering, Master of Business Administration, Master of Software Engineering and Master of System Engineering  degrees
  • Degree, Major, Minors and Concentrations: with the degree, you need to list the specific type of degree (Aeronautical Science or Aviation Business Administration, for example); minors can be listed separately from the degree information along with any concentrations or specializations; all of this information must be accurate and match your transcripts exactly
  • Dates: the expected graduation date is important to include with any current degree so that employers know when you will be available post-graduation; if you are an alum, you can decide to include your graduation date or not

Additional information to include in an educational section can be the GPA, relevant courses, honors and more.  It is important to note that items such as courses and honors can be listed in main sections devoted to these subjects and, if in separate sections, should not be repeated again.

Sample resumes are available on the Embry-Riddle Career Services website.  Please review the documents as you format your education section.  Again, your transcripts are also an invaluable resource to ensure accurate information.

Job Seeking Outside Your Major

By Amy Treutel

You applied to college, were accepted, received scholarships and student loans to help fund your education, got to your last semester, and stopped to think, Applying-Job-Outside-Field-Featured“Hmm, is this really what I want to do anymore?”  Throughout your time as a student, and even once you enter the professional workforce, your experiences and ideas of your ideal job may change.  Luckily, even if you start as an Aerospace Engineer but ultimately decide your passion is in Human Resources, you can work towards making that transition seamless.

There are several actions that can you can take to help increase your chances of obtaining a position outside of your major.

Transferable Skills

All of your work experiences, whether it is as a lifeguard for the summer or flight operations intern for a large airline during a semester, contribute to different skills that are valuable in the workplace.  The lifeguard position might build your customer service and problem solving skills whereas the intern position would build your database research and data mining skills.  Both jobs are equally important when trying to search for a non-related position.  It’s all about how you market yourself and those newly acquired skills.

Volunteer Work

If you are not able to immediately get a position in the area you want to work, consider volunteering for a company, an affiliate, or a supporting organization.  This will not only allow you to directly gain sought after skills in the new area you are interested in pursuing, but it also affords you the opportunity to meet and network with many people in the specific industry.  Get to know the people and what skills they have and learn how they got started in the industry.  You will probably be surprised at the routes many of them took to get where they are!

Gaining New Skills

Sometimes you’ll realize that you might be missing a highly sought after skill in the new industry you’re pursuing.  Oftentimes, there are many ways to go about learning new skills.  You could enroll in a local community college and take related classes, earn a certificate, search for online training programs, or just utilize Google and take the initiative to train yourself.  There is a wealth of information available in various mediums that could all help you in gaining new skills.

Tailoring Your Resume

Now that you’ve learned new skills and been diligent about making yourself marketable, you have to customize each resume you submit for a job and really highlight the skills you have that are most relevant to the position.  It is helpful to have a summary, project experience section, and even a skills section.  Between your resume and cover letter, you want to demonstrate to the employer that you are the ideal candidate for the position.  Browse the Career Services website to view sample resumes and cover letters.

It would also be very helpful to perform a SCOT (Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, Threats) analysis on yourself to really break down your specific skill areas and how they relate to a position outside of your major.  This will help narrow your focus and clarify what areas you should concentrate on to be the most marketable candidate for the position.

Don’t underestimate your abilities and the skills you possess.  Your degree, whether related to the position you want to apply for or not, gives you an amazing foundation for being a productive employee and quickly learning new skills.  Make smart decisions on marketing yourself to potential employers, and you will see your hard work pay off with a rewarding career.

Amy Treutel has a Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management and a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with a specialization in Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She was a member of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Career Services team for over five years. Amy recently accepted a position with the National Air Traffic Controllers Association in Washington D.C. and will start in June 2013. 

eaglesNEST: Connect with ERAU Alumni and Start Building Your Network Today

7084d213-f715-474c-a331-ae8c4407ebdcOne of the most powerful tools for any job search and professional growth is networking.  Networking is a lifelong process by which you build strong connections with those around you.  Your connections can put you in contact with the right people to support your job search, career development and personal aspirations.  The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University community is a great place to start networking, and you have a built-in group of connections in your fellow alumni.

Embry-Riddle offers you a way to meet alumni through the eaglesNEST online community. Graduates may network virtually through a directory that allows alumni to search for and connect with former classmates based on geographic location and employment/company.  The directory is available to alumni only via a password-protected portal. Embry-Riddle graduates must sign into their eaglesNEST account in order to view the directory.  (Creating an account is easy and free, click here to start.)

One of the most useful ways to leverage the directory is by using the “Advanced Search” method. For example, let’s say you are an aerospace engineer interested in securing a job at Boeing in Seattle, and you would like to get to know alumni who are already employed there. You can use the Advanced Search tool in the directory to search by company name, city and major (and a number of other search terms). Our directory search engine examines the eaglesNEST profiles of our alumni to generate the results. In this instance, nine alumni were identified using these criteria. Alumni with an envelope icon next to their names have an email address tied to their eaglesNEST profiles, so you can send them a note and introduce yourself. Those with a yellow “Post-It” icon next to their names haven’t made their email addresses available; however, you can still send them a message and it will remain in their eaglesNEST inbox until the next time they log into the community.

The eaglesNEST also offers numerous opportunities for alumni to network face-to-face at gatherings hosted across the country and world. Events are often hosted by the Embry-Riddle Alumni Association at tradeshows and air shows, in addition to being organized by alumni chapters, which function similarly to clubs but do not require membership dues. Event information is posted regularly on the eaglesNEST. With more than 20 networks hosting events year-round, you are sure to find an activity near you.

To ensure that you stay informed about events and make yourself available for networking opportunities, keep your contact information current on the eaglesNEST by creating a profile and updating it from time to time, such as when you relocate or accept a new job. This helps the Alumni Association stay in touch and keep you apprised of events happening near you.

As an Embry-Riddle alumnus/a, your potential networking pool is 100,000-plus strong.  Make the most of Embry-Riddle alumni resources such as eaglesNEST and the official alumni LinkedIn group to identify and connect with colleagues who are also Embry-Riddle Eagles.  If you work to build and maintain these relationships over time, lifelong partnerships will result. Happy networking!

Article from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Alumni Relations Department and Career Services

CareerSpots Video Highlight: 7 Tips for Researching Companies

Embry-Riddle Career Services wants you to review CareerSpots videos, a series of visual resources to help with your internship/job search and career development.

Research is an important job search activity to complete before making career decisions, changing careers, applying for positions, interviewing or accepting jobs.  Hear several recruiters give their advice on researching employers.

WATCH 7 Tips for Researching Companies

Researching Companies

Spring 2013 Graduates’ First Destinations

On Tuesday morning, the Daytona Beach Career Services team was at graduation collecting data for the campus-specific First Destination Survey. While the official report will not be available until later, we thought you might like to see a sampling of where Daytona Beach graduates are heading after they walked across the stage at the Ocean Center this past Tuesday.

If you recently graduated from the Daytona Beach or Prescott residential campus and still don’t have a job, please contact Career Services for guidance and resources that can help you attain employment. Click on the appropriate campus link to view a list of services offered by Career Services.

Success Story: Oswaldo “Oz” Maitas

Oswaldo “Oz” Maitas is a 2005 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alum Oz at sunrisefrom the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science program.  While at Embry-Riddle, he minored in Aviation Weather, was a member of Alpha Omicron Alpha (AOA) Aeronautical Honor Society and worked for the Career Services Office.  He has worked for Aerospotal Airlines since 2006.  Oz has a great success story to share, and he has provided us with details of his upgrade to Captain.

On February 26, 2013, I completed my upgrade to Captain with Aeropostal Airlines. I finished my 25 hours flight time of IOE training and got appointed to the checkride with the Venezuelan authorities of the INAC. I flew a 45 minute round trip leg from Maiquetia (SVMI) to Margarita (SVMG). After parking at the terminal and shutting down the engines, the check airman congratulated me and stated that my checkride was approved.

I felt very happy and could not avoid thinking about my first flight in a Cessna 172, as well as my entire ERAU class experience. I was thankful for my family, co-workers and God. After stepping out of the aircraft, I was greeted by my fellow Captains as they were waiting for my checkride to be done to give me the proper welcome. They immediately began tearing my uniform apart, cutting my hair and eyebrows off and pouring soda, coke and jet oil all over me. It is an old tradition, dating back to 1929, and it is customary to be done in the jet way along with the flight attendants, maintenance personnel and family.

Now, my life has changed. I am beginning a new moment in my career, as the responsibilities of all the flight are falling on my shoulders. Also, I began to pass my knowledge and experience to all of the First Officers with the hope that their journey to the left seat comes as easily and joyfully as mine.

Once again, I feel very thankful being able to attend a prestigious University such as Embry-Riddle. It definitely made a difference in my professional career and personal life.

This is a picture of me after the checkride along with my family and another one with my co-workers. The first picture is my first solo flight along with my First Officer during a sunrise climbing to FL350.

Oz with family

Oz with co-wokers

Alumni Career Spotlight: Jonathan Weisberg

Jonathan Weisberg received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) Jon W.degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in August 2011, and he completed his Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management at Arizona State University in 2007.  Jon is currently a Research and Technology Supplier Management Procurement Agent with The Boeing Company.  Before coming on board with Boeing, he completed internships with JetBlue and the Walt Disney Company, both in finance-oriented positions.  Jon also worked for Mesa Airlines, prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, in crew scheduling.

How did you land a job with The Boeing Company?

Obtaining a full time position at Boeing was not an easy task as Boeing receives hundreds or even thousands of applicants for one position.  For my position alone, there were 1,100 applicants for just 3 openings.  I learned this the hard way as I started applying for positions back in the fall of my last year at Embry-Riddle.  I was fortunate to meet lead Boeing recruiter Mark Lyden who went through the 7 steps to applying for jobs as well as encouraged me to apply to multiple jobs, as in 20+ jobs.  I assumed with having an MBA, 2 years of airline experience, and top notch internships with JetBlue and Disney that I would be a shoe-in for a job with Boeing.  However, this was not the case right away.  Besides applying for full time jobs at Boeing, I also applied to finance and revenue management jobs with major airlines.  By the spring of 2011, I had a few interviews with the airlines, and after applying to over 20 jobs at Boeing, I secured an interview as a Procurement Agent.  I ended up getting the job and started working as a Procurement Agent within Boeing Research and Technology in September of 2011.

What does your current position entail?

As a Procurement Agent within Boeing Research and Technology, I enjoy the daily challenges of solving logistic issues as well as interacting with suppliers and engineers.  In Supplier Management, we are the liaisons working between the Supplier and engineer to make sure the parts I order run on time and all the orders are correct.  I have a broad range of experience having purchased numerous commodities and services, leases, and loans and having negotiated contract terms and conditions.  My favorite parts of this job are: negotiating price to find a best value solution for Boeing as well as our suppliers and traveling to meet with our suppliers face to face.  Being able to work for a leader in the aerospace industry has been a great experience thus far, and I look forward to what lies ahead with Boeing.

While working on your MBA, you completed internships with JetBlue Airways and The Walt Disney Company. How did those experiences benefit you?

Having the opportunity to intern at two world class companies such as JetBlue Airways and the Walt Disney Company were incredible experiences that have helped me in my current role.  Even though both internships were in finance, I learned a lot about customer service as well as building my Microsoft Excel and presentation skills.  While at Walt Disney World, I was working in Financial Operations for the Water Parks and Miniature Golf Courses.  All finance interns were required to work on an individual project and present it to all the other interns as well as finance executives including the CFO of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  My project was on weather-related studies and how weather during certain times of the year affects our operating income.  My project helped our operations team determine at what temperature the water parks should be closed to save Disney hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Do you have any advice for business students seeking a career in the aerospace industry?

My biggest advice for students who are sophomores or higher is to get as much work and leadership experience as possible.  The best way to get work experience is to complete summer internships in fields in which you are interested.  Even though you will learn basic theories and learn the aviation industry in school, you will not really understand it fully until you work there.  Plus a summer internship gives you insight into a company and is a 3 month interview that helps you secure a job with that company once completed.  My other recommendation is to network with leaders within the aerospace industry and find mentors.  Most business leaders within the aerospace industry love mentoring bright young minds, especially because they will be hiring these students, and someday these students will be running the company.

Congratulations, Graduates!

Congratulations to the spring class of 2013!

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I Graduated. What Happens Now?

by Kristy Amburgey

College GraduatesStudents often use graduation as a time to reflect on what they have accomplished up to this point in time.  Hopefully, you studied hard, learned how to approach a challenge, developed some great connections and picked up a few professional skills along the way.

Now that you have your diploma in hand and have a renewed sense of self, the thought, “What happens now?” may cross your mind.  Luckily there are multiple career, educational and growth opportunities that you can pursue post-graduation.  Here are several of those options.

Head to Work: a number of students already have employment plans by the time they graduate, and they are ready to go straight into the workforce

  • Tip: ensure you are ready to transition into the world of work by brushing up on professionalism, company expectations and general business etiquette

Search for a Job: students often find themselves still needing to secure employment by the time they graduate

  • Tip: if you are one of these folks, you need to get ready for this full-time endeavor…the job search; networking, connecting to opportunities and applying for jobs are all part of this post-graduation pursuit along with the many other actions you should take to secure your future

Transition Your Career: there are some students who already have a career in place, and they now want to apply their previous experiences and newly minted education to a new field of work

  • Tip: get ready to take on this new career search much the same way you would approach any job search but focus on how you can translate your previous experiences to relate to your new potential job 

Take the Next Step: several students will have well-established careers but are ready to move into more senior roles

  • Tip: leverage your degree to earn a promotion or take on new responsibilities; market your new skills and degree accomplishment to help establish yourself as an expert in your field

Go to Grad School: a number of students have plans to go to graduate school to further enhance their education or to broaden their skill sets

  • Tip: planning for grad school can involve the selection of a degree program that will make you more marketable in your field, the selection of a school that offers your degree and the planning for the application process; get ready for all of these tasks early in your final year of undergraduate education

Take a Gap Year: some students will choose to take a year off between their undergraduate and graduate education or before they head to work for a variety of reasons

  • Tip: prepare financially to have this year off to do a variety of things like earning more certifications/ratings, research, service, volunteering, traveling abroad, etc.

Take on Civic Service: a student with a gap year or one who is ready to take on the non-profit world may want to consider civic service

  • Tip: you can volunteer or work for a civic organization, which can include non-profits, government groups, teaching, and other well-known entities like the Peace Corps; just like with a job search in the corporate world, get ready to network and pursue opportunities, but it is even more important to communicate your socially-conscious passions and convictions

Many of the choices you make will be impacted by your financial needs and personal expectations.  Select the path that you most want to pursue but will still support your future goals.  If you find yourself unsure of the next step, take advantage of the resources provided to you by Career Services and via the Going Places blog for information and guidance on many of these topics.  Instead of thinking, “Ummm, now what,” you can think, “Yes!  I am ready to jump into my post-graduation plans.”

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.

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