Employer Spotlight: Cessna Aircraft RSA Rotational Program

Old planeClyde Vernon Cessna designed the very first Cessna in 1911 — a monoplane of spruce and linen. Sixteen years later, Clyde Cessna put his passion for flying and his love for aviation into action, and Cessna Aircraft Company was born. Little did Clyde Cessna realize, he was establishing a tradition of change which would make Cessna Aircraft Company the preeminent general aviation manufacturer.

In Cessna’s first decade, the company earned a reputation for safety and performance that it still holds today. More than eight decades later, Clyde Cessna’s passion and vision are mirrored every day by the people who work for Cessna. Whether in an office or in the factory, every Cessna employee is driven by a spirit of innovation and passion for aviation.

Cessna continues to lead the industry in aerospace engineering for general aviation. From our first standard-setting monoplane design to our super-midsize business jets flown by the world’s greatest leaders today, our company continues to dominate the world’s skies. We attribute our ongoing success to the tireless passion of our people and the undying loyalty of our customers. Cessna is looking for the best, brightest professionals to join our team and work to advance our position as world leaders in aviation.

Please tell us about Cessna Aircraft Company’s Rotational Sales Program and Sales Operations Internship positions.

The Rotational Sales Development Program and the Sales Operations Internship are the first steps in preparing early career individuals for success in sales at Cessna.  Both positions provide an exciting and fun atmosphere to grow and develop within the Sales Occupation.

new planesThe development program features 6 unique rotations: Sales Operations, Jet Contracts, Customer Service, Marketing, Propeller Business Team and Jet Business Team.  Throughout each of those rotations, the participants will gain operational and business experience while participating in tactical day-to-day responsibilities and significant projects for the functional leaders.

The Sales Operations internship will focus on the Sales Operations rotation of the Rotational Sales Development Program.  Interns will have the opportunity to work along-side the Rotational Sales Development Program participants and Cessna’s top notch Sales Operations team.  This internship gives students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience supporting the zone field sales personnel by communicating with prospects regarding Citation Sales and marketing matters.

Please give us the profile of your ideal candidate for these positions.

Cessna strives to bring the best and brightest professionals to fill every position within the company.  Ideal candidates for the Sales positions possess passion, energy, drive and are self-motivated with high intellectual horsepower.   Aviation experience is not required to be successful at Cessna.  Instead, candidates should be inspired by a challenge and demonstrate an interest or passion in working in the aviation field.

What can a candidate do to be successful when applying for Cessna?

Candidates should be sure to highlight their extracurricular activities as well as their professional presence throughout the application process.  It is important that Cessna’s employees get a complete picture of the students both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students should remember that the hiring process is an opportunity for Cessna employees to determine which candidates are the most qualified and which of those candidates will fit well in the Cessna culture.  Students should also use the hiring process as an opportunity to judge whether Cessna is a good fit for them.  With that in mind, students shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions.

What is the best approach to a resume when applying to Cessna?

Resumes should be organized, clean and concise.  Students should highlight their educational, extracurricular and work experiences as they relate to the functional area in which they are applying.  For the sales positions, we encourage students to highlight how their experiences relate to the sales function, teamwork and customer facing activities.

It is important for students to remember their resume is just a snapshot of their experiences.  Candidates will have an opportunity to elaborate during the hiring process, so it is not necessary to add every detail to the resume.  Instead, students should add only the most important and most influential details of their experiences.

What additional opportunities are available for students and graduates at Cessna?

Endless!! Not only does Cessna have opportunities within the Sales field, there are open opportunities across the functional areas, including Customer Service, Engineering, Marketing, Finance and more.  New positions continue to be posted, so we encourage interested students to check the website often.  All open Cessna positions can be found at Cessna’s parent company Textron’s University Relations Job Site collegejobs.textron.com.  To view Cessna specific positions click Find a Job > Advanced Search > Recruiting Company – Cessna Aircraft > Search for Jobs.

textron logoThe opportunities go beyond Cessna to include all Textron Business Units.  Textron is the parent company of Cessna Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Kautex, EZGO, Greenlee Tools, Jacobsen, Textron Systems and Textron Financial.  The Textron enterprise continues to grow as more companies are added to our family.   Students can explore positions at each of the Business Units, and their openings can be found by visiting Textron’s University Relations Job Site: collegejobs.textron.com.

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