Use Simple Items to Show Professionalism

med234025As you know, employers are developing impressions and opinions about you, starting with the first time they get an email from you, read that email and open your resume document. Since first impressions are hard to mend, here are a few simple, yet professional, changes you can make.

Ensure that your email address is professional; avoid anything cute, silly, odd or suggestive – keep those fun email addresses for your friends and family
Bonus tip: select an email address that has your name listed in it so that a potential employer can visualize your name one more time; when selecting an email address, remember that people can confuse the letter “O” with a zero and the lowercase letter “l” with the number one (underscores can also be missed as well)

Use your email signature to provide your name and contact information and avoid using images, quotes and other add-ons that can be interpreted as unprofessional
Bonus tip: inserted images, from a signature-based business card to a cute airplane picture, can send emails to SPAM or junk filters

Select an appropriate name for your resume and cover letter documents; the documents should be labeled with your name, document type (resume, cover letter or references, for example) and job title if applicable
Bonus tip: some employers do not open attachments or prefer not to receive attachments; if this is the case, you will want to save your resume as a text file, which removes most formatting, and insert it into the body of the email


Resume Tip: Language Skills Section

Thank you in different languagesLanguage skills are a valued commodity for many companies and should be included on a resume. With languages, you can create a section dedicated to that function, or you can include it in an overall “Skills” section.

If you include a language on your resume, you need to be proficient in it. If you can speak the language but not read or write it, specify your actual abilities with that language, possibly by listing different comprehension levels.

Additional tips:
If your native language is English and live in the United States, please do not include that as a language skill.  If you are from the United States but are seeking employment in a global location, you can list English as a language skill.  If you are from a location that does not speak English as a native language, please include English as a language skill.

Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (

New College Grad Ultimate Checklist for Resume Success

Dr. Randall Hansen posted a great article on the Quintessential Careers Blog in regards to a new college grad checklist for creating the best resume for the job search.

Here is the article in its entirety.

Quint CareersReview your resume for these best practices:

I have…

Not used a resume template to create my resume;
Used standard fonts (no more than 2) in normal size (11-12 pt.);
Placed my name at the top my resume in a bold style;
Listed the best two methods to reach me (typically cell, email);
Used a professional/appropriate email address; no Yahoo or “babydoll;”
A well-formed headline and/or branding statement;
A Summary of Qualifications section with 3-4 targeted bullet points;
An Education section that follows next, containing only my college experience;
An Education section that lists my college degree, honors and awards, and GPA (if above a 3.0);
An Experience section that follows next, listing all relevant entries in reverse chronological order;
Included relevant jobs, internships, and volunteering in my Experience section;
Listed each experience entry by the job title, employer, city, state, and start/end dates;
Written 3-4 bulleted phrases for each experience — highlighting my accomplishments, not duties;
Started each experience bullet point with a strong action verb;
Quantified my accomplishments, where possible;
Included extracurricular activities, only if relevant;
Kept my resume to one (full) page;
Not listed any references or names of supervisors;
Reviewed other samples of good new college graduate resumes;
Spell checked and proofread every single word on my resume;
Made refinements to my resume to help better navigate employer applicant tracking systems;
Received critiques from key people in my network and made appropriate revisions.

To read the full article, please visit the Quintessential Careers Blog:

Remember that your resume should be tailored for the specific position you are seeking.  The above are just suggestions to consider when writing your resume.




Your First Day of Work Has Arrived

By Valerie Kielmovitch

first dayYou did it! After all of the waiting and applying, you nailed the interview and accepted your first full-time position! Your first day of work has finally arrived. But how do you prepare for this momentous occasion after all the years of schooling?

Below is a list of items to consider:

  • Dress Attire – It is always better to be overdressed for your first day of work than be underdressed. Remember, your dress will be making a first impression on all of your new colleagues.
  • Personal Documents – Typically, there will be a period of filling out paperwork to ensure you receive all the benefits of the position. Ensure you remember to bring identifying documents with you on your first day, such as driver’s license, social security card, green card, I-20, etc.
  • Be Prepared – Before you wake up for your first day, make sure you know actually where you will be going. Being on time and knowing the location for your position are crucial to starting off on the right foot.
  • Lunch – It never hurts to pack a few extra items for lunch in case the company doesn’t have a cafeteria or the culture does not permit leaving during the day. However, try to ask a colleague to lunch or ask what people typically do during their lunch hour.

Remember that everyone had a first day on the job once, so do not be afraid to ask questions. Don’t pressure yourself to master your new job in a day or even a week. The learning curve will take some time, so be patient with yourself. Go in with a positive attitude and be a strong professional!

Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2010. 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.

Congratulations Graduates!

To all Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduates,

Congratulations!  We wish you the best as you embark on new adventures.  Good luck in everything you do!

Best regards,
Career Services


Ways to Get Experience and Break into Your Career Field

By Lauren Burmester

Experience picIt’s a well know paradox in the world of employment…. You need experience to get experience.

Most employers want you to have experience in the field, but you can’t get experience until you work in the field. Here are some ways to help you gain experience and break into your career while still in school.

 Internships and Cooperative Education

Internships are the most common way to gain experience while in college. Internships are usually one-term working experiences that can be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time. Internship eligibility varies by employer; typically companies are looking for above average students who show initiative and can contribute to the company positively.

Cooperative education or co-ops are typically full-time, multi-term work agreements with one organization. For example you might work for your employer the summer after your sophomore year, and the following spring and fall semesters. It is common in a co-op to rotate through different departments or projects within your organization. Internships and co-ops are a great way to learn the company culture and see if you the right fit for the working environment.

On Campus/Research Jobs

Working on campus as a student assistant or in a research position is another common way to gain experience in your field while in school. Almost all departments at a university utilize student workers. Find a student assistant position in an academic department that ties into your areas of interest to gain experience. Typically research positions are not highly advertised, so it is recommended to seek out a faculty member whose research topic is an interest to you. Additionally, organizations external to the university, such as research centers, offer undergraduate research opportunities.


Volunteering is a great way to get your foot in the door of an organization or career field. Volunteer work can be something you do as an individual, as part of club or organization involvement. You can develop skills and experience through volunteering that can be listed on your resume. Volunteering shows initiative which employers deem a highly desirable quality. Volunteer work not only helps you develop professionally, but can also be personally rewarding

 Student Associations or Clubs

Involvement in a student association or club is viewed very favorably by employers, and can be an essential qualification, such as leadership, for certain types of work and career paths. You don’t have to be president to gain leadership skills. You could be the recruiter, fundraising chair, an event planner, or secretary. The important things are what you accomplish and the skills you use and develop. Find a club or association that is relevant to your interests or career goals to further strengthen your experience in the field. Quite often members of student clubs and organization are invited to attend conferences, lectures, and industry events that can be a great opportunity to network with companies in your field.

Lauren Burmester is the Aviation Program Manager in Career Services.  She has been an employee with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2006 working in Advising and Admissions.  She completed both her Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Studies with concentrations in Aviation Safety, Space Studies, and Business Administration, as well as a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with a specialization in Safety Systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating with distinction.  Lauren’s passion for the Aviation and Aerospace industry is instrumental in assisting students achieve their personal and professional goals.


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