Annual Industry/Career Expo Reminders

The annual Industry/Career Expo’s at both residential campuses are open to all ERAU students and alumni.  To learn more information about these events please visit our website: http://careers.erau.edu/events/

Prescott Expo - 2014

Thursday, Oct. 2 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm in Prescott, AZ

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Wednesday, Oct. 8 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in Daytona Beach, FL

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Welcome to the 2014-2015 Academic Year!

WelcomeThe Career Services Office would like to welcome new and returning students to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  The Career Services Office hosts a variety of events during the academic year including presentations, company visits and of course the Industry/Career Expo. To ensure you are taking advantage of all the opportunities presented to you, please take into consideration the following:

  • Ask for help if needed – There are tons of resources and services at ERAU so if you need assistance, make sure you ask for help.
  • Be proactive – Ensure you are scheduling upcoming presentations/events in an organizer/planner to not miss an opportunity to learn more about possible career opportunities!
  • Get involved – Join student organizations/clubs to engage in a passion or develop leadership skills.
  • Time management is necessary – Maintaining a good GPA is key so ensure you are putting time into your classes.
  • Set goals – These could include wanting to explore internships/co-ops, or participating in research.

To learn more about Career Services, please visit our website at http://careers.erau.edu/

 

 

Good Manners Matter When Job-Hunting

Dr. Randall Hansen posted a great article on the Quintessential Careers Blog in regards to showcasing good manners during the job search process.

Quint CareersBelow is the article:

Manners are one of the quickest methods for job-seekers to be remembered by employers.  Having outstanding manners will make your behaviors stand out from other applicants; while bad manners will do the same – only not the way you are hoping for!

If you are the best candidate for a job, should manners matter? Of course! Employers are looking for the best all-around candidate — someone who is best qualified for the job, yes, but one who can also fit into the corporate culture of the organization and who can work cooperatively with others.

Having good manners does not necessarily mean you will fit the employer’s criteria, but having bad manners is a strong indicator of future troubles.

So, when job-hunting, what are some of the good manners you should be showcasing? Here are 10 to consider:

  1. Politeness. Treating all people you meet with courtesy and respect.
  2. Dressing Properly. Wearing attire that matches the culture of the organization and job you seek.
  3. Punctuality. Arriving to interviews on time (and ideally, a bit early — but not WAY early).
  4. Listening. Conversing in a way that you are not interrupting or asking questions on topics already discussed.
  5. Knowledgeable. Researching the employer can showcase your insights, but also shows respect.
  6. Upbeat. Focusing positive energy and enthusiasm for the job/employer regardless of the mood you happen to be in.
  7. Communicate. Conversing for business is MUCH different than informal communications. Keep your talk and email formal.
  8. Avoid Interruptions. Checking your cell phone during a job interview is the fastest way to remembered — for the WRONG reasons.
  9. Table Graces. Interviewing over a meal or a drink has serious rules of engagement, so make sure you know them!
  10. Show Appreciation. Thanking everyone who interviews or assists you may seem excessive, but it goes a LONG way.

To read the full article, please visit the Quintessential Careers Blog: http://www.quintcareers.com/job-hunting_etiquette_tips.html

Cover Letter Tips: Call to Action

By: Stephanie Rozboril

Call to ActionWhen writing a cover letter it is important to conclude by letting the employer or recruiter know what they can expect next. You have given a review of why you are interested and your qualifications, but you need to summarize by effectively communicating your expectations for what’s to come. There are two ways to handle this:

Taking ownership– Put yourself in control by making statements like “I will make contact after the position close date to discuss the opportunity to interview” Pros: Shows you are serious about the job, and that it is something you are willing to continue to pursue past sending the cover letter, resume, and possible application. Cons: May seem to forward to the recruiter or hiring manager, especially if you are not a suitable candidate.

Placing follow-up in reviewer’s hands– Let the one in charge of hiring make the choice with a statement like “ I look forward to hearing from you”, or “Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in discussing my skills and qualifications further”. Pros: Allows the recruiter or hiring manager the control to make the decision whether or not to make contact, after deciding if your resume and cover letter are strong enough to make you a candidate. Cons: Could send the message that you are not as interested in the job, also places more responsibility on the company to make follow up calls when they may several positions accepting candidates at the same time.

Either way you decide to end the letter, make sure that whatever you say you stick to. Don’t say you will call and then don’t… this could ruin your chances, especially if they were anticipating a call.

For sample cover letters for many disciplines visit our Career Services Website at http://careers.erau.edu/land-offer/references-letters/index.html.

For example closing statements: http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-phrases-close-cover-letter-land-interview/

Stephanie Rozboril is new to the career services office and serves as the engineering program manager and also supports our homeland security, space physics, computer science, and computational mathematics students. She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2012, where she worked in the Alumni Relations Office supporting future and current graduates. Stephanie enjoys working with students to help them achieve their professional goals and become successful in today’s competitive job market.

 

Need Some Inspiration?

quotes1Searching for a co-op/internship and/or full-time position can sometimes be discouraging.  Here are some of the favorite inspirational quotes from the Daytona Beach Career Services staff to keep in mind when you are feeling discouraged.

“That which does not kill us, makes us stronger” – German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche

“Just keep swimming” –Dory from Finding Nemo

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”–Winston Churchill

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” –Thomas Jefferson

“Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that will ever happen to us” –Nicole Reed

“Success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation.” –Unknown

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious” –John Scully

“Every experience prepares you for the next one. You just don’t ever know what the next one is going to be.” –Unknown

“Trust that when the answer is no, there’s a better yes down the road.” –Unknown

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.  The important thing is not to stop questioning.” –Albert Einstein

“FAIL – First Attempt In Learning” –Unknown

“Life is a journey, not a destination” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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