Identifying companies that will be the right fit for you!

By: Sally Richards

Spend some quality time using a variety of resources searching for companies and researching those companies forsearch companies potential career employment. It is important to determine which company is right for you and if you are right for that company. Searching and researching go hand in hand.

You may already have a group of companies you are familiar with that you think are your targeted companies…but what about the other thousands of companies, contractors, agencies and organizations that you aren’t familiar with and may have overlooked?

Many job seekers tend to want a list of prospective employers, but that doesn’t address an individual’s preferences, goals, interests, experiences, background or desires. Based on your academic degree and passion, determine the general industry or focus that fits your education or your ideals and desires.

So, where can you begin to search for and research companies?

Take advantage of Embry-Riddle’s Career Services resources for your initial landing site.

  • Embry-Riddle Career Services website: http://careers.erau.edu/
    • Useful Links (Links to 100s of corporate websites, government agency websites, specific population websites, job search engines)
  • EagleHire via Ernie (Research potential employers)
  • Company presentations on-campus (Learn about companies directly from company representatives)
  • Career Services Organization on Bb > External Links
    • Career Shift (Company information and contacts from a compilation of job boards)
    • Going Global (Corporate profiles for worldwide companies in various industries)
    • AWIN, Aviation Week Intelligence Network including the World Aviation Directory also called the WAD (Utilized to conduct company research)
  • Embry-Riddle Hunt Memorial Library
    • Hoover’s – ProQuest Central online database/Publications Search for Hoover’s (Company information)
    • Business Insights: Essentials online database (Business profiles)
    • Business Source Complete online database (Business profiles)
    • AWIN -Aviation Week Intelligence Network including World Aviation Directory online database called the WAD (Utilized to conduct company research)
  • Corporate Company websites
  • Government Agency websites
  • Networking, contacts and connections
  • Social Media (LinkedIn-professional networking; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Instagram)
  • Google searches on companies
  • Magazine articles
  • Trade Publications (Employers industry activity; contributions related to their field and organization)
  • Professional Associations (See how employers contribute to the profession)
  • Advertisements (Marketing information may be a key to how successful a company is in business)
  • Conferences (Opportunities to talk with company representatives attending professional conferences)
  • Faculty (Connections to industry from research and prior careers)
  • Databases (Targeted business profiles and information)
    • Dun & Bradstreet

Now that you know where to search for companies and view their profiles, you’ll be able to decide with confidence whether the company culture, growth, strategies, goals, policies, values, and mission of the company align with your current and future expectations. Discovering additional companies outside your initial handful expands your employment potential and opportunity for success.

Once you’ve searched, researched, and concluded a company is right for you, hence, earn your paycheck from, you’ll still have to apply, interview and be selected for a position. Remember, it is 100% your choice to apply to companies in which you have an interest and it is also 100% your choice whether you accept a company or organization’s offer of employment. Your choice will be based on an educated decision!

Sally Richards has 30 years of experience in higher education with a proven track record in Career Services. Sally started her career with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Aeronautical Engineering Department.  Currently as the Career Services Cooperative Education/Internship Program Manager, she manages and facilitates operations of the Co-op/Intern Program for the team of Program Managers and ensures adherence of Co-op policies and procedures while overseeing conflict resolution for co-op situations. Her credentials include aviation/airline industry experience in flight recruiting, maintenance planning and passenger service with two major airlines and one regional carrier, as well as studies at Kent State University in Ohio.

Advantages of Job Shadowing

By: Sandi OhmanJob Shadowing

What is job shadowing? As the name implies job shadowing is the process of following, like a shadow, another person in a specific job or career position/field/industry. For someone who is looking to find out about a specific career path, this is an excellent opportunity to see what the job is like over a short period of time. This activity can typically last a few hours, a day, or a week. Job shadowing is encouraged for middle and high-school aged students, as they learn about different career paths. However it is not just for this group, as college students, and people looking to switch careers could find this activity very useful. Job shadowing is also an extension of informational interviewing http://careers.erau.edu/land-offer/interviewing/informational-interviewing/index.html

The obvious advantage of job shadowing is that it allows a person to learn about specific career paths, as mentioned above. Learning about skills needed for specific careers is another advantage of job shadowing. An additional advantage is being able to learn more about a specific company and its culture. This could help determine if this is a company they really want to work for in the future. While this can be hard to determine in a few hours or even days, it is still a good view into possible career fields, which can promote further questions, research, and/or evaluation.

Where should someone start the search for job shadowing opportunities?

  • Check the Career Services Office for connections in the career area of interest. Many times they work with alumni in a specific career area of interest as well as companies that typically recruit specific career areas.
  • Local companies that offer careers in the area(s) of interest
  • If a current student or an alumnus, ask faculty who teach in the areas of interest if they would recommend a contact
  • Personal network – people know people in all areas of careers. Don’t underestimate connections!
  • Professional organizations could offer excellent connections for job shadowing opportunities – conferences, events, membership directories or other members

For more detailed information regarding Job Shadowing, check out the Quintessential Careers blog, Research Companies and Careers Through Job Shadowing (http://www.quintcareers.com/job_shadowing.html)

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Dressing for Success

By: Brian Carhide

professional dressIt is the beginning of the fall 2014 semester and the campuses are buzzing with excitement and Eagle Pride! Many of the seasoned students know that the fall semester is the time to dust off the suit and shine the shoes. On Thursday October 2, 2014 and Wednesday October 8, 2014, respectively, the Prescott and Daytona Beach campuses will be hosting their annual Industry/Career Expo. The events are professional dress events and to those who have experienced the Industry/Career Expo know that looking your best is essential to success.

If you are attending the Expo and whether you are seeking a job or just networking, we encourage professional dress to make that crucial first impression count. Dressing professionally not only shows an employer you mean business, but it exudes confidence. It lets the employer know that you are serious about being a part of their team. The aviation/aerospace industry expectations are that of basic colors, clean look, and conservative styles. Below are some general guidelines for both male and female expo dress:

Female

The Suit

  • Fabric: the best choice is 100% wool
  • A suit with a knee-length skirt and a tailored blouse is most appropriate
  • The most suitable colors include charcoal, medium gray, steel gray, black, and navy blue
  • Jackets should be simple, well-tailored and stylish, and fall just at the hips
  • Jackets should have smooth seams, even hemlines, correctly hanging linings, and well-sewn buttons

The Skirt

  • A skirt should fall just at or no more than 2” above the knee; stick with solid colors
  • A one-piece business dress with a matching jacket is popular

The Blouse

  • It is best to wear long sleeves; it projects an authoritative, professional look
  • Never wear a sleeveless blouse
  • Solid colors and natural fabrics are the best selections (particularly cotton and silk)
  • Acceptable colors include white and cream. Pale pink, soft yellow or light blue (only if it works with the overall look)
  • A classic softened collar works best with suits. The button-down collar should be worn when interviewing with a conservative company

The Shoes

  • They should preferably be leather
  • Colors; brown, black, navy, or burgundy
  • The color should always be the same as or a darker tone than your skirt
  • Flats are fine; a shoe with a heel of up to about 2 ½ “ is perfectly acceptable
  • The pump is the safest and most conservative look; a closed heel with a slightly open toe and the sling-back shoe with a closed toe are also acceptable

Male

The Suit

  • The most acceptable colors are navy through medium blue and black through charcoal
  • Fabric should be 100% wool. Why? Wool looks and wears better than any other material
  • Pinstripes are acceptable, so long as the stripes are very narrow and muted
  • A well-fitted two-piece suit is preferable; more refined, less showy
  • There should be no pull at the jacket shoulders, no gape at the back, and the cuffs should break at your wrists

The Shirt

  • Rule One: Always wear a long-sleeved shirt
  • Rule Two: Always wear a white, cream, or pale blue shirt
  • Rule Three: Never violate Rules One or Two
  • Remember, the paler and more subtle the shade, the better the impression you will make
  • Make sure your shirt fits properly; the collar should fit the neck properly

The Neckwear (Ties)

  • A pure silk tie makes the most powerful professional impact, has the best finish and feel, and is the easiest to tie
  • When tied, the tie should cover the belt buckle
  • Most appropriate knots are: Four-in-Hand, Windsor, and Half Windsor

The Shoes

  • They should either be black or brown
  • Lace-up wing tips are the most conservative choice and are most universally accepted

For additional resources on dress visit: http://careers.erau.edu/land-offer/interviewing/prepare/index.html

The career services office wants you to be successful, and if you do not have a suit or are not seeking a job or internship, we still encourage you to dress professionally. Please refrain from wearing items such as shorts, t-shirts, blue (or any other color) jeans, sandals, etc. (military and religious attire is acceptable). If you are not dressed in a suitable manner, you will be asked to change and return to the event. It is in your best interest to be dressed appropriately and save the shorts and flip flops for after the event.

Have a great semester and we look forward to seeing you in October at the Industry/Career Expo!

Brian Carhide has more than 20 years of professional aviation experience. He spent many years as a professional pilot, including experience as a charter and airline pilot. He has been a leader in guiding young aviators in higher education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is the Executive Director of Career Services.

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.

 

Cover Letter Tip: How to find a name to address letter

By: Lauren Burmester & Stephanie Rozboril

Cover Letter2If you have found a position you are ready to apply for and are working on your cover letter you may have hit that all important line which requires you have someone to address this to. If your sudden scramble stems from the fact that you have no clue, don’t worry, there are several ways to handle this problem and get this letter on its way.

  1. EagleHire: If you found the job in EagleHire chances are the contact information is already included with the job posting
  2. Company Website: Take a look at the company’s website and see if there is an employee directory or a list of executives or managers available
  3. Internet Search: Conduct an internet search by using the name of the company and key words such as: recruiter, hiring manager, human resources, etc. Consider searching for the company on LinkedIn to locate the hiring manager’s name.
  4. Cold Call: Call the company’s Human Resources Department and simply ask for the contact information for the recruiter in charge of the job you are applying to
  5. Career Services Office: Contact your Career Services Advisor to see if they are familiar with the recruitment department for that company
  6. Generic Greeting: If all else fails use a generic greeting such as: Dear Hiring Manager, Dear Human Resources Director, or Dear Sir/Madam. These terms cover all the possibilities far better than “To whom it may concern” which is impersonal.

Taking initiative and finding a name to address your letter to shows the hiring manager that you are very interested in the position and you have put in the time and effort to make it right. This makes for a strong impression, before the letter is even read!

Sample cover letters are available on the Career Services website

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.

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.

 

Resume Tip: Remove Clichés and Fluff from the Resume

deletebuttonpicRecently there has been press about an overabundance of overly used words on resumes “Experience” and “LinkedIn,” like detail-oriented, driven and team player, to name a few.  While some of these words can be useful, you need to eliminate as much as possible the clichés or fluff words from your resume, job search documentation or online profiles to ensure that readers see your value.

As you build or evaluate your resume, you should keep wording that establishes your expertise and accomplishments, enhances the document or further clarifies information.  Otherwise, remove the words or phrases that do not further your candidacy for employment (aka fluff) or that seem to be on everyone else’s resume (clichés).

Now, having common wording or a few fluffy words on the resume is not typically a deal breaker, but it probably leaves less-than-desirable impressions on the reader.  First, a list of overly common words may lead to assumptions that you can’t think outside of the box or be creative and that you may not really know how you can help the company’s bottom line.  Second, filler words make it harder for a reader to understand what you want to communication and forces them to weed through the extras to get to the point.  Third, an inability to deliver on the resume may signal to the reader that you have poor communication, persuasion or other skills that a company may expect from a candidate.

Companies expect candidates to communicate clearly and effectively, so avoid using empty filler on your resume.  Instead, use clear, concise, powerful wording that conveys your value to a potential employer.

Resume Tip: Length of a Resume

By: Sandi Ohman

Due to technology innovations, the job application process is not as clear cut as it has been in years past. One process that has been impacted is the length of the resume. Some conflicting examples are:resume length3

–          One page resume is enough, while others say two pages are required to properly show off accomplishments and help the candidate stand out.

–          A one page resume is appropriate if the candidate has less than five years of experience; five years or more can have a two page resume

–          Three pages is okay if the candidate is applying online

These examples can be confusing, prompting questions such as: When is a two page or more resume okay? How can everything fit on one page, especially if incorporating keywords from a job description?

It is hard to clearly answer each scenario since there are a lot of ‘if …, then …’ in each question. Here are some brief answers that can be used as a basic guide:

  1. Student or recent graduate, little to no work experience
    • One page resume is ideal if giving a hard copy resume to a recruiter/manager
    • When applying on-line, two or more pages are okay, as long as the resume content is relevant. This allows for keywords to be incorporated and help the resume make it through filter systems
  1. Non-traditional student, possibly previous military experience
    • Two page hard copy resume is more commonly acceptable but make sure the content is relevant to the position
    • Two page plus resume when applying online is acceptable
  1. Alumnus with experience
    • One to two page resume, depending on the relevancy of the experience to the position being applied to
    • Two page plus for an online resume is common
  1. Alumnus making a career change
    • Scale the resume back to one page, showing relevant experience to the new career, as well as special training that demonstrates skills in the new career area
  1. Federal Resume
    • This is an online resume that is numerous pages. It is best to use the resume wizard/builder in the USAjobs.gov website, and page length won’t matter

What if the resume is more than a page but not two complete pages? An online application whether there is a page and a quarter or a page and three quarters, or two full pages, length is typically not a problem. However, hard copy resumes either need to be one full page, leaving some white space, or as close to two pages as possible. Ask a professional for their feedback on how to fill in the resume more if it is shorter than two pages and a hard copy resume is needed.

While most companies expect resumes, fewer professions in the US require curriculum vitae (CV). CV’s are more often a minimum of two pages, but typically more than two pages. More information on CV’s can be found on the Career Services website found at http://careers.erau.edu/

Resumes are always changing, whether format, length or content. Keep in mind the most effective resumes are tailored for each position, whether that means one or two pages.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Tips For Your Next Video Interview

By: Emily Ferraro

video interviewingWhen seeking an internship or job opportunity, candidates seeking the position are hopeful for an in-person interview. More often than not, companies will conduct quite a few rounds of different interviews before bringing candidates to the company for a meeting. A popular choice for recruiters to begin the screening process is to call candidates for a phone interview. Additionally, with the ease of virtual interactions, video interviewing has become a prevalent form of screening as well. Here are some things to consider when you are asked to participate in a video interview:

First and foremost, ask the right questions:

And be prepared! In order to get ready for the interview, you will want to know what platform the company is using. Skype and Google Hangout are most commonly used, but there are so many other programs or apps that the company could use to conduct the interview. Ask for confirmation details if it is unclear as to what program they are using. Two things are crucial:

  1. Make sure that you have the correct application/program information as well as the username of the contact with whom you will be in touch with.
  2. Be sure to download and add the program well in advance. Also, add the user’s information to your contact list to prevent any missed or blocked calls. Practice using the software and make a call to a friend to make sure it works on your end.

Next, work out the logistics to set-up proper surroundings for the interview by:

  • Finding an area with strong Wi-Fi connection (or accessible Ethernet outlet)
  • Selecting a room with good and consistent lighting, non-cluttered walls, and distanced from noisy and distracting areas
  • Making a practice call and checking on the sound quality. Tip: Use headphones with a microphone to reduce echo noise
  • Preparing your outfit in advance. This is just like an in-person interview so make sure that you are dressed to impress. On camera, it’s best to avoid bright colors and patterns. Stick with the black/neutrals and look polished.

Last-minute reminders:

  • Turn-off all web browsers and open pages on your computer so there are no pop-ups or sounds
  • Leave phone off or put on airplane mode/silence
  • Remind your surrounding friends or family that you are busy and ask to not be disturbed
  • Make a sign for the door to let others know not to disturb you during the interview
  • Keep your portfolio in front of you with your resume, job description, and prepared questions to ask the interviewer(s)

For more information on interviewing, please visit the Career Services website at www.careers.erau.edu.

Emily Ferraro is new to the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and serves as the Program Manager for undergraduate Aerospace Engineering students. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies as well as her Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction specializing in College Student Affairs at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Emily enjoys working with students to help them achieve their personal and professional career goals and specializes in topics such as personal branding and resume writing.

Resume Tip: GPA

GPAListing your GPA on your resume is typically suggested practice. If you choose to leave the GPA off your resume, then be prepared to be able to answer why your GPA is not listed. Some companies screen by GPA and having it on your resume could increase your chances for an interview. If your GPA is low, then it is a judgment call if you want to list it.

Additional Tip: If your major GPA is higher than your cumulative GPA, then you could list both on your resume.

Sample resumes are available on the Career Services website (http://careers.erau.edu/).

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: http://blog.quintcareers.com/college-grad-resume-checklist/

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.

 

 

 

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