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.

Researching Companies in Preparation for the Industry/Career Expo

By Lauren BurmesterResearching Companies

The Industry/Career Expo is approaching quickly.  Prescott’s Expo will be held on Thursday, October 2 and the Daytona Beach Expo will be held Wednesday, October 8th, giving you less than a month to prepare. Now is the time to start thinking about what to and how you will prepare for the expo. Below is a list of items you should be doing to prepare:

  • Prepare a resume
  • Review registered employers
  • Research companies
  • Prioritize who you want to see
  • Review your Skills and Strengths
  • Develop and rehearse an Elevator Pitch
  • Plan ahead what you will wear

One of the biggest complaints we receive from employers at expo is that students do not know anything about their company. If you anticipate speaking with employers at expo it is essential that you do research on the company ahead of time. A list of employers is available on EagleHire as well as in our new Embry-Riddle Career Fair Plus app available for free download on IPhone and Android phones. Each employer registered for the expo has a profile which will give a brief explanation of their company and what areas they are looking to recruit. This information will only give you a basic understanding of the company; however, it will assist with creating a target list of employers to speak with.

Once you have created your targeted list begin researching the companies to find out as much as possible about them. You can often learn about a company’s history, read annual reports/reviews, read about their culture, and their strategic plan through the internet. As you learn about the companies evaluate whether you feel you would be a “good fit” for their organization. You will learn a lot about yourself, your values, and your professional desires as you do this. Remember, not only are the employers there to see if you are a good fit, but you are there to see if they are a good fit for you as well.

There are multiple avenues to research a company, not just through the company’s website. Google a company or visit Glassdoor.com. You’ll find company reviews, ratings, salaries, CEO approval rating, competitors, content providers, and more company information. Use LinkedIn‘s companies section as a tool to find company information. Search by keyword or browse industry information. You’ll be able see your connections at the company, new hires, promotions, jobs posted, related companies, and company statistics.

Now that you have made your targeted list of companies and done research on them you will be comfortable and have the confidence to approach the recruiters. There will be a variety of HR Professionals, hiring managers, and recruiters at the expo. They are all there to promote their organization and find potential candidates for future jobs or internships. Like anywhere, you will notice many different personality styles as you approach different employer booths. Do not be intimidated and make assumptions about who you are approaching. Approach everyone with confidence, a smile, strong handshake and your Elevator Pitch so you can show them you are the right fit for their company.

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.

Conducting Research on a Company

By Kristy Amburgey

thCAI715Z9Company research is one of the most important yet overlooked tasks of a job search.  The art of research allows job seekers to go beyond a few known facts to truly develop a career plan.  Research should be a comprehensive examination of a company, its culture, its products and its people.

Why conduct research?

Knowledge and the job search process go hand-in-hand.  The more you know about a company, the more successful you will be during the networking, application and interview process.  The more information you have on a company, the easier it will be to make informed decisions.

Research is more than beneficial in many ways.  It helps you target companies and opportunities that intersect with your background, experiences and interests.  Thorough research helps you to network more easily as you have a picture of the company and can speak to its goals, benefits, etc.  Research also helps you to create customized resumes and job search documents.  Research more than helps you during an interview process as you answer questions and converse in such a way that the company knows you have an insider perspective on their organization.  Research allows you to take charge of your job search.

What do you research?

Research of a company can involve many different features.  The extent of research depends on where you are in the job search process.  If you are selecting a degree, more general research and a review of job opportunities/descriptions are helpful; talking to people who work in the job type you want to pursue is beneficial.  If you are interviewing with a company, you need to dig deep and really get into the company as you should be able to relate your experiences and accomplishments to the company’s needs.  In general, though, you should research the following areas, varying the focus depending on the stage you are at in your education and job search.

  • Overall company insight: the company website, specifically the “About Us” part; external publications and articles; sites like Glassdoor or Hoovers; and general research are beneficial to get an overall perspective of the company
  • Products/Services: in aviation and aerospace, you may already know what products a company offers, but you need to have the full picture of what they do, what areas they impact and what they successfully accomplish
  • Financials: although not all career types need this information, it is important to understand how the company is doing financially (or however they might measure success); you may be able to find annual reports with this content, or you may be able to review filings for publically traded companies
  • Opportunities: find out what jobs or co-ops/internships they offer and read the descriptions that most interest you; this step will also help you narrow down your career options
  • Culture: each company has a set of values and goals that affect the entire operation; understand how the group’s culture fits with your career goals and values
  • Reputation: research also yields a varying array of feedback and comments that might impact your decision; do an internet search for this type of insight, always taking things with a grain of salt
  • People: some companies have “star” CEOs and leaders, and you need to know about these people; also understand who might work in your department, specifically, to get a picture of how you fit into the organization
  • Competition: the idea that you do some recon for a prospective employer may be jumping the gun, but you need to have an accurate picture of who else is out there that may impact the company’s ability to get contracts, make sales or showcase emerging technologies

How do you research?

Research is most strong when you pull from multiple sources.  Rely on the company website but move beyond using that as your only source of information.  Additional ideas on how to research include the following.

  • Company website
  • Press releases
  • People/your connections
  • LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter, if applicable
  • News resources like Forbes, Fortune or the Wall Street Journal
  • Industry or trade publications
  • SEC or quarterly filings
  • Glassdoor, Hoovers, Vault, WetFeet, etc.
  • Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau
  • Blogs (search for related blogs at Google Blog Search)
  • And many more options

As you research a company, you should develop your own organizational system to keep track of the details.  You may find that a simple list of facts is most helpful, or you may want to bookmark the best webpages for easy reference.  However you effectively organize information, ensure that you can easily reference your research as you decide to apply for a position, meet a new contact, compose a resume or interview with a company.

If knowledge is power, then you want to put yourself in the best position possible to be as savvy as possible about a company for which you want to work.

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.

Informational Interviewing for Fact-finding and Networking

By: Sandi Ohman

t1larg_info_interview_tsHave you met someone and thought, “Wow, their job seems very interesting.  I wonder how they got there and what they do in their position.”  If so, then an informational interview is a good way to find out about a career path, position, or company.

Informational interviews are facilitated by the person looking for a career, and the person being interviewed is the person in that career path or specific position.  The interviewer will ask the interviewee questions about his or her job, specific education, experience level and skills needed, challenges and interesting aspects of the position, companies to consider and any other questions about this industry/career path/position.  The end of the interview is a good time to ask the professional being interviewed to review a resume for areas of strength and weakness and what should be focused on to be competitive.

Informational interviewing is also an excellent networking tool.  Professionals are not usually as open to forwarding a resume on to a recruiter or hiring manager unless they have some knowledge of the person.  By beginning a networking relationship with industry professionals through informational interviews, they get to know the person’s interest and skills a little better and feel more comfortable recommending, to HR or a hiring manager, a resume for a position in their company.

Questions to get started:

How should you request an informational interview?  Reaching out to the person directly or being introduced by a mutual third party are two good ways.

If you don’t know someone in the industry, how can you find someone to interview?  Consider reaching out through groups in LinkedIn, such as ERAU Career Services group, ERAU Alumni group, or other professional groups in which you are a member.  Visit eaglesNEST to connect with an industry representative or identify a position you are interested in pursuing.  If you are a Daytona Beach or Prescott student or recent graduate, you can work with your Career Services program manager to see if she has any connections related to your industry/career path.  Finally, don’t overlook professors or administrators at your campus.  They are excellent people to start building your professional network with, to interview if they have worked in the industry and to see if they have recommendations for people with which to conduct informational interviews (and contacts too).

For more information on this topic, visit the Career Services Office website for Informational Interviewing.

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.

Companies Attending Tomorrow’s ERAU Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach, FL

er013The Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9!

Industry/Career Expo: Wednesday, October 9 in the ICI Center from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

See below for a list of the employers who will be in attendance, collecting resumes and/or speaking with candidates regarding full-time and co-op/internship positions. Click on the company’s link to visit the website to learn more about the employer and specific career opportunities that are available.

Can’t make it to the Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach? Apply directly to positions of interest on the company websites of those attending. Embry-Riddle students and alumni, you can also publish your resume to the many resume books in the EagleHire Network to get your resume to recruiters who are linked in the system.

CareerSpots Video Highlight: Interview the Interviewer

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.

Typically during an interview, a candidate is given an opportunity to ask questions.  Use this time to solidify your insight into the position and company, to show your research and knowledge, to express genuine interest in the opening and more.  Always take advantage of the question, “Do you have any questions for us?

Review interview information on the Career Services website, including sample questions to ask during your interview.

WATCH Interview the Interviewer

Interview the Interviewer

The Virtual Hiring Event Starts Today! Learn More About Participating Companies…

spot-vheThe Virtual Hiring Event starts today and runs through Thursday, February 21. See below for a list of the employers who have posted full-time positions in the EagleHire Network as part of the event. Click on each company’s link to visit their website to learn more about the company and career opportunities that may be available above and beyond those posted in the EagleHire Network.

To participate in the event, log in to your EagleHire Network account and follow the instructions under the Virtual Hiring Event logo (as seen here). Search for positions of interest and begin applying. It’s that easy!

Still need help preparing for the event?

The Internet is Your Friend

by Kristy Amburgey

I don’t know about you, but I spend time researching things online before making decisions.  Want to find the best communications provider in your city?  Want to buy a reliable vehicle?  Want to ensure you get the best deal on a new pair of shoes?  The Internet is truly your best friend when it comes to tracking down information and researching almost any topic.  Just like I would peruse the Internet before making any major decision, I highly recommend that you thoroughly research the subject of career planning and your job search.  Really, it is a necessity to conduct research on career paths, job descriptions, companies, company expectations, salaries, geographical locations and any other topic that helps you make a career decision.

For your job search, Internet research is a main-stay for your career development and job search.  I am not just talking about searching for jobs; there are so many job search resources and information available that you need to conduct a search for all your job search activities.  Do you want to know about salary information at a specific company?  Check out salary calculators and Glassdoor.com.  Want to find out more information about a company?  Hit up their websites, LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, feedback from your online connections and more. Want to learn about the wildest interview questions?  Search for it!

In addition to the multitude of Internet resources on the job search, the Career Services website has a number of useful links available.  From sample job search documents to tips on interviewing, review the content before you engage others, so you can have an advantage: knowledge.  But don’t let this list be the end of your search; go beyond just the website and search for the thousands of websites available.  Research and knowledge is one of the most important tools you can use during your job search, so take charge and learn as much as possible, especially before you approach a person for further clarity and feedback.

Certainly, you can’t dispute the power of people and face-to-face interactions (hey, that is the entire premise of networking, which is the most powerful job search tool), but you should go armed with as much information as possible before you approach your network or fellow knowledge sharers.  This step allows you to ask better, more meaningfully questions, and it allows you to come across as knowledgeable in the subject, all important qualities to showcase while searching for a job.  Do your due diligence on any subject matter to also ensure you can wade through the many different opinions and feedback to develop your own perspective instead of relying on one point of view to base your decision.

The Internet brings a constant flow of information to you in pretty much any format you desire.  This flow of information can be wonderful and vexing all at the same time.  For your career development and job search, you must stay on top of the constant flow of information by using both Internet research and the power of your network to make good, well-thought out decisions about your future.  Use the Internet – it is your friend.

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.

Companies Attending Tomorrow’s ERAU Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach, FL

ERAU Industry/Career Expo Daytona BeachThe Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo is tomorrow! 

See below for a list of the employers who will be in attendance, collecting resumes and speaking with candidates regarding full-time and co-op/internship positions. Click on each company’s link to visit their website to learn more about the company and specific career opportunities that are available.

Can’t make it to the Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach? Apply directly to positions of interest on  the company websites of those attending. You may also publish your resume to the many resume books in the EagleHire Network to get your resume to recruiters who are linked in the system.

Still need help preparing for the event? Check out the Last Minute Expo Preparation presentation.

Where’s the List?!?

by Adriana Hall & Valerie Kielmovitch

People love lists…they like making to-do lists, they watch David Letterman give a top ten list every night, and they find grocery lists to be useful.

What about a list of employers to target during a job search, employers who will hire you based on your specific circumstances?  That would be a great list to have!  We often have students ask Career Services for a list of employers who are hiring, but the truth is that you can make your own list.  Every job seeker should have a list of targeted companies to help guide him or her through the job search process.

Formulating your list of employers will take time and patience. To set you on the right track,  here are a few resources that we suggest you use to create your list.

  • EagleHire Network – career management system with a database in which companies and Career Services post both full-time and internship positions for Embry-Riddle students and alumni. Once logged in to EagleHire, you can conduct employer searches based on various criteria and identify companies that may be interested in your education, skills, and experience
  • CareerShift – job/internship search engine that can be accessed through the EagleHire Network; it is especially valuable for those searching based on geographical location. It also allows students and alumni to search company contact information and track their job search efforts
  • Company-specific Websites – search company career pages for opportunities
  • LinkedIn – professional networking site with job postings and groups to join. We recommend that you join the Embry-Riddle Career Services group along with those groups related to your field of study and interests
  • Networking – connect with those around you, including your fellow classmates
  • Industry/Career Expo – October 10, 2010 from 9am-4pm in the ICI Center (Check out the list of 2012 attendees)
  • Online Recruiting Events – Career Services hosts a Virtual Hiring Event in the spring, and you can take advantage of other groups offering online events
  • Professional Associations/Conferences – seek out associations to join and conferences to attend; many of the associations have job opportunity sections and lists of their industry members and conference attendees
  • On-Campus Visits – stay up-to-date on what employers will be on campus giving an information session and/or interviewing for open positions
  • Home Country – if you are a citizen of another country, conduct research about other countries’ bi-lateral agreements with your own country
  • Home Stateresearch companies in your home town/state. Again, CareerShift is a great resource for these efforts
  • Going Global – all students and alumni have access to this database through the EagleHire Network, which hosts an H1B section that summarizes a list of companies from the Department of Labor who have requested H1Bs in the past
  • Internet – there are many resources, but a good one to start with is myvisajobs.com, which discusses information about H1B visas, green cards and work visas and contains information on preparing for a job search in the U.S.
  • Faculty – talk to faculty; let them know your career aspirations and ask if they know of any companies that may be a match

Once your list is developed, you want to effectively use it to search for co-op/internship or full-time job opportunities.  Your list can guide you through many of the basic job search methods, including networking, researching, preparing, interviewing and more.  For research purposes, you can spend your time wisely learning about your top companies and their culture, developments and resume and interview preferences.  You can focus your networking efforts on people who are working at or have connections to your targeted companies.  Many of the more advanced company applicant tracking systems allow you to set up a job feed, so you automatically get a list of opportunities in your inbox.  Use the list throughout your search but be ready to adapt it based on your changing needs and priorities such as a new geographical preference or a new career goal.

Your targeted company list can be consistent, or it can constantly evolve.  There are many reasons to regularly re-evaluate your targeted company list, but the main, overreaching reason is that companies have changing needs just like you do.  Other reasons include new product development, different company focuses, varying government contracts and company regulations that change on a frequent basis.    For example, a company may advertise desirable jobs, but the organization may lose out on its bid to obtain a contract, which means that those job opportunities are no longer available.  In other scenarios, a company may advertise opportunities open to non-U.S. citizens, but the next day the opportunities may change due to restrictions imposed by various governing agencies.  It is imperative that you stay up-to-date on these developments, so you can revise your targeted company list based on real-time information.

Lists are part of everyone’s life, and many people rely on lists to help them through their professional and personal experiences.  For your job search experience, create your own targeted company list that enhances your abilities to conduct the search to your specifications…a list just for you.

Adriana Hall has a Bachelor of Arts in Languages (Spanish-English) from Colombia-South America and a Master of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with ERAU for 9 years. Adriana worked for the Department of State in Colombia at the United States Embassy before moving to the U.S.

Valerie Kielmovitch has been working as a Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for nearly two years.  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.

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