Intern Spotlight: Fabio An

FabioFabio An is a current Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering student and completed his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Daytona Beach, FL campus.  He is an active student on campus where he works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and is a leader with the Brazilian Student Association.  Understanding the importance of experience, Fabio worked for a full year with US Airways as an Engineering Co-op.

How did you obtain your internships with US Airways?

I found this opportunity on the Embry-Riddle EagleHire Network website. I had applied for the position through the website and was contacted by US Airways within two weeks to schedule an interview.

What were some of your responsibilities?

Fabio and wheelsAt US Airways I worked directly with three engineers: avionics, propulsion, and structural engineer. I was very fortunate to have obtained this position as I was able to gather experience from almost every aspect of the airline maintenance engineering. Working with the structural engineer, my main responsibilities were to provide repair instructions to the mechanics and ensure, mathematically, that those repairs followed FAA regulations. While working with the propulsion engineer, my main duties involved investigating the root cause for engines components failures and premature engine removals. Lastly, with the avionics engineer, I worked on projects ranging from avionics software updates to assisting in the implementation of Service Bulletins fleet wide.

What advice do you have for students interested in obtaining an internship?

Fabio with planeExtensively use the help of Career Services to ensure your resume is properly formatted and with the correct information on it. Additionally, I recommend doing mock up interviews; never be afraid to say you don’t know the answer for a specific question. I also recommend sending a signed thank you letter after the interview is done.  After I was accepted at US Airways, I asked my supervisor if he had received the letter I sent and to my surprise, out of the 40 candidates, I was the only one to have sent a thank you letter, I was told the letter was not the main reason for hiring me, but he said he was pleased to have received it.

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Welcome Back to Campus and Happy New Year!

By Brian Carhide

welcome_backThe Daytona Beach Career Services Office is looking forward to assisting you in achieving your 2014 career development goals. Remember, it is never too early to begin working with our office on your career goals. This semester will be busy, with many companies already scheduled to visit the DB campus looking to recruit top talent.  This semester’s premier event will be Career Week 360°, March 3-7…remember to mark your calendars! Please stay abreast of all our spring events by keeping up with our marketing via ERAU Connection, EagleHire, Bb, Facebook, and weekly emails.

In the meantime, here are a few tips to get started:

  • Check out the EagleHire Network calendar for events, including presentations and company information sessions, being hosted on the residential campuses
  • Periodically check the EagleHire Network for full-time and co-op/internship opportunities, paying close attention to the closing dates of the postings; the earlier you review and apply to the positions, the better off you will be
  • During the spring semester, most companies recruit their summer internship positions; ensure you are eligible to participate in the Co-op/Internship Program and search for co-op/internship opportunities via the EagleHire Network by following the instructions for your campus
  • Residential campus students, schedule an appointment with your Program Manager to discuss your future career plans and co-op/internship or full-time opportunities
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to CareerShift; CareerShift allows job seekers to search for companies within their geographical preferences, identify positions of interest from various job boards and company websites, find contact information for employers and organize your job search
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Career Spots; Career Spots allows viewing of 2-3 minute videos on topics to enhance your job seeking skills; videos on interviewing tips, job searching, internships, interview dress, and salary negotiation, to name a few, are available
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Going Global; Going Global is an excellent resource for students seeking opportunities abroad and for international students who want to learn which companies have historically provided visa sponsorships
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to Perfect Interview; Perfect Interview creates a compelling and realistic “simulated interview” experience where you are asked challenging questions and must respond, just as you would in a real job interview
  • The Going Places blog will continue to showcase Embry-Riddle’s wonderful students and alumni and their advice, and we will bring you even more articles to help in your career development

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.

Get Your Resume to Employers Attending the Industry/Career Expo!

EagleHire Network LogoStudents and alumni of Embry-Riddle, you can get your resume to employers recruiting at the Industry/Career Expos, even if you can’t attend!

Through the EagleHire Network, resume books are available allowing you to submit your resume to companies attending both Industry/Career Expos.

To publish your resume to any of the resume books in the system, log into your EagleHire Network account and mouse over “Documents” in the upper navigation bar, then select “Publish a Resume.”  You will then select from career focus-specific resume books in the system.

We are encouraging Expo exhibitors at both the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses to log in and access the resume books in the system.

Note that if you haven’t already uploaded a resume into the system, it will first need to be approved before you can publish your resume to the resume books in EagleHire.

Resume Book Tips:

  • If you already have one or more resumes published in EagleHire, double-check to make sure your documents are up to date with your current contact information and most recent experience.
  • Only submit your resume to those resume books that apply to your level of experience and areas of expertise/career focus. Submitting your resume to every resume book, including those with no relevancy to your background, will not increase your chance of getting a phone call…if anything, it may decrease your chances.
  • Be proactive – research the companies attending the Industry/Career Expos at the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses and apply online to any opportunities of interest.
  • Submit your resume to resume books even if you plan on attending the events. There are many linked employers in EagleHire who have access to log in to the system and search for resumes at any time throughout the year.

Getting the Most Out of Career Services Resources

by Adriana Hall

I recently read a quote from Tony Robbins: Success is not about your resources.  It’s about how resourceful you are with what you have.”  The Career Services team is constantly reviewing, monitoring, evaluating and shaping our resources to reflect the breadth and needs of our constituents and industries. We want you to take full advantage of the resources available to explore opportunities, discover your career goals and attributes, navigate the job search process and showcase your skills. Our office wants you to get the most out of your education by using what is available to you. Here are some tips on how to be more proactive with the resources available:

Start Early: Don’t wait until graduation to utilize the resources and services available to you. Starting early is an advantage as it allows you to fully use your time in school to develop your career plan, learn about companies and opportunities and prepare for your job search, integrating the various resources available into this process. For example, some internship programs target sophomore and junior students, so you need to be aware of the timing of the programs available by accessing the EagleHire Network to find out this information. In addition, start building your network as early as possible through resources such as career events, the Career Services LinkedIn group,  conferences, professional organizations and more.  Spread out the career development and job search process timeline by starting early using the resources you have at your full disposal.

Do your Homework:  Preparation is important, so do your homework using the resources available to take charge of your career and job search. Check out samples to enhance your resume and cover letter, research opportunities on the EagleHire Network and outside of the system, practice interviewing via Perfect Interview, participate in presentations and company information sessions and research, research, research. Not only do you want to know what resources are available to you, but you want to understand how you can take advantage of the resources to accomplish your job search homework.

Be an Active Participant: Job seekers often look at various career resources, such as job boards, every day, but many of these people are passively waiting for employers to contact them or for a hiring manager to “notice” them.  As you use the resources available to you, understand that you must put yourself out there in the job search world to achieve results. After you apply for a position, don’t just wait for a response from the company; find a contact within the company to help you find better ways to connect with the hiring personnel or follow up with the hiring manager directly to make your case for employment.  Instead of expecting your network to come to you, find ways to meaningfully help your network (sharing resources or knowledge.  Be an active participant in your own search.

Bonus Tip – Be Professional: Although not necessarily a resource, professionalism is imperative to job search success.  Without professionalism, all the smart use of resources won’t put you any closer to career growth. With this in mind, you should practice professionalism in your interactions with any campus department, with your fellow students and alumni and with all employers. This expectation includes appearance, communication, punctuality and preparedness.

Career Services provides many resources for you, and you will find many more just an internet search away. Find ways to make these resources work for you and your situation. Be resourceful and explore all your career options to put yourself in the best place possible for professional success.

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.

Happy Spring Semester!

Welcome-Back-sign-750x380Welcome back to campus!  For returning and new students, get ready for your job and internship search and/or preparation.  Here are a few tips to help you take advantage of the resources provided throughout the spring semester.

  • Check out the EagleHire Network calendar for events, including presentations and company information sessions, being hosted on the residential campuses
  • Periodically check the EagleHire Network for full-time and co-op/internship opportunities, paying close attention to the closing dates of the postings; the earlier you review and apply to the positions, the better off you will be
  • During the spring semester, most companies recruit their summer internship positions; ensure you are eligible to participate in the Co-op/Internship Program and search for co-op/internship opportunities via the EagleHire Network by following the instructions for your campus
  • Get ready for the Virtual Hiring Event coming up Monday, February 11 through Thursday, February, 21; please read the Virtual Hiring Event FAQs
  • Within the EagleHire Network, you have access to CareerShift; CareerShift allows job seekers to search for companies within their geographical preferences, identify positions of interest from various job boards and company websites, find contact information for employers and organize your job search
  • The Going Places blog will continue to showcase Embry-Riddle’s wonderful students and alumni and their advice, and we will bring you even more articles to help in your career development

Research is the Key to Success at the Industry/Career Expo

by Alicia Smyth

In just five days, the Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo will be here. With 95 employers registered and several thousand job seekers expected to attend, how do you stand out? The answer: prepare in advance.

Consider this: when you approach an employer’s booth, if there are other candidates waiting to speak with a recruiter, you will only have a couple of minutes (or less) to sell yourself. If you don’t prepare in advance, you will waste precious time asking questions such as “What does your company do?” (a question that can be an insult, especially to widely-known companies like The Boeing Company or JetBlue Airways), “What opportunities does your company have available?” or “Where would someone with my background fit within to your organization?”

So, what can you do to learn this information in advance?

  • Log into your EagleHire Network account: http://erau.experience.com
  • Mouse over the “Employers” link on the top navigation bar – select “Employers Search”
  • Under “Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo Attendee” select “2012”and hit “Search.” Note that you can also narrow down your search by your “Career Focus” if you choose

From here, you can find out what companies are registered to attend the Industry/Career Expo. If you click on a company name, you will have access to view a company description, a link to the company’s website (which you can click to further research the company), a list of the degree areas that employers are seeking at the Expo, any jobs that the employer is currently posting in the system, upcoming on-campus events, and company contacts (when available). You can also review the list in its entirety at http://erau.experience.com/stu/cf_details?fhnd=5518.

It is strongly recommended that you conduct research online to gain an understanding of what the company does, where you might fit into the organization, and what opportunities are currently available. You should go to the company’s website, find job opportunities and apply for any that you are both interested in and qualified to do. That way, when you go to the Expo, instead of hearing an employer say, “Go apply online,” you will be able to discuss the opportunities that you applied to and for which you would like to be considered.

Keep in mind that not all opportunities are advertised on a company’s website; however, knowing something about what the company does in advance will always be to your benefit. This also allows you to learn which companies to target so that you can maximize the time you have at the event.

It is also extremely important that you get your resume ready well in advance, ensure that you have professional attire to wear to the event, and have an understanding of business etiquette. Review our presentation archives for information and tips on everything from dressing for success to expo preparation to acing the interview. Career Services will also be on the Flight Deck tomorrow to offer walk-up resume critiques.

If you cannot attend the Industry/Career Expo but want to get your resume to employers, please be sure to publish it to one or more of the resume books in the EagleHire Network.

If you have questions about the event, please be sure to visit our website for more information.

Alicia Smyth has been with the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000. In her time at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in roles with Prescott and Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Alicia currently serves as the director and information systems manager for Career Services and loves all things social media and technology.

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.

Get Your Resume to Employers at the Industry/Career Expo!

EagleHire Network LogoYou can still get your resume to employers recruiting at this event!

Through the EagleHire Network, resume books are available allowing you to submit your resume to companies attending both Industry/Career Expos.

To publish your resume to any of the resume books in the system, log into your EagleHire Network account and mouse over “Documents” in the upper navigation bar, then select “Publish a Resume” – you will then select from career focus-specific resume books in the system.

We are informing all Expo exhibitors at both the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses to log in and access the resume books in the system.

Note that if you haven’t already uploaded a resume into the system, it will first need to be approved before you can publish your resume to the resume books in EagleHire.

Resume Book Tips:

  • If you already have one or more resumes published in EagleHire, double-check to make sure your documents are up to date with your current contact information and most recent experience.
  • Only submit your resume to those resume books that apply to your level of experience and areas of expertise/career focus. Submitting your resume to every resume book, including those with no relevancy to your background, will not increase your chance of getting a phone call…if anything, it may decrease your chances.
  • Be proactive – research the companies attending the Industry/Career Expo at the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses and apply online to any opportunities of interest.
  • Submit your resume to resume books even if you plan on attending the Industry/Career Expo. There are nearly 1500 linked employers in EagleHire who have access to log in to the system and search for resumes at any time throughout the year.

Get Ready for the Virtual Hiring Event!

Publishing Your Resume in the EagleHire Network

by Alicia Smyth

Did you know that there are over 1300 employer contacts in the EagleHire Network who are linked to the system? Over 1300!

That means that if you do not yet have your resume published to the plethora of resume books in the EagleHire Network, you are missing out on the potential for employers to find you. That’s right…find you. That’s because the employers who are linked to the system have the ability to search resumes that are published in resume books.

If a linked employer sees your resume, there are a few things that could potentially happen. They may invite you to apply for a specific job posted on the EagleHire Network with their company, they might download your resume to their computer to print or save to contact you later, or they may glance at your resume and do nothing more. In any event, you can review the companies that see your resume in the “Documents” section where you manage your resumes.

Keep in mind that you don’t know who is reviewing your resume before they do so. If you are currently employed and want to keep your job search confidential, it might not be a good idea to publish your resume in the system.

If you decide to publish your resume in the system, follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure that you keep your EagleHire Network account updated. Linked employers have the ability to search the system based on specific criteria that comes from your account data and resume. That said, they can only see your GPA, resume, expected graduation date, and degree.
  • If you are publishing your resume to a general resume book, make sure the resume you submit is relatively general in nature (i.e., don’t address a specific company). If it is a career focus-specific resume book, you should have a resume that reflects that particular career focus.
  • If you find that your resume has been reviewed by multiple companies but you are not being contacted, it might be time to evaluate your resume to ensure that it includes effective content, appropriate grammar and spelling, etc.
  • If you get a job, be sure to remove your resume from any and all resume books in the system. Otherwise, employers may contact you.
  • Be aware that at any time,  an employer could contact you via phone or email. Make sure that you answer your phone courteously, especially if you do not recognize the number. Make sure your outgoing voice mail message is professional as well.
  • If an employer contacts you with an opportunity you are not interested in, be polite and remember that you put your resume out there hoping for a response from potential employers. Never be rude to a potential employer and always thank them for their consideration even if you have found another opportunity or are not interested.

To publish your resume in the EagleHire Network, it must first be reviewed and approved by a Career Services staff member. You will receive an email notification when this occurs. At that point, you may log in to your EagleHire Network account, mouse over “Documents” and select “Publish a Resume.” From there, you can choose which resumes you want to be published into the various resume books in the system.

Having a published resume in the system should not replace your active job search efforts. Continue to proactively apply for job openings in the system and elsewhere on the internet and through your personal and professional contacts.

Alicia Smyth has been with the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000. In her time at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in roles with Prescott and Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Alicia currently serves as the director and information systems manager for Career Services and loves all things social media and technology. 

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