December 2014 Graduates’ First Destinations

On Monday morning, the Daytona Beach Career Services team was at graduation collecting data for the campus-specific First Destination Survey. We thought you might like to see a sampling of where Daytona Beach graduates are heading after they walked across the stage at the Ocean Center this past Monday.

If you recently graduated from the Daytona Beach or Prescott residential campus and still don’t have a job, please contact Career Services for guidance and resources that can help you attain employment. Click on the appropriate campus link to view a list of services offered by Career Services.

Employer Feedback from the Industry/Career Expo

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The Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo was another success this year.  There were 87 companies in attendance with 16 companies conducting interviews the day after the Expo.

Below is some of the feedback from the employers:

What qualities did those candidates that you favored most possess?

-“Communications, encourage candidates to relax and be confident”

-“Many presented themselves in a confident manner with great speaking skills.  The ability to speak to questions of technical nature set apart from others.  For those who have some work experience a great attribute (campus work is considered in this)”

-“Direct communication, willing to share/talk about themselves, calm/collected, comprehensive/thorough”

-“Excellent technical skills, understand job responsibilities and objectives, analytic skills, resume”

-“Strong analytical skills, good communication skills, knowledge of industry and company”

-“Honesty.  Our company values honesty and a strong worth ethic.  When candidates were talking about resumes you could quickly tell if they were honest.  This is because we are all ERAU graduate recruiters”

-“Maturity, preparedness/knowledge of company”

-“Practical experience, well-rounded, multitask”

Do you have any advice for our students to help make them stronger candidates?

-“Obtain more co-ops and internships and get involved in on-campus groups and program”

-“Projects, leadership, organized resume, list GPA if impressive”

-“Research company and know history.  Read job responsibilities and functions”

-“Be honest about your background.  Do not be afraid to say ‘no, I do not know.”

-“Research website and understand company, prepare specific questions and always be positive when asked about future education opportunities”

-“Students should be encouraged to look at local businesses. It was our impression that many students did not realize the opportunities that presented themselves locally. Also, we found that many of the engineering students liked the area and enjoyed water activities in their spare time, but had not thought of using their degrees with regards to boat-building.

-“Be sure to do homework before interviews; Check out company website understand their services and initiatives

-“It is great for Freshmen to come to this event, I would highly encourage it. They gain a lot of experience in the environment and from absorbing the whole process. They should meet with companies they want to work for and at least make introductions to themselves, and each year afterward.”

-“I followed the 3 rules stated by all recruiters:
1. Take on a leadership role within an organization
2. Keep GPA above 3.0
3. Complete one internship before graduation

 

Companies Attending ERAU Daytona Beach’s Industry/Career Expo

The Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo is Wednesday, October 8!LinkedHeroImage (1) (2)

Industry/Career Expo: Wednesday, October 8 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.

We look forward to seeing you at the Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach!

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.

Alumni Career Spotlight: Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez is a Quality Specialist for the Quality Business Management Luisdepartment of the 737 Program at The Boeing Company.  He currently manages the process and standardization of the Quality Business Plan Review functional & scorecard metrics; he also supports Lean+ Capturing the Value of Quality for 737, Quality Rate Readiness, Embry-Riddle Campus Intern Recruiting Team, and various productivity improvement projects 737 Quality.  Prior to coming on board with Boeing full-time, Luis joined The Boeing Company as an intern supporting the 737 Program under Brian Hoefig, Sr. Quality Manager for Field before transitioning to full-time at the end of his internship.

Luis earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, specializing in finance, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2011.  While in school, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant, student tutor and research associate.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

What does your position at The Boeing Company entail?

I manage projects related to Quality Improvement for the 737 Airplane Program.

How were you selected to become a recruiter for The Boeing Company?

Mark Lyden, lead recruiter for The Boeing Company, gave me the tools and opportunities to join Boeing, so one of my main priorities was to join the ERAU recruiting team and bring more students to Boeing, as a way to thank Mark Lyden and ERAU for the dream come true event that happened in my life.

As a Boeing Recruiter, what are some of the biggest mistakes you have seen ERAU students make when seeking work at The Boeing Company?

One of the mistakes is that students only apply for opportunities during company visits or career events. Managers post jobs and internships based on their availability of free time to do so, so you should continuously seek out and apply for openings.

What advice do you have for students and alumni seeking work at The Boeing Company?

BE PATIENT AND APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!!!!!!!! Our system is very slow, so please be patient. Also, you need to be applying to 50 jobs or more; just because you get turned down from one job does not mean that you will automatically be disqualified for the other 49.

U.S. Pilot Hiring 2013

by Brian Carhide

If you peruse some of the pilot forums on the internet for information about professional-programs-banner-lgthe impending pilot shortage, many will say it’s a fairytale. In regards to the big picture, there is truth to that perception. In the U.S., we are still in a hiring lag from the retirement age increase in 2007, and a “true pilot shortage” could still be 5 or more years away – if the FAA doesn’t raise the retirement age, again. One major airline’s recent strategic planning has indicated this may be a possibility.

The good news, according to FAPA, a few of the regional airlines have plans to hire a number of pilots during 2013. The majority of the need for pilots at these regionals is due in part to the new crew rest requirements. The other conundrum to pilot hiring in 2013 is the new law that requires any pilot wanting to fly for a FAR Part 121 passenger carrying operation to have an Air Transport Pilot certificate and 1500 hours total time.

Recently in the Career Services Office, I have communicated with several regional airlines interested in developing pipeline and bridge programs with Embry-Riddle. This is a good indicator that the airlines are seeing a need to have a solid pool of pilots and to aid in bridging the gap for flight instructors to the regional airlines. I feel the regional airlines envision a growing increase in demand and a declining supply of pilots, hence the interest in developing these types of agreements with key organizations.

Since 2013 began, companies seeking qualified flight instructors have plateaued, but there are still an abundance of CFI opportunities to be found. I feel those low-time CFIs that are willing to relocate will find some great time building opportunities and gain valuable experience. Because of the way supply and demand is heading, those motivated pilots who reach 1500 hours will have some golden opportunities during an exciting time for the industry.

Smaller companies outside of the regional airlines are also planning to hire during 2013 but on a smaller scale. Operations such as Ameriflight, Cape Air, and XOJet have indicated they are recruiting and interviewing for pilots. The advantage these companies have is the 1500 hour requirement does not affect them. However, it is still a viable career path and a great way to build some flight time.

2013 may not be the year of the grand pilot shortage we have all been hearing about, but pilot hiring will continue to move in a positive direction. In speaking with one of the recruiters from a regional airline, who has been in this industry for over 30 years, about future pilot hiring, he stated, “This is definitely an exciting time for young pilots!”

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. Recently, he has been a leader in guiding young aviators in higher education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Conference Spotlight: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Annual Convention

by Kristy Amburgey

DSC_3557Attending conferences and events is an excellent way to professionally network, learn new information as related to your career and identify employment opportunities.  The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 39th Annual Convention, to be held March 27 – 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a great example of an event where you can both personally and professionally grow.  In fact, the annual NSBE conference, and the many events they host throughout the year, has resulted in great success stories for Embry-Riddle students and alumni.  Two such success stories come from Marie-Jeanne Steady Ndiaye (or MJ) and Vincent Bell.  We asked both of these alumni to share their experiences with the NSBE Convention.

Why did you decide to attend NSBE in 2012?

MJ: It was a very simple and pragmatic decision to come to. As an undergraduate student, I tried to attend as many professional conferences /conventions as I could; it is the best way to meet industry leaders and others who share your enthusiasm about your field.  The other reason why I attended the convention is that I quite frankly liked not being the “odd one out”. There typically aren’t many minority attendants; there’s this belief that we are not interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), so it’s nice to be reminded it is just a “myth”.

Vincent: I decided to attend the NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) Convention in 2012 after talking to Mr. Mark Lyden about working for The Boeing Company at the end of February or early March 2012.  He told me that Boeing and various companies go to the convention to hire knowledgeable minorities.  So my main reason for going was to obtain a job after graduating from ERAU.  However, I also saw an opportunity to present what I was working on at that time at the conference when I saw there were so many cancellations in the conference presentation schedule.

What was the conference like for you?

MJ: It was a bit overwhelming at first because there were thousands of attendees rushing and buzzing around. There was a multitude of sessions, workshops, and discussions panels. I just didn’t know how I was going to make the most of the convention and what events to attend. All I knew was that I wanted to take it ALL in!

Vincent: The conference was great, and I had an unbelievable experience.  The first day that I got there I met up with couple of other ERAU students.  And Mr. Lyden, who I had been in contact with prior to the convention, wanted to meet with all the ERAU students that attended the conference, and he invited us to an exclusive Boeing talk, to where we were able to talk to Boeing managers and Boeing engineers that came for the conference.  The second day I ended up presenting on what I was conducting research on with Dr. Bereket Berhane.

Everyone that has been to an ERAU career fair would enjoy the NSBE Convention.  The convention is one huge career fair with so many engineering companies/firms and graduate schools trying to get qualified students to come to their program and study. Plus this gives the companies opportunity to see what you know by means of presentation.  For example, after my first interview, which was with Boeing, I invited my two interviewers to my presentation, and one actually came.  So it was great experience for your potential employer to see what you know and how well you can present information to others that may or may not be as knowledgeable on the subject at hand.

Overall, it was great, and the feedback I received was amazing.

Where there any outcomes from NSBE Conference?

MJ: Definitely! I really enjoyed the Educational Sessions, including:

  • Professional Development sessions –  provided me with soft skills to my academic and professional career ahead
  • Mentoring sessions – provided a framework that I used for my grad school selection/application process. That session also helped me outline for myself how I wanted to maximize my grad school experience
  • Outreach sessions – we had an opportunity to interact with local high schoolers, conducting experiments and answering questions about different STEM fields. This sparked my interest for Science Outreach and more specifically promoting Space Ethos. So much so, that when I started working at the Kennedy Space Center, I joined the Speakers Bureau, which is a group of volunteers who represent the center at civic, professional, educational, and other public events. Bureau members are exceptionally qualified to discuss general and specific aspects of the activities and technologies associated with the space flight program

Vincent: Of course the big aerospace companies were there (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and others).  So I earned 5 interviews in those three days: Boeing, Raytheon, Goldman Sachs, Northrop Grumman, and Texas Instruments.

The interview with Northrop Grumman was for thermal analysis engineering, and I never heard anything back from them.  The Texas Instruments interview was for mechanical engineering.  Texas Instruments never contacted me back again.  The interview with Goldman Sachs was for financial analyst, where, if I received an offer, I would be inspecting engineering project funding.  I had a follow up phone interview but ultimately did not receive an offer.  The interview with Raytheon was for Navigation, Guidance, Control (GNC) engineering and with the Raytheon Missile Systems.  Raytheon Missile Systems actually flew me to Tucson, AZ for a hiring event with about 100 other applicants for various job openings.  I ultimately received a job offer with them.  My interview with Boeing was for a fuel system engineer.  The day after this interview, I was told that I would receive an offer within the month for a job with Boeing.   I took the job with Boeing over Raytheon.

Why should students/alumni attend this conference?

MJ: Three words: networking, development, and exposure! I think that is pretty self-explanatory. If you are a black engineer, you NEED to attend the national convention.

Because the National Convention focuses mainly on the big 4 (Electrical, Mechanical, Software, and Civil Engineering), I would strongly urge ERAU students with interest in space to join the NSBE Space Special Interest Group (commonly referred to as Space SIG). It is one of NSBE’s star programs and is opened to college students as well as alumni.

They are actually hosting a conference in January, Space Technology Session 2013 (next one won’t be until 2015!) that is unlike other conferences in that it is actually a hands-on engineering session.  Participants are divided into groups with each group being assigned to work on a pre-defined set of deliverables for one of NSBE’s space-related technical projects.   It offers students an opportunity to work in an apprentice-like setting with industry engineers, managers, and scientists. This is how I developed and honed my technical proficiency!

Vincent: Students and alumni should attend this conference because companies come to this convention to hire participants.   Knowing that you have a huge chance of getting hired is a main reason why the ERAU family should attend.  Even if you are a freshman, you can standout for the upcoming years and help your chances either with a job or internship, when you are ready.  When you are looking for a job and applying via the internet, companies do not know you nor see your passion.  They only see what you put on your resume at the time.  And that is if you did your resume right and tailored your resume to that job announcement to which you just applied.  But at this conference you are talking to people who are eager to talk to you to see what you know, and you can pick apart their brains at any time.  They want you to ask a lot of questions as much as possible.  Companies are really looking for the best applicant possible that they can hire.  So I think for ERAU students and alumni, we are those types of people that they can hire and train very easily.

Vincent also has some additional advice for students who will be graduating soon.

The advice I would give students who are graduating soon is to go out there and apply and apply to all jobs for which you are qualified.  Before I went the NSBE Convention, I applied to about 350 jobs in 2 and half months.  From these that I applied to, I only heard back from 10 or 15 of the companies.  None of them offered me a job at all.  After the NSBE Convention, I had two offers after talking to 5 companies.

Another piece of advice I will give is when you get a chance to have an interview (either over the phone or in person), ask as many questions that pertain to the job or the betterment of you ultimately receiving an offer.  For example, in every interview that I have had over the past 2 years, I have asked the employers what about my resume stood out to them.  If something stood out to them, it possibly may stand out to others as well.  Another question I have asked is what is something that I can change (either on the resume or the interview itself) that will help with next interview you may have.  This question will show employers you are eager to learn something new about yourself and work on weaknesses that may be apparent to them.  Also, you should ask questions on relevant projects that company has worked on and/or on which they are currently working.  This will show your interest in the company with which you are hoping to get a job.

At the end of your interview, make sure you have business cards of all those people that interviewed you.  Wait about a week or two and then email them.  In your email, you just want to tell them thank you for the opportunity to talk to them.  You are not asking where you stand in the interview process.  This step will allow you to pop back up in their head because they received an email from you, and it is another way to stand out above the rest of the people that they may have interviewed.

I hope these tips help all ERAU students and alumni get jobs upon graduating.

Based on our alumni feedback, you can see that the NSBE Convention is a great opportunity for candidates seeking opportunities, both right now and in the future.  Besides professional development and networking opportunities, you will have access to many premier companies who are hiring like Battelle, Boeing, CIA, General Dynamics, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, United Technologies Corporation and many more.

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.

Employer Insights from the Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo

2012 Industry/Career Expo ERAU VAS93 companies showed up to last week’s Industry/Career Expo in Daytona Beach to talk to the over 2000 students and alumni about internships, co-ops, and job opportunities. On the day after the Expo, over 300 interviews were conducted by companies. Some candidates were offered jobs on the spot and more will be offered employment in the days, weeks, and months to come.

We asked employers at the Expo to provide us with specific advice that we could share with students and alumni. Many were happy to share their insights and words of wisdom, which we have provided below.

There are two sets or groups of students I see. Group one are those that obviously went to Career Services and got advice and help. They are very well prepared. The second group are those that did not take advantage of Career Services and they clearly are not prepared.
Mark L., The Boeing Company

Interships for sophomores and juniors are crucial!
– Hillary L., The Boeing Company

Network, this industry is a small world.
– Tom R., ExpressJet Airlines

Alaska is a great place to start your aviation career.
– Eric R., Northern Air Cargo, Inc.

They need to understand what makes them stand out. Highlight teamwork, working to schedules and budgets.
– Glen S., Spirit AeroSystems

Students should have a better understanding of what they are looking for.
– Candice C., United Airlines

There are a lot of companies here so we don’t expect you to know about each one. Don’t be afraid to ask and get more information.
Jenna P., EMTEQ

Tailor resume specifically to position applying for. Stay involved in the field – volunteer/work/study. Contact companies and ask for tour of facility.
Sarah H., Flight Options/Nextant Aerospace

When you work projects, take lead roles when applicable.
– Scott S., GE Aviation – Unison

The Navy offers over $100,000 to engineering students that academically qualify.
Matthew C., United States Navy Officer Programs

Internships!!!
– Ethan C., Lee County Port Authority

Complete an internship.
– James H., Lee County Port Authority

AE majors should take C/C++ in their curriculum.
Michelle K., CAE USA, Inc.

[Proper] resume formatting, prior research before fair.
– Jarred R., CAE USA, Inc.

All URS openings are posted on our company website, www.urscorp.jobs. I encourage applicants to follow up on all positions they apply for.
– Daniel M., URS Corp.

Additional tips and suggestions from employers:

  • Resumes should be well formatted, in reverse chronological order, and tailored specifically for the job
  • Come better prepared – research and know the company
  • General comments about wanting a job in engineering or business show very little prep work
  • Wear professional attire
  • Include the year of graduation on your name tag
  • Keep resume to one page, especially if you lack hands-on experience
  • Work more with Career Services to be better prepared for these events
  • Practice your elevator speech
  • Come to the Expo interview-ready with regards to appearance and grooming standards
  • Women should dress conservatively – skirts should not be too short and tops should not be too low

Positive feedback from employers regarding candidates from the Industry/Career Expo:

  • Extremely professional and well prepared. Students asked great questions.
  • Overall, professionalism and dress was very impressive.
  • Overall, they were [well] prepared
  • Improvements in professionalism and preparedness [over last year]
  • Very impressed
  • Great applicant pool!
  • Great blend of students – all were prepared for Expo and armed with questions
  • Both current students and graduates were professional, polite, prepared and a pleasure to speak with
  • Most candidates came prepared, dressed well, and had questions
  • They came prepared, asked questions, and were very interested. It was a pleasure speaking with them and helping them. I was equally impressed with the freshmen that came by.
  • Lots of good energy around anything aviation related for most students
  • Great candidates, very professional
  • We found several excellent candidates. Some had prior knowledge of our company or had done research. Very impressed with the professional dress and presentation of the students.
  • Students were very prepared, respectful
  • Professional and polished, always good quality students
  • Best dressed students I have seen all year!
  • Candidates were better prepared and more professional in their dress compared to years past.
  • Very well dressed! Extremely professional all around. I am proud to have graduated from ERAU!
  • The candidates were well prepared, dressed professionally, [and had]good-great resumes.
  • Built resumes well
  • Great candidates; A+!

Overall, employers were very happy with how candidates presented themselves at the event. Those candidates who did their research, had a clear idea of their career goals, presented well-formatted and easy to read resumes, dressed and behaved professionally, and asked good questions are most likely the candidates who received an interview last week.

If you were not among the candidates chosen to interview, don’t fret yet. Many employers were unable to stay to conduct interviews after the event last week. If you gave your resume to even one employer, be on the ready to receive a call to schedule an interview.

To make sure you are interview ready, check out our interview tips and information on the Career Services website and make use of Perfect Interview on the main home page of your EagleHire Network account. Equally important is your follow through…don’t forget to follow up with employers via email and/or LinkedIn and apply online if needed.

If you have a success story to share from the event, we want to hear from you! Please send an email to dbeaghir@erau.edu.

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.

Spring Graduates’ First Destinations

On Sunday morning, the Career Services team was at graduation, collecting data for our First Destination Survey. While the official report will not be available for a few weeks, we thought you might like to see where graduates are heading after they walked across the stage this past Sunday.

If you recently graduated and still don’t have a job, please contact Career Services for guidance and resources that can help you attain employment. Click on the appropriate campus link to view a list of services offered by Career Services.

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