The 2013 Virtual Hiring Event will be held through the EagleHire Network Monday, February 11—Thursday, February 21, 2013. Candidates can begin preparing to apply for the full-time opportunities posted by previewing positions in the system the weekend prior (February 9-10).
To increase your chances of landing an interview as a result of the Virtual Hiring Event, follow these tips:
- Prepare in advance! During the job preview days, you have the chance to view positions without the pressure to apply at that very moment. Take this time to read through the job postings and mark those you are interested in as “favorites” – this will allow you to go back to the position easily when it is time to apply.
- Get your resume and cover letter in order. Make sure you have these documents uploaded to the EagleHire Network by January 27 in order to ensure ample time for your resume to be reviewed and approved in the system.
- Don’t be generic! Once you’ve identified those jobs you wish to apply to, read through the position description and tailor the resume you plan to use for your application specifically for the position. By personalizing your resume and cover letter, you are telling the employer that you are truly interested in the opportunity…as a result, you are also able to communicate to them that you are the candidate they’ve been seeking for the position.
- Do not apply for positions where you don’t meet the minimum qualifications. It is frustrating for the employer, and in the vast majority of cases, it’s a waste of your valuable time.
- Follow all application instructions to the tee! Give them nothing less than exactly what they ask for (resume, cover letter, references, writing samples, etc.) and apply in the manner they prefer (email, website, fax, or snail mail) – failure to do so is an indication to an employer that you do not pay attention to details, nor do you follow directions.
- Print out jobs to which you apply. This will help you in referencing the position later, in the event that an employer contacts you for an interview. If contact information is included, you can use that information to follow up with the recruiter a few weeks later.
- Don’t wait until the last minute! Make sure you take care of getting your resume online on time and begin applying for jobs as early in the week as possible. This helps to ensure that you can apply for positions at a leisurely pace, minimizing the risk of making mistakes.
For more information about the Virtual Hiring Event, including how to participate, a list of registered companies, event details, and FAQs for job seekers, visit our website: http://careers.erau.edu/events/virtual-hiring-event.html.
Posted by eraucso on February 6, 2013
Don’t forget to participate in the Virtual Hiring Event (VHE) for Embry-Riddle candidates seeking full-time employment. The VHE will be Monday, February 11 – Thursday, February 21 in the EagleHire Network with preview days on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. Job seekers will have the ability to view and apply to full-time job postings from various companies who are seeking candidates.
- Log in to your EagleHire Network account
- Select “Spring 2013 Virtual Hiring Event” under “More Searches” or click on the Virtual Hiring Event logo
- Here, you can either narrow your search by selecting items for your query, or you can keep your search broad to see what positions are posted by not selecting any query items
- Click on each position to view more information and to apply
Jobs will be viewable on Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10. Jobs will be available for application starting on Monday, February 11 at 12:01 am EST and will run through 11:59 pm EST on Thursday, February 21.
In order to participate, an approved resume must be on the EagleHire Network system. Due to the increase in resumes uploaded during this time period, job seekers should expect an extended turnaround on resume reviews. Keep in mind that this may prevent you from participating in the event if you upload a resume too late.
Even if you are not actively searching for a full-time position, use the Virtual Hiring Event to explore career and company options. Please remember that jobs are available in EagleHire Network throughout the year, so you should consistently review the system for opportunities. Check out the company’s website as well to identify additional opportunities in the area(s) you seek. Also remember that networking is imperative in any job search, so find connections to the companies to which you applied for an extra step in the search.
Posted by eraucso on February 4, 2013
by Kristy Amburgey
The Career Services Office is hosting the Virtual Hiring Event (VHE) for ERAU candidates seeking full-time employment. The VHE will be Monday, February 11 – Thursday, February 21 in the EagleHire Network with preview days on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10. Job seekers will have the ability to view and apply to full-time job postings from companies who are seeking candidates.
In order to best prepare for the Virtual Hiring Event, you need to have an up-to-date resume and cover letter ready to use. Some companies will have you submit your resume via EagleHire Network, so you need to have a “ready” resume in the system. Other companies will direct you to their websites for application. Either way, you need to ensure that your resume and job search documentation is suitable for the application process.
To prepare both your resume and cover letter, here are several key tips to understand and use.
- Customize your documents for each and every position you pursue; using the job description and your company research, integrate key information into your resume and cover letter to prove that you have what it takes to do the job for that specific company
- Focus the documents on what you can offer the employers and not necessarily on you
- Relate your experiences and accomplishments to the employer’s needs; ensure that an employer can answer this question using the information you provide – “can this person positively impact my department and my company?”
- Showcase your achievements; provide outcomes and results of your experiences instead of just listing general skills that most anyone could have
- Avoid submitting generic documents that are addressed and customized to no one or nothing in particular; take the time to submit a resume and cover letter that was meant specifically for that job and that company
- Ensure that a reader can understand what you want by reviewing your documents; an employer does not want to guess what job you want or why you are applying even after reading both documents
- Prioritize and organize your documents; ensure that the important and relevant information is towards the top of the resume and is read from left to right; organize your cover letter so that you have three to four paragraphs
- Know that an employer spends no more than 30 seconds reviewing each document if at all; most readers only glance at a resume to obtain a first impression; keep both documents easy to read and make it easy for them to find relevant information quickly
- Rely on several people to review your resume for grammar, clarify and formatting; use spellcheck as well but follow it up with a review by someone who knows resumes
- Review all information to ensure it is 100% accurate and verifiable
For resumes, here are some additional points.
- Follow all general resume rules such as having some white space on the page, being consistent with all formatting, using font size no smaller than 10, spelling out abbreviations, avoiding using the personal pronoun “I”, etc.
- Remove resume errors to prevent your resume from being dumped into the trash; remember that every recruiter will have their own set of standards and pet peeves, so do your best to understand the company you are pursuing and revise your resume to their standards
- Understand Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS); many employers use this type of application system to preview and then select resumes for further review; once your resume is submitted, the ATS program will evaluate your resume based on programmed algorithms that match your document to predetermined words/order of words, including qualifications, skills, key words from the description and more; understanding the mechanics of ATS will help you know why customizing your resume is so imperative; also avoid using tables, graphs, images, etc. in your resume as most of these inserts won’t translate into an ATS program
- Treat the resume as a marketing document that appeals to your target audience and not as a historical summary of everything you have ever done
For cover letters, here are some additional points.
- Use a traditional one-page, business letter format
- Address your cover letter to a specific person; do an internet search (LinkedIn, for example) to find the correct name if it is not listed in the EagleHire Network
- Keep the cover letter concise but detailed; for example, when relating your background to the employer’s needs, give three to four accomplishments composed using a few sentences for each
As you select jobs to apply to via the Virtual Hiring Event, take the time to customize your resume and cover letter, if needed, for each position. Leave the employers wanting to talk to you further; create documents that show employers how you are going to help them and why you are the best candidate for the position.
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.
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