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?

Virtual Hiring Event Tips and Tricks

VirtualHiring-final-trans400pxThe 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.

The Virtual Hiring Event: A How To

VirtualHiring-final-trans400pxDon’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.

Instructions:

  • 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.

Preparing Your Resume and Cover Letter for the Virtual Hiring Event

by Kristy Amburgey

VirtualHiring-final-trans400pxThe 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.

The Virtual Hiring Event is Coming Soon!

2013 VHE Flyer for Students

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.

Check Out The New and Improved ERAU Career Services Website

http://careers.erau.eduEmbry-Riddle Career Services has a new website! Please update your bookmarks and check us out at http://careers.erau.edu.

The new Embry-Riddle Career Services website is inclusive of all three campuses and includes information on everything you need to know to be successful in your job search, including, but not limited to:

  • Upcoming events, including the Industry/Career Expo
  • Career planning
  • In-person and social networking
  • Resume/CV tips and samples
  • Cover letter and references tips and samples
  • Interviewing preparation
  • Resources for special populations, including military transitioners, career changers, international job seekers, displaced professionals, disabled job seekers, and PhD candidates
  • How to access and utilize the EagleHire Network, Embry-Riddle’s online career management system
  • Co-op/Internship Program information
  • Interns in Action
  • Federal employment, civic service, and research opportunities
  • Useful links
  • Information on the services and resources available at each of the three ERAU campuses
  • How to recruit candidates for full-time and co-op/internship positions

The Virtual Hiring Event: A How To

Be sure 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.

Instructions:

  • Log in to your EagleHire Network account
  • Select “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.

Virtual Hiring Event: Tips to Help You Succeed

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 February 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.

Get Ready for the Virtual Hiring Event!

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