Internship/Job Search Strategies Sally Richards & Brian Carhide Career Services Office
Job Market The nation’s unemployment rate is 9.4% (Department of Labor) Over 50% of college graduates are moving back home to live with parents for some duration (Monster.com) Entry-level jobs are out there, but the competition is fierce With thousands of new layoffs and big quarterly losses being announced every day, the competition is higher The good news: Employers expect to hire 13.5 percent more new grads from class 2011 then they hired from class 2010
What This Means for You It will take longer to find a job than in years past-so, start looking now! Be open to other options Attend grad school or trade school to acquire more skills/knowledge Join military or Peace Corps, teach here or abroad, consider a career in civil service Take a less desirable job, do an internship, take less money to gain experience, consider temping while you look for a job Be willing to relocate Focus on the things you have control over, such as market yourself well to employers
MarketabilityYour marketability in the job market is based on the “total package” – what do you bring to the table? Education Internship experience Work experience Project experience/examples of work Leadership Initiative Technical and analytical skills Interpersonal skills Character Traits Communication
Employers are SeekingAbility/Desire to: Build relationships Analyze, evaluate and interpret data Communicate to effectively justify and persuade Plan and manage projects Create new knowledge Engage in continuous learning Seek global understanding
Advanced Skill Sets = Competitive Edge Update your resume Know how to write cover letters Prepare a portfolio (writing samples, design drawings, etc) Have a nice suit Have at least 3 business references and let them know they may be contacted Have thank you cards and postage ready Resume/Cover letter samples: www.erau.edu/career/resources
Be Prepared Know yourself Know your strengths and achievements Know your weaknesses and work on them Start searching for jobs Industry-specific job boards (e.g., avjobs.com) General job boards (e.g., monster.com, indeed.com) Career Fairs (in-person and virtual) Network – friends, family, faculty, classmates, etc. Professional organization websites, journals, magazines EagleHire Network
Networking Etiquette Instead of asking directly for a job, ask for tips, contacts, and suggestions If you aren’t getting responses, re-evaluate your approach and seek advice If you say you are going to do something, do it Always be mindful of your contact’s time If a contact assists you directly or gets you in touch with someone who can help you, do something to thank them Networking is a reciprocal process – be ready to re-pay the favor someday Stay in touch with your contacts – consider this a lifelong process Don’t burn bridges – this is a small field and it will come back to haunt you
Networking via Web Where? LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Can be used to help you find a job Max out your security settings for personal account Create a professional account that is only shared with people related to your job search Be safe – never accept a contact if you don’t know and cannot verify who they are Career Services has a Fan Page on Facebook and a group on LinkedIn – connect with others, learn of events, get access to useful resources, and more!
Internet Persona Employers are searching these sites as part of the screening process You may never have the chance to redeem yourself if they find something incriminating about you (or someone whom they think is you) Google yourself and try to fix anything incriminating Be mindful of photos you are tagged in Check your privacy settings, including all photo albums Don’t forget about blogs (those you write and those you post to) Keep future security background checks in mind
Career Fairs Best way to interact face-to-face with employers Some trade shows also include career fairs Check local colleges and universities for dates FIT, UCF, UNF, Stetson, Rollins, Flagler ERAU students are allowed to attend
Track your efforts Keep a list of companies you have researched Keep a list of all the jobs you have applied, when you applied to them, and copy of the job description for future reference Will help you see your progress and avoid getting overwhelmed
Follow-up If you have contact information for the job posting, inquire on the status of the application status If you have made networking contacts, stay in touch
Conducting Salary ResearchFor comprehensive salary data: www.salary.com (Salary Wizard) http://homefair.com (Salary Calculator) http://college.wsj.com JobStar ( www.jobstar.org ) The American Almanac of Jobs and Salaries Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges & Employers Salary Success: Know What You’re Worth and Get It The Bureau of Labor Statistics US News & World Report Business Week Professional Associations, Trade Journals, Business Magazines Newspaper and online job listings
Top Job Search Mistakes Posting your resume without worrying about privacy. Using only the big name Web job sites. Limiting your job search efforts to the Internet only. Applying for jobs without meeting the minimum qualifications. Depending on e-mail as your only method of contact. Assuming that you have privacy with e-mail and Internet use at work. Expecting someone else to do the work (the job sites, a recruiter, your outplacement counselor, etc.).
The EagleHire Network http://erau.erecruiting.com One-stop shopping for your co-op, internship, or full-time job search. 2000+ employers from the aviation and aerospace industries and beyond post jobs and gather resumes here Once you create a profile and upload an approved resume, you will have full access to view and apply for opportunities, research potential employers, and stay up-to-date on the industry and effective job search techniques.
World Aerospace Database Access through the Career Services Blackboard Organization (Click on External Links) Source of companies, people, products, services and fleet information in the aviation/aerospace industry Great source for space-related companies and engine manufacturers
CareerShift Access through the EagleHire Network Search, store & record job listings Get inside contact information immediately, including email addresses, for millions of companies Upload/ Copy and Paste as many targeted resumes and cover letters needed Access your confidential CareerShift account from anywhere, anytime, 24/7
Going Global Access through the Career Services Blackboard Organization (Click on External Links) The Career Guide section provides professional advice and insider tips for 24 countries on employment trends, recruiters, staffing agencies, work permit regulations, salary ranges, CV and resume-writing guidelines, professional and trade associations, and cultural advice
Career Services Can Help! Career advisement Resume and cover letter critiques Mock interviews (in-person and phone) On-campus interviews/company visits Internships and co-ops EagleHire Network Industry/Career Expo Career Resource Library (online and in-office) Career-related presentations/workshops
If you DON’T have a job at graduation Don’t panic. Employers hire 365 days a year Stay connected to the Career Services and companies web sites Put off the vacation and concentrate on job search Be persistent-spend four or five hours a day researching companies and build your network
How to Reach Us… Phone: 386-226-6054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.erau.edu/career