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Job Search Strategies

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  • 1. Internship/Job Search Strategies Sally Richards & Brian Carhide Career Services Office
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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!
  • 10. 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
  • 11. 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
  • 12. 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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.).
  • 16. Resources The EagleHire Network CareerShift Aviation Weekly Going Global Perfect Interview Bb Presentations Department Faculty Job Search Toolkit Useful Links
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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
  • 23. How to Reach Us… Phone: 386-226-6054 Email: careers@erau.edu Web: http://www.erau.edu/career

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