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Job Search Strategies

  1. 1. Job Search Strategies Adriana Hall & Valerie Kielmovitch Career Services Office Student Center, Suite 250 Career Services (386) 226-6054 ▪ ▪
  2. 2. Job Market  The nation’s unemployment rate is 7.9% (Department of Labor)  Over 50% of college graduates are moving back home to live with parents for some duration (  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 percent more new grads from class 2013 then they hired from class 2012
  3. 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  Be willing to relocate  Focus on the things you have control over, such as market yourself well to employers
  4. 4. Marketability Your 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. 5. Employers are Seeking Ability/Desire to:  Build relationships/teamwork  Analyze, evaluate and interpret data  Communicate to effectively justify and persuade  Plan and manage projects  Create new knowledge/innovation  Engage in continuous learning  Seek global understanding  Take initiative
  6. 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:
  7. 7. Be Prepared  Know yourself  Know your strengths and achievements  Know your weaknesses and actions to improve  Start searching for jobs  Industry-specific job boards (e.g.,  General job boards (e.g.,,  Career Fairs (in-person and virtual)  Network – friends, family, faculty, classmates, etc.  Professional organization websites, journals, magazines  Attend conferences and trade shows (i.e. SWE, SHEP, NSBE, NBAA, ATCA, etc.)  LinkedIn  EagleHire Network (CareerShift)
  8. 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. 9. Networking via Web     Where? LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, 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 and a twitter account– connect with others, learn of events, get access to useful resources, and more!
  10. 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. 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. 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
  13. 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. 14. Conducting Salary Research For comprehensive salary data:  (Salary Wizard)  (Self Reporting Site)  (Salary Calculator)   JobStar ( )  Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges & Employers  The Bureau of Labor Statistics  Professional Associations, Trade Journals, Business Magazines
  15. 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 Program Manager, etc.)
  16. 16. ERAU Resources         The EagleHire Network CareerShift Aviation Weekly Going Global Department Faculty Job Search Toolkit Career Services Website Useful Links
  17. 17. The EagleHire Network   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
  18. 18. World Aerospace Database  Access through the Career Services Blackboard Organization (Click on External Links) and MUST be on campus  Source of companies, people, products, services and fleet information in the aviation/aerospace industry  Great source for space-related companies and engine manufacturers
  19. 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. 20. Going Global  Access through the Career Services Blackboard Organization & EagleHire Network (Click on External Links)  The Career Guide section provides professional advice and insider tips for over 40 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. 21. Career Services Can Help!          Career advisement Resume and cover letter critiques (use Writing Center if needed) Mock interviews Attend company visits Internships and co-ops EagleHire Network Industry/Career Expo & Virtual Hiring Event Career Resource Library (online and in-office) Career-related presentations/workshops
  22. 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 company’s 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 “Your job is finding a job”
  23. 23. How to Reach Us…  Phone: 386-226-6054  Email:  Web:
  24. 24. Stay Connected to Career Services Connect, follow, join and like Career Services via all our communication methods… Career Services Website EagleHire Network ERAU Connection ERNIE/Blackboard Facebook Going Places Career Blog LinkedIn Pinterest Twitter