Elements of the Job Search
- Start off on the right foot and build your cover letter and resume by maintaining good grades, participating in on-campus activities and visiting the Career Services Office. Have your cover letter and resume prepared and ready to submit for your dream job; be sure that the documents have been critiqued and reflects the current industry standards. Find samples and tips for resumes and CVs on our website and via Going Global (accessible through Handshake).
- Compile a list of Internet, library, and personal/professional resources. Since organization is a key in any job search, keep all of the information relevant to your research and job search in one place. Print out important web addresses, take careful notes about any contacts you establish, and always make sure you can return to information that you believe is important to your search.
- Research organizations for which you want to work; inquire about opportunities with companies who recruit international students or have a multi-national presence. For international candidates seeking employment in the U.S., check out the Department of Labor website, which includes a database of employers who have applied for Visa applications (note: if you download the Access file, you can sort by location, employer name, type of position they hired through the H1-B visa, prevailing wages, etc. Candidates seeking employment abroad can conduct industry and company research via Going Global (accessed via Handshake) and through the World Aerospace Database, which is published by Aviation Week (accessible by Daytona Beach students through the Career Services Blackboard Organization – must be on campus to access)
- Be aware of any industry, company or cultural differences (e.g., communication methods) that may affect your job search.
- Make sure you are knowledgeable about immigration laws and procedures, since you may have to share this information with prospective employers. Check out the INS website for more information.
- Begin your network by identifying key people to assist you in your job search. Discuss your career plans with your professors, alumni, family, and career advisors, and ask them for advice. Be sure to use the ERAU Alumni online community, Alumni Website, or the Career Services Linkedin Group to identify other people who are working in your areas of interest. After you have identified relevant contacts, set up some informational interviews. You can use these interviews to obtain critical information about your chosen areas of interest.
- Expand your network by participating in professional affiliations, and don’t forget to attend job fairs, tradeshows and conferences.
- Your network may prove a critical piece of your overall job search. If you feel as though you have exhausted all of your networking opportunities with no success, don’t despair. Reevaluate your job search strategies, always have a back-up plan and see the Career Services Office for helpful insight/feedback.
- Be sure to review the networking tips and resources provided on our website for both in-person and online networking.
- International candidates interested in interviewing with U.S. employers should take advantage of on campus interviews offered by a variety of employers throughout the academic year. You are welcome to participate in these interviews as long as the employers seek your specific work authorization. When an employer registers to conduct campus interviews, they are asked to signify if they will or will not interview international candidates.
- Don’t forget to review the interview tips on our website.
- Follow-up with the individuals to whom you sent your materials seven days to two weeks from the date listed on your cover letter. You can follow-up by calling or via e-mail, but make sure you respect the recruiter’s time by following up only a few times a month. In your follow-up message, reiterate a) your strong interest in the position, b) that you forwarded materials to their attention, and c) you would like to know if you could provide any additional information at that time.
- Be sure, if given the opportunity to interview, that you follow-up with a thank you note.
Cooperative Education/Internship Program
As an international candidate on an F-1 Visa, you are eligible to do a co-op/internship during your time at Embry-Riddle under the curriculum practical training portion of your visa. In order to do a co-op/internship, international students must register their internship for credit through our office.
- Co-op/Internship Program Requirements
- Student Visa Information
- Due to the challenges involved in obtaining employment in the United States as an international candidate, you are encouraged to search for opportunities both in the United States as well as in your home country. You can utilize the various databases offered by the Career Services Office – Going Global and the Aviation Week World Aerospace Database (located on the Career Services Blackboard Organization) to obtain company leads.