You’re Invited: Amtrak Virtual Career Fair

We are very excited to announce we are having a second VIRTUAL career fair on April 29, 2015!

Visit one of our virtual career booths to learn more and to chat with one our recruiters about job opportunities with Amtrak’s Executive and Corporate, Northeast Corridor, Mechanical and Engineering, Long Distance and State Supported and IT teams.

 Register now – space is limited! 

 

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More about the Amtrak Hiring Process

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Are you ready to join the Amtrak team?  

Once you have searched for and identified jobs that best fit your qualifications and experience, take a minute to learn a little more about our hiring process, core competencies and interview process.

The Hiring Process:

In order to be considered for any type of position, you must fill out the online application. Resumes that are mailed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to Amtrak or an Amtrak employee will not be considered.

Once you have submitted an online application, our employment team will review it and notify you via e-mail if you have been selected to participate in the next step of the recruiting process. This may include taking the Amtrak Culture Fit and other pre-qualification assessments that may be required for the position to which you are applying.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you will only hear from an Amtrak representative if you are selected for an interview.  Read more about the hiring process and view a short “how to apply” video here. 

Your Resume:

Your resume should reflect your work experience, and explain how your skills, education, and professional experiences relate to the Amtrak Core Competencies. If you are selected as a potential candidate for an Amtrak position, an Amtrak recruiter will contact you to schedule an interview (either in person or by phone).  Amtrak’s core competencies are a collection of knowledge, skills, and abilities required to drive both individual and organizational success.

  • Drive Safety and Security – controls exposure for self and others.
  • Put Customers First – Builds loyalty through positive relationships within and outside the company.
  • Maximize Business Results – Uses knowledge of the company, industry, market, and government stakeholders to increase Amtrak profitability.
  • Deliver with Accountability – Accomplishes tasks with excellence and holds self and others accountable for delivering high-quality results.
  • Collaborate for Results – Partners with others to reach shared goals.
  • Lead and Develop People – Supports the Amtrak mission by positively influencing others to grow.
  • Lead and Manage Change – Grows and adapts through continuous improvement and change.
  • Embrace Diversity – Demonstrates respect for inclusion of others within and outside the company.

During your interview, you will be expected to communicate your skills, education, and work experiences and how they relate to the Amtrak Core Competencies.

Interviewing at Amtrak:

All of our hiring managers are trained on the interviewing system called Targeted Selection®.  This training benefits internal candidates (current employees) AND external candidates (future employees). Targeted Selection is a comprehensive, proven, and accurate behavior-based interviewing system that will standardize and improve the way we conduct our hiring process. Read more about the benefits of the Targeted Selection interviewing system.

We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States.  Amtrak is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The future rides with us.  Let’s enjoy the journey together!  Search for your dream job at jobs.Amtrak.com today!

#AmtrakFAQ: Is Amtrak hiring?

Is Amtrak hiring?

Yes. Amtrak is always looking for new talent to join our team. You can search and apply for open jobs by keyword, category or location in our Career Center at jobs.amtrak.com.

How does the hiring process work?

In order to be considered for any type of position, you must fill out the online application. Resumes that are mailed, e-mailed or hand-delivered to Amtrak or an Amtrak employee will not be considered.

Once you have submitted an online application, our employment team will review it and notify you via e-mail if you have been selected to participate in the next step of the recruiting process. This may include taking the Amtrak Culture Fit and other pre-qualification assessments that may be required for the position to which you are applying.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you will only hear from an Amtrak representative if you are selected for an interview.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for all positions. All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Have a look at our “how to” video:

Email: The Yin and the Yang of it!

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By Wanda Parker-Smith, University Recruiting Program Manager

It doesn’t matter if you are a Millennial or a Baby Boomer — email etiquette reminders are always good to have in your back pocket. Like it or not, email is still the most commonly used communication in today’s workplace. I’ve seen it all in my tenure at Amtrak.

Heck, I remember when we didn’t even have email! Millennials, can you imagine?! Maybe that’s why I still believe in certain situations, a face-to-face or telephone conversation may be the best communication style. That’s lesson number one for my Millennial colleagues. Lesson number one for my Baby Boomer colleagues is sometimes email is safer and smarter, and sometimes you just have to adjust your communication style depending on with whom you are communicating.

I guess it’s the yin and the yang of communicating today. Without further adieu, below are a few tips from me on how to effectively communicate with your colleagues via email:

DO

  • Identify why you are writing to the recipient(s) in the subject line.
  • Think about what you want to say before typing your message.
  • Keep your email message short and concise.
  • An email message is a reflection of you. Always read over your email message before hitting the “send” button.
  • Check your email often and respond to the sender in a timely fashion. If you need additional time to research an issue, acknowledge the email and let the sender know when you will have an answer.
  • Think about whether “emoticons” are appropriate when communicating with an executive in your organization.
  • Prepare an automatic response to senders when you will be absent from the office. Identify a contact person or provide your cell number if the sender needs immediate attention (good customer service skills).
  • Use Instant Message (IM) appropriately in the workplace. IM messages are designed to be short and to the point. If the receiver is unavailable to have a conversation, refrain from sending repetitive messages.

DON’T

  • Hit the “respond to all” button if recipients don’t need to read your message.
  • Discipline or fire an employee via email.
  • Send an email when you are angry. Remember, emails can be saved and forwarded to other individuals in your organization.
  • Forward jokes, chain letters or other inappropriate emails to your colleagues.
  • Type your message in all “capital” letters (this is identified as yelling or shouting).
  • Use “jargon” (i.e., RRB) if the recipients are not familiar with your company’s terminology.

Bottom line…. if you have to think too hard before you send an email then perhaps a face-to-face or telephone conversation may be your best bet.  Just say’ in.

Translate your Military Skills (via @RecruitMilitary)

Because Amtrak has a long history of providing career opportunities to veterans and we are committed to continuing this tradition we thought this video by RecruitMilitary was too good not to share.

We have a team of dedicated recruiters who will work with you to understand your military skills experience and training to find career opportunities that best align with your capabilities – but it starts with you!  Help us help you!

How to Translate your Military Skills to Civilian Language Effectively from Recruit Military on Vimeo.

You can also connect with our Veteran hiring team on Linkedin in our Amtrak Veterans Group or on Twitter @AmtrakVets

#AmtrakCareersTIP: Feedback=Power

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By the Amtrak My CareerTrack Team

Feedback may not always be what you want to hear, but it is a powerful source of information for individuals at all career stages.  Consider the saying, “You can’t fix, what you don’t know is broken”.  Whether or not you agree with what others think of you, it is helpful to know how you are perceived by others so you can take action to improve your standing at work.  Rather than just going through the motions of the End-of-Year Wrap-Up, use the process as a way to gain insightful knowledge about yourself and other’s perceptions of you at work.  Below are some tips for receiving feedback so that you can make the most of it.

  • Solicit feedback in clear and specific areas – For instance, ask for examples of how you perform specific tasks or work interactions or in an interview situation consider asking for examples of why you were selected for the job interview.
  • Seek to understand the feedback – You do not need to agree with it to understand it.  Often times it will be more helpful for you to understand why you are thought of in a certain way opposed to arguing about why it is not true of you.  Remember other people’s perceptions of you are their reality and affect how they interact with you.
  • Paraphrase the feedback that you receive – This will show that you are listening and can provide an opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings.
  • Request information related to the impact of your behavior – Try to get insight on how your actions impacted your interview, work products/processes, individuals and work groups.
  • Request suggestions for how to improve areas of weakness and leverage your strengths – Whether feedback is positive or negative, try to get some guidance on how to strengthen your performance.

 

Amtrak Job Fairs: we are hiring!

The Amtrak recruiting team may be coming to a job fair near you! We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. We seek qualified, dedicated professionals with demonstrated work experience and/or relevant skills to join our team. Join us at a hiring event near you! http://jobs.Amtrak.com

Social Media and Your #Amtrak Job Search

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By Wanda Parker-Smith, University Recruiting Program Manager

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Social media is a great job search tool. Like many companies, Amtrak is using social media sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to connect with potential candidates. Whether you are new to social media or not, here are five tips on how social media can help you get noticed by recruiters and hiring managers at Amtrak.

Tip 1:   Create a Professional Profile
What will Amtrak hiring managers think about your online resume?  Does it reflect who you are as a potential employee?

Tip 2:  Be Aware of the Keywords You Include in Your Profile.  It’s not uncommon for Amtrak and other employers to conduct key word searches to identify talent on professional sites such as LinkedIn.  Review your profile and online resume to ensure you have the key skill sets identified in order to land your next job.

Tip 3:  Display Photos and Information that will help you get a “Seat at the Table.”  Do not become a topic of conversation because of adverse comments and photos that you post on social media.

Tip 4:  There is a Difference between Personal and Professional. Create a professional photo and email address.  Remember, this information is telling employers (such as Amtrak) who you are a potential candidate.

Tip 5:  Proofread, Proofread, and Proofread.  The information you display on social media should be error-free.  Typically, you will get one chance to impress an employer – don’t blow the opportunity because of a misspelled word.

Now let’s connect! 

We have several options for connecting with the Amtrak Talent Acquisition team.

If you are a student:

Join our Linkedin Group

Follow us on Twitter

If you are a United States Veteran:

Follow us on Twitter

In general:

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Follow Amtrak on Linkedin

Add us to your circles on Google+

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel

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Follow us on Instagram

Dear #AmtrakCareers: Do I need a resume?

Dear Amtrak Careers

Dear Amtrak Careers: I am a current Amtrak employee, and I am ready for an Amtrak career change. Do I need a resume?

Having a solid and effective resume can actually improve your chances of landing your next job at Amtrak. A great resume is your first opportunity to make an impression on a recruiter or hiring manager. Being able to concisely summarize your skills, education, and experience is essential to career advancement.

These 6 resume tips are intended to help you put forth the best possible impression of yourself on paper.

  1. Organized Format
    Use a traditional chronological resume format that provides concise detail around your experience. Keep the format simple with traditional fonts (Arial or Times). Don’t forget your contact information – make it easy for the recruiter to get in touch with you.
  2. Introduce Yourself
    Include yourself in a short summary at the top your resume highlighting your most impressive career achievements at Amtrak. This summary is a good opportunity to list your Amtrak volunteer experience.  If you’ve volunteered for National Train Day for the last five years – let it be known! Participating in company sponsored events show you are an active and engaged employee.
  3. Relevant Experience
    If you are experienced in your industry, you do not need to list the very first job. If you’re a recent graduate, list part-time jobs, internships, volunteer work, or coursework relevant to the job. Avoid listing hobbies that are not relevant to the job.
  4. Keywords
    All companies have acronyms keywords unique to their business (i.e. Safe2Safer) – highlight this knowledge on your resume to reinforce your company knowledge. Have a look at the job description and include these keywords in your resume.
  5. Be optimistic, but realistic.
    Do not apply for a job because you “know you can do” it or you are a “quick learner.”  Remember it’s not a numbers game.  It will not help your job search efforts by applying for every open position.  In fact, applying for too many jobs in a short period may be interpreted as a lack of career focus.
  6. Spelling and Grammar
    Read your resume or cover letter out loud to yourself. If you find yourself stumbling over words, you will want to revise and eliminate redundancy and don’t forget to use spellcheck! You’d be surprised how many resumes are passed over because of an unfortunate misspelling.

Weekly #AmtrakCareersTIP Recap – July 18, 2014

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Here are a few of our favorite career related articles that you may find useful as an Amtrak employee or in your job search with us.

  1. How to Have a Great Interview and Stand Out via the Rally Point Blog
    Some say going into an interview is like going into a battlefield. Well, luckily here at RallyPoint there is no battle that we cannot handle. Interviewing is hard, it is draining but the reward of getting a job is completely worth it. As with the whole job-hunting process, interviewing takes time and prep work: you want to be dressed professionally, have copies of your resume, and anything else pertinent to the interview. So are you ready? Read More >
  1. 35 Body Language Secrets That Will Help You Get Ahead at Work by Catherine Jessen via The Daily Muse
    You’ve probably heard by now that body language can give you a leg up in the workplace. It can determine the way your interactions with others go. It can make you shine in presentations and interviews. Read More >
  1. Top 10 Interview Questions and Sample Answers via Hire Heroes USA
    What about this job interests you? The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. Be clear about why you are interested in the job and the value you can bring to their organization. Read More > 
  1. Top 5 Military Skills for Civilian Jobs via the Rally Point Blog
    Every skill is transferable. It’s just how you sell yourself that makes the difference.  One of the most important things to remember while in the process of translating your military experience into civilian based experienced is this: the skills you developed as a service member are truly valuable and are in high demand. Read More >
  1. 15 LinkedIn Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid by Deborah Shane via Small Biz Trends
    LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and now a potent publishing hub, too. If you use it with all of the best practices in mind, then it can be a tremendous, consistent source of connections, information and results.  But if you blunder, it won’t be nearly as powerful for you. These 15 LinkedIn mistakes can easily be avoided, so that you can get the most out of your commitment to LinkedIn. Read More >

 Are you ready to join #TeamAmtrak?  You can search jobs by keyword or location NOW at jobs.Amtrak.com!