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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Amtrak IT Recruiting Meet Up

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We are thrilled to report our most recent IT Recruiting Meet Up was a success!  A huge success!

What is an IT Recruiting meet up you ask?

It’s an opportunity for the Amtrak recruiting and leadership teams to meet IT professionals and an opportunity for IT professionals to meet the Amtrak recruiters.  It sounds simple and it is simple.  It’s Networking 101.  In person, no less!

We met with about a dozen candidates from a variety of  IT backgrounds and experience levels.   Candidates had a chance to talk face to face with Amtrak Senior IT Leaders on the future of IT within our organization.   Even better, candidates  left the event inspired about the current and future career opportunities within Amtrak!

Amtrak hiring events are great opportunities for you to visit with our team and to ask specific questions about our company. But don’t worry we have more events are being planned for the spring!  And, if you do not see a hiring event at in your area, you can always apply for open IT positions online.

P.S.  Before the next IT Recruiting Meet up, brush up on your networking skills for hiring events.

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:

At Amtrak it’s More Than Just a Job.

Do what you love Love what you do.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want it to be a fun and fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a performance- oriented culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your personal and professional goals.

Through your energy, enthusiasm and commitment to safety and security, customer service and financial excellence, you are the single most important element of our success. Every day, you deliver on our shared vision of: “Moving America where it wants to go.”

At Amtrak you will have… 

Freedom to Roam – You’ll have the opportunity to discover the country. With Amtrak’s Rail Pass, you and your family can travel our trains at no cost, subject to availability.

Opportunities to Discover – At Amtrak, your potential meets our possibilities through continuous opportunities for learning, personal development and career growth. Every day, we seek to develop and strengthen our Core Competencies – the knowledge, skills and abilities – we need to be successful at Amtrak. We partner with you throughout your career to help you achieve all that’s possible at Amtrak.

A Chance to Be at Your Best – We know we can only do our best for our customers when you feel your best. At Amtrak, we take a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing. You’ll enjoy competitive health and wellness benefits, onsite and community- based fitness activities, as well as savings and income protection opportunities for your future.

Make Your Mark – With Amtrak, your contributions are reflected in our competitive, comprehensive compensation package. We offer performance-based incentives and recognition programs that allow you to benefit from your individual performance and our shared success.

Impact Your Community – Amtrak offers you a number of ways to get involved and give back to the communities where we operate. From annual toy drives to relief efforts in the wake of natural disasters, from the United Way donation drive to our National Train Day that celebrates the importance of rail transportation in towns across America.

 

Hiring Events: What is your goal?

By Wanda Parker-Smith, University Recruiting Program Manager

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One way, to be successful at a job fair, is to go into the event with a goal. What is your goal? This is an important question. Is your goal for the hiring event to find a job; or is your goal to find a fulfilling career?

Employers meet a large number of potential candidates in a short period of time at hiring events. It’s easy to spot passionate people who are ready to begin their career, and it’s even easier to spot people who just want a job.

#AmtrakCareersTIP: You are not off to a good start if you begin your conversation with a company representative with the question, “what jobs do you have?” 

Recruiters are looking for candidates with a career focus. Explore career opportunities with a number of employers and focus on your qualifications and your future career goals.

Before the Career Fair:

  • Get a list of the companies that will be attending the career fair
  • Be open to looking at smaller companies – don’t focus your attention solely on well-known or large companies.
  • Identify the companies that are looking for candidates with your experience/degree. Research each company so you don’t waste your time meeting with companies that are not a good fit
  • Prepare questions to ask the employers.

Sample Questions:

  1. How many employees does your company have?
  2. How long does the hiring process take?
  3. How long have you been with the company?
  4. What percentage of applicants are eventually hired? What is the retention rate?
  5. How would you describe your organization’s culture? 
  6. Do you offer relocation?

During the Career Fair:

  • Map out your strategy. Look online to see where the company’s you are interested in are located onsite.
  • Dress appropriately, comb your hair and stand up straight!
  • Display good organizational skills. Many companies do not accept paper resumes these days but have a copy or two on hand just in case but don’t pull your resume wrinkled or folded out of your pocket or backpack. Invest in a nice professional bag or simply carry a plain folder with you.
  • Take notes and get names or business cards of the people you talk to.
  • Practice your introduction and remember your career goals. Ask your friends to help you practice your introduction before the event.
  • Make sure your handshake is firm and look the company representative in their eyes. Again, ask your friends to help you practice. No one likes a wimpy handshake!
  • Have your three or four sentences ready to go if you are asked, “Why did you visit Amtrak’s table today? Remember you are looking for a career not a just a job.
  • When you meet with the recruiter, spend your time wisely. Explain what you can do for Amtrak. Be concise and thorough explaining you feel you are qualified using real examples but don’t talk too much! Don’t rehash how long you’ve been out of work, how many resumes you’ve sent out and the number of interviews you’ve been on.
  • Follow instructions –if Amtrak is not taking resumes or conducting interviews on site, make sure you visit their website and apply online.
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities at the hiring events if available.

After the Career Fair:

  • Follow-up with the recruiter (via email, letter or phone call) to thank the recruiter for meeting with you.
  • Identify the hiring event where you met the recruiter and mention something to make the recruiter remember you (i.e., NJIT Spring Job Fair)
  • Express your interest in working for Amtrak and find out what are the next steps in the interviewing process (i.e., a face-to-face interview)

Hopefully, these tips have helped. Hiring events are great opportunities for you to visit with our team and to ask specific questions about our company. But don’t worry if you do not see a hiring event in your area, you can always search for and apply for your next career opportunity online at jobs.Amtrak.com.

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

“Amtrak Ink,” December 2014: A Monthly Publication for and by Amtrak Employees

Amtrak Ink is the Amtrak employees’ monthly source for company news, information and features. You can search for and apply for jobs at Amtrak in our career center at jobs.Amtrak.com.

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LinkedIn Video: Top Five Profile To-Do’s

So, you want to join Linkedin to help with your Amtrak career development or your Amtrak job search?

Regardless of your current job status, having an updated Linkedin profile will help you in your career growth.  If you are a current Amtrak employee, your Linkedin profile allows you to become a brand ambassador and further connect with your Amtrak colleagues.  You may also find your Linkedin profile will help others find a new career on #TeamAmtrak.  If you are actively seeking a career at Amtrak, an updated and complete Linkedin profile will help Amtrak recruiters understand what sets you apart from other candidates.

To help you get started, below is a great video by Linkedin of the top 5 profile To-Do’s to get you started. And to top it off, we’ve provided an additional 10-point checklist.

BONUS 10-Point Linkedin Profile Checklist:

1. Set you vanity URL

By default, your Linkedin URL includes numbers and characters and is quite long. Customize your Linkedin URL by adding your name when you are editing your profile and include this on your resume and email signature.

2. Include Other Web References
Add a link to your personal website, Twitter account, blog, or other links to your profile within the “contact info” section.

3. Include a Summary
This is your opportunity to highlight the best of your experience and skills. Be sure to write this summary in there first person.

4. Embed Media
Add work related documents, video, images, audio in your summary, work experience and education sections.

5. Education
List your concentration, major or minor and certifications for all institutions you’ve attended.

6. Status Updates
Keep your profile updated and regularly update your status. A status update may include a link to an article, information about a professional conference you are attending, or you may consider asking a question of your network to encourage interaction.

7. Groups
Join college alumni groups, professional associations, and any industry or company related groups such as the Amtrak IT Jobs, Amtrak Veteran Careers, and Amtrak Students.  Select to share the group badges on your profile and visit the group often to participate in discussions by answering questions or sharing links to interesting articles.

8. Get 100% Complete
Help recruiters understand what sets you apart from other candidates by completing your profile with awards, honors, and certifications.

9. Make It Public
If you are an active job seeker, help recruiters find you by making sure your Linkedin profile is viewable by everyone. You can edit your privacy settings at any time.

10. Start connecting
Connect with your current colleagues, classmates, and industry professionals.

Not sure how to edit your profile?  This Linkedin tutorial will help.

 

A Successful Job Search Begins with Researching an Employer

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By Wanda Parker-Smith, University Recruiting Program Manager

Applicants can fall short during an interview because they failed to do one important thing – research the organization. It’s important to be knowledgeable about the organization to which you are applying. A lack of knowledge could mean that you, the applicant, do not have an interest in the organization to which you are applying.

Do you have an interest in learning about Amtrak and career opportunities the company offers? If so, let’s get started. Visit Amtrak’s website to learn about its:

  1. History (who is Amtrak)
  2. Company Culture
  3. Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Behavior
  4. Career Opportunities  and our commitment to hiring veterans
  5. Projects and/or Services
  6. 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

In addition to the company’s website, you can also gain valuable insight by connecting socially? Visit the company on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and join Amtrak’s discussion groups like the Amtrak Students or Amtrak Veterans groups and chat with #TeamAmtrak.

Don’t make the mistake of using up your valuable interview time by asking a question that can easily be answered by visiting the Amtrak website. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you’ve done your homework and Amtrak is a good fit for you.

Stand out from the crowd – research, research, research.