Category Archives: Career Advice

Esri Career News for Students

A new issue of Esri News for Students and Recent Grads is now available online.


Included in this issue is information on summer programs (deadlines approaching!), careers for soon-to-be grads, Esri GeoDev Meetups, and more.

We’re looking forward to welcoming more than 100 interns this summer. The majority will be based in Redlands, but we do have opportunities in other regions:

  • Arlington (Software Development)
  • Atlanta (GIS Services)
  • Charlotte (Technical Support, Solution Engineering)
  • Minneapolis (GIS Services)
  • Olympia (Solution Engineering)
  • Portland, ME (Software Development)
  • St. Louis (GIS Services)
  • Washington, DC (Solution Engineering)

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Graduating Soon? Why You Should Start Your Job Hunt Now!

Are you one of the thousands of students who will soon make the transition from college life to the working world? In this interview with Michael Johnson, Esri’s university programs manager, learn what you can—and should—be doing now to land your first full-time job.

How soon before graduation should a student start seriously looking for a job?

It depends on where they’re at professionally and academically. If they have internship experience, they’ll likely already have some leads. I advise students to get going as soon as school starts in the fall semester—proactively leveraging contacts, networking, crafting their resumé, and applying to the places they know they want to work. So many students make the mistake of waiting until the spring semester or even when they graduate before realizing, “Hey, it’s time for me to find a job!”

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Job Hunting During the Holidays: Naughty or Nice?

Esri HR Partners Kristin, left, and Megan

For a lot of us, this time of year can be especially stressful … buying gifts, preparing special meals, and a full social calendar. But if you’re looking for a new job or considering a career change, you don’t have to put the job hunt on hold until after the New Year. Esri HR partners Kristin and Megan share some tips on how you can make the most of looking for a new opportunity during the holiday season.

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Do Your Homework Before Attending a Career Fair

In his 15 years with Esri, talent acquisition leader Jason Otero has represented us at many recruiting events. I recently asked him to share some of his advice for getting the most out of attending a career fair.

What’s the best way for a career fair attendee to prepare for meeting potential employers?

Oftentimes what we find are people who come up to the table prepared to talk about themselves. They’ve got resumes in-hand, they’re dressed appropriately, and they have all their ducks in a row. But what they tend not to have done is research the organizations they want to meet. What gets a recruiter’s attention is the person who comes up with a keen sense of interest in the company and can explain how their background, skills, and interests align with the potential new organization and, specifically, the job opportunities they’re interested in.

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Resumé Tips and More: Tell Us What Makes You Unique

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

As a student looking to get a head start on the job search, and specifically learn more about Esri’s hiring process, I recently sat down with two members of Esri’s HR team, Sandra and Chris. Sandra, who has been with Esri for seven years, supports Educational Services, Product Management, and the Solutions Team, while Chris, an employee for eight years, supports the Professional Services Division. Read what they have to say about the Esri culture, resumés, and qualities they value in applicants.

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What’s Esri Really Like? Chat with Summer Interns to Find Out!

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

On Thursday, August 15th at 4 pm Pacific, a few interns will join us again for our monthly #EsriJobChat on Twitter. With their internships winding down, the students working for Esri this summer have gained invaluable experience and insight into the company. We’d like to introduce them now so you can brainstorm some questions to tweet at them during the chat!

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Gather Around the “Recruiter Roundtable”

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

Summer interns recently gathered on campus at a “Recruiter Roundtable” to hear about the different departments in which new grads can pursue a career at Esri.  With employees from 62 countries, ten regional offices, and 3,000 staff members, Esri is a diverse company with room to grow and a steady stream of available positions.

Recruiters for Software and Product Development, Professional Services, Marketing, Educational Services, Technical Support, Sales, and IST presented available jobs in their respective departments and revealed how interns may be able to fit into positions they might not have considered before.

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Chat with Esri Summer Interns; Gain Insight into Program

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

This Thursday, July 18th at 4 pm Pacific we will feature three interns on our monthly #EsriJobChat. Twitter followers will be able to tweet their questions for interns and HR staff and receive live responses. We’d like to introduce our interns so you can brainstorm some questions to ask them Thursday afternoon!

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Career Advice over a Brown Bag Lunch

By Maura, Strategic Marketing Intern

At Esri, internships are much more than running errands and getting coffee for your supervisor. Esri interns are offered the opportunity to do real work in their departments, assisting veteran employees on important projects and learning about the field in which they’re working. Interns are also afforded a wealth of knowledge on the inner-workings of Esri through a variety of platforms, one being a series of Brown Bag Lunches. These lunches allow interns to hear from current Esri employees, learning about the multitude of departments that compose the company and the journeys that led them to where they are now. Recently interns listened to several employees describe the work they do and how they transitioned from being an intern to a full-time position.

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Special Guest Host for April’s #EsriJobChat on Twitter

We’re excited to have Christie Pleiss from our Professional Services division joining us for this month’s #EsriJobChat Thursday, April 18 at 4 p.m. Pacific.

Christie holds a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined Esri in 2001 as a technical specialist/developer working on what is now known as ArcGIS for Aviation: Charting. In 2004 she became a member of the “Rent-a-Tech” team, providing customers with technology transfer and custom workshops for desktop and ArcGIS Engine development.

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