CyHire Tips and Frequently Asked Questions for Students

CyHire is the primary online tool that ISU engineering students should use to identify job opportunities, submit resumes for consideration, and arrange interviews.  All professional employment opportunities (co-ops/internships and post-graduation) being recruited for on the ISU campus should be in CyHire.  The system even has a job alert that will regularly email job seekers with information about job postings that meet a customizable search criteria.

CyHire also contains information about employers and allows you to make advising appointments with Engineering Career Services, report after-graduation plans, and more.  Learn how to use CyHire more effectively by reading through the following frequently asked questions and advanced tips.

General Tip: Use the ‘Back’ button within CyHire rather than on the browser.

Frequently Asked CyHire Questions

Getting Started

Each Iowa State student has an account automatically created for them. During the first week of classes, Engineering Career Services ( will send you an email containing your login information. Go to and use your ISU login information.

To access your CyHire account go to You will use Iowa State’s Okta system to log in.

Once you have logged in, click on your Initials in the circle on the top right of the page. Then in the dropdown menu click My Account. It is very important to fill in all required information under the Personal and Academic sub-sections. This information qualifies you for access to certain jobs and interviews.

Please make sure you are using to log in.

Alumni: If you forgot your password, please email and we will assist in getting your password reset

Current Students: If you forgot your password visit Click on Account Setup II: Password Reset. If you are still having trouble and your password is not the issue, please email and we will assist.

Only career services personnel can see your information in CyHire. Employers cannot see any of your information. This includes your resume unless you submit it to them in order to be considered for a specific position.

  • Click the Advising Tab shortcut on the top right side of your CyHire homepage.
  • Select Engineering Career Advising (Grad and Undergrad) in the Type
  • Enter a date and time range, then click Check Availability to see what appointment times are currently available.
  • Select the appointment time that you would like to schedule.  If you have a message that you would like to send to the advisor, enter it into the Additional Notes field (this is not required) then click Submit Request.

Networking is an essential part of the job search process.  Networking is simply building relationships and connecting with others to exchange information, advice, contacts, and support. In the job search process, face-to-face networking is the most effective and occurs at career fairs, information sessions, professional society meetings and other events where there is an opportunity to engage with employers. View more information about Networking.

  • The Career Fair sub-section provides a list of all career fairs. Select the upcoming career fair and select the Employers tab to see a list of all companies that are currently planning to attend. Use the More Filters function to narrow down the companies that meet your criteria.
  • Clicking the name of the company will take you to the company profile and may provide a position description along with the screening criteria.  Company profiles are great to research before attending the career fair. For more tips visit the Career Fair Advice page.
  • The Information Sessions sub-section provides information about upcoming meetings that employers will be holding to provide information about the company that they represent.  In addition to learning more about employers, information sessions provide opportunities to meet company representatives and do a little networking.  In some cases, employers may fill open slots in interview schedules through the networking that occurs at an information session.

Developing professional skills such as: resume writing, networking, interviewing, and more; are very beneficial in helping you navigate the employment process. Attending career development seminars and workshops are great ways to help build these skills to help set you apart.

  • The Career Presentations sub section provides information about upcoming career development seminars and workshops. Career development seminars offer you an environment where you can learn from experts and ask any career-related questions you have. We offer dozens of seminars and workshops each semester on a variety of topics.

CyHire should be your primary tool when searching for open positions since all employers are required to post their positions in the system for Equal Employment Opportunity compliance.

To review current employment opportunities:

  1. Click the Jobs tab on the top navigation menu
  2. Click Search in drop down menu under Jobs
  3. Use the ‘More Filters’ to select your Major then click Apply
  4. Use Position Type to select either Post-Graduation Employment or Experiential Education then click Apply
  5. Click on Search

To create narrowed a search and create a job alert:

  1. Click the Jobs tab on the top navigation menu
  2. Click Search in drop down menu under Jobs
  3. Use the ‘More Filters’ to select your Major then click Apply
    • You can also filter by:
      • Class Level
      • Location
      • Work Authorization
  4. Use Position Type to select either Post-Graduation Employment or Experiential Education then click Apply
  5. Click on Search
  6. Click Create Job Alert

Tip: After searching, click on the Job Alerts. You can then choose to have the system run this search a regular basis and email you the results.

Employers can set screening criteria to determine what qualifications students must meet in order to apply for a position with on-campus interviews. The following screening criteria within CyHire may affect your qualification for interviews:

  • Graduation date
  • Major
  • Work authorization
  • GPA
    • NOTE: Your GPA is downloaded from the ISU Registrar and cannot be changed. A GPA from another institution is not averaged into your ISU GPA.

To view or edit your qualification information, log in to your CyHire account and click on the circle with your initials in the top right corner. Click My Account then Academic Profile. Keep your profile current so you don’t miss any job opportunities!

Tip: Keep your profile current so you don’t miss any job opportunities.

Applying for Jobs

You can withdraw your application and re-apply through CyHire. Simply click on ‘My Job Applications’ in the Jobs section. Then click on the 3 dots to the right of the appropriate job and select “Withdraw”. Please be aware of the closing date for the position, if the position has closed you will no longer be able to make changes.

Yes, you can upload an unofficial transcript to CyHire (simply copy from AccessPlus and paste into a Word document), and use this when applying for positions.

To get a PDF copy of your transcript you can follow these steps.

  1. Login to AccessPlus
  2. Go to the Student Tab
  3. Select Grades & Transcripts
  4. Select View Unofficial Transcript
  5. Select Printer Friendly Version
  6. Select Print to PDF

  • On the Job Postings page, click on the title of the job you wish to apply for. The left column displays the job description and the right column displays details about the application.

    You will be asked to apply in one of 3 ways (indicated under HOW TO APPLY).

    1. By visiting the company’s website.
    2. By seeing the company at the career fair.
    3. By clicking the Apply button.
      • Select your resume (that you previously uploaded to CyHire) from the drop-down menu.
      • Select any other required documents (marked with an *).
      • If you would like to add a message to the employer, you can do so in the NOTES section. This is not a required field.
      • Click on Submit.

    Clicking Submit means the employer will electronically receive access to your resume. Resume books are not created and employers do not browse through the system. Employers will never see your resume unless you submit it. Your action is required for the employers having access to your resume.

CyHire makes it very easy for job seekers to submit their resumes to employers and it makes it easy for employers to collect and review resumes.  For many job opportunities, you must apply for the position by submitting your resume using CyHire.

Before you upload your resume, make sure you have prepared a resume that is likely to lead to an interview.  Review our information on best practices for preparing an effective resume.  You can also make an appointment with career services to get advice on your resume.

Steps for uploading a resume

  • Save your resume as a PDF before uploading to CyHire to avoid delays due to document conversion.
  • Click on the My Documents tab
  • Click Add New
  • Type a label. Recommendation for the label: Full Name_MonthYear (Example: Kevin Smith_November2013)
    • If using for a specific company, add the company’s name (Example: Kevin Smith_November2013_Boeing)
  • Click Choose File and select the correct file; click Submit
  • You can upload up to 30 documents

To edit a resume once it has been uploaded, you will need to make changes to the document outside of CyHire and then upload the edited version using the steps above.  If you have submitted a resume to an employer for consideration, you will need to withdraw and re-submit the resume (the same applies for other documents) in order for the employer to have the most current version.


  • Sign in to CyHire and click on the circle that shows your initials in the top right corner of the page. Click on ‘My Interviews’ to view your interview status.

    • If you have been invited to schedule an interview, the position will be shown under the ‘Requested Interviews’ section. This is where you can schedule your interview time or decline the interview invitation.
    • If you have scheduled an interview, the position will be shown under the ‘Scheduled Interviews’ section.
    • If you have not been selected to interview yet, you will not see the position listed under Requested Interviews or Scheduled Interviews.

    • On your CyHire homepage, click on Scheduled Interviews.
    • Choose the appropriate interview schedule.
    • Click the cancel interview or the reschedule tab under the Interview Details section.

    Note: Employers must be provided with at least 48 hours notice when it is necessary to cancel an interview.  Please see the cancellation policy for more information.