CyHire Tips 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.

A video overview of CyHire is available in Canvas (ISU login required):

How do I access CyHire and edit my profile? Why is it important to update my profile?

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.

Why is it necessary to upload a resume and how is it done?

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.
  • Select Add a Resume in the navigation bar in the middle of the page
  • Click Add New
  • Type a label. Recommendation for the label: LastName_MonthYear (Example: Smith_November2013)
    • If using for a specific company, add the company’s name (Example: Smith_November2013_Boeing)
  • Click Browse and choose the correct document; 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.

Where can I find the most comprehensive list of engineering internships, co-ops, and post-graduation jobs?

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:

  • Select Jobs > Search in the navigation bar at the top of the page.
  • Use the filters at the top of the page or click More Filters to open an advanced search.
  • Once you have entered all of your advanced search filters, click Apply.

How can I narrow my search for jobs in a specific major, location, etc. and set up a job alert?

Click on Jobs > Search in the navigation bar at the top of the page.

  • In the filters at the top of the page, select the appropriate Position Type. Experiential Education consists of co-ops and internships.
  • Click More Filters to open an advanced search.
  • Select your major in the Majors/Concentrations
  • Click Yes in the Exclude positions open to all majors
  • You can also filter by location, class level, work authorization, and others.
  • Once you have entered all of your advanced search filters, click Apply.

Tip: After completing your search, click on Create Job Alert to save your search criteria.  Next click on Job Alerts to choose to have the system run this search on a regular basis and email you the results.

How do I apply for a job?

  • 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 when you click the Apply button).
      1. By visiting the company’s website.
      2. By seeing the company at the career fair.
      3. By submitting your resume and other application materials through CyHire.
        • 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. 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.

On the Job Posting page for interviews, what does Screening Criteria mean?

The terms qualifications and screening criteria are synonymous.  You can view and edit your qualifications by selecting click on your Initials in the circle on the top right of the page then select My Account. You will then select Academic Profile on the account information page.  The following screening criteria may affect your qualification for certain 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.

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

What happens after I submit my resume to a company for an interview schedule?

  • In the navigation bar in the middle of the page under Interviews, you will see the interview in Pending status under the Requested Interviews
  • The employer will review your application, and decide whether or not to invite you to an interview.  If you are invited to interview, you will see a message in the What’s New feed on your homepage along with a link to Schedule your interview.
    • Click on the link, then click the three dots below the word Invited for that interview.  Here you will have the option to Decline Interview or Schedule Interview.
    • To schedule your interview, select the desired time and click Submit.
  • If an employer chooses not to invite you to interview, the job will remain under the Requested Interviews column and the status will change to Not Invited.

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How can I cancel or reschedule an interview time?

  • Select the Interviews tab in the navigation bar on the middle of the page.
  • In the Scheduled Interviews column, click on the three dots next to the appropriate interview.
  • Click Cancel or Reschedule in the drop-down menu.

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.

Why is the Events section important?

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.

How can I schedule an advising appointment with a career services advisor?

  • 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.

Who can see my information in CyHire?

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.