by Amy Treutel
Mark your calendars right away, the 2012 Industry/Career Expo is October 10th! With the Expo being just six weeks after the start of the fall semester, it is imperative you start taking measures to prepare yourself for this on-campus hiring event.
- Begin preparing your resume. A resume is an ever-changing document, so take some time this summer to accumulate your accomplishments and projects onto one page. Remember to pay attention to any awards or scholarships you have won, flight ratings you’ve received, or research projects you have worked on in past semesters. Also be sure to add any work experience you have to your resume, whether it is related to your degree program or not.
- Research companies attending the expo. An up-to-date list of companies registered for the expo is available on our website, so you can monitor the companies seeking candidates from your specific degree program.
- Make a list of the companies you want to target at the Expo. Even though your list will be ever-changing as companies continue to register for the event, start figuring out which companies have jobs or internships that interest you for the future. Research the individual companies to learn more about the corporate culture, locations of different divisions, and what projects are currently in the works.
- Plan your business attire. The Industry/Career Expo will require you to have business attire to attend. If you don’t have a suit and tie, or suit and blouse, shop the summer or back-to-school sales to find an affordable option. Remember to pair a dark suit with a neutral colored shirt underneath, and always have clean, non-scuffed dress shoes. Outlet malls and discount stores are great options to find a reasonably priced, professional outfit. It’s also important to have extra outfits planned for the company information sessions that happen in the days both before and after the Expo.
- Put together your professional portfolio. The summer is a great opportunity to take the time to compile all of your professional accomplishments together. A portfolio typically contains projects you’ve worked on, writing samples, and letters of recommendation from faculty and previous employers.
- Keep updated with Career Services. Career Services’ Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Blackboard communities will be updated throughout the summer with the latest information and articles pertaining to your job search. Make sure to check back often so you don’t miss any important information!
Amy Treutel graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Air Traffic Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics with a specialization in Management. She currently works as the Office Associate and has been part of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Career Services team for five years.