Preparing for the Industry/Career Expo

Embry-Riddle Aerona2010 Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expoutical University students and alumni are invited to attend the annual Industry/Career Expos at the Prescott, AZ and Daytona Beach, FL campuses.  The Prescott event is being held on Thursday, October 6, 2011.  The Daytona Beach Expo is occurring on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  Information about each event is found under the “Upcoming Events” section of the blog.

The Industry/Career Expos highlight many of the employers who specifically target Embry-Riddle students and alumni.  These events are great opportunities for you to identify job and co-op/internship openings, connect with companies, meet new employers and network with the representatives, many of whom are alumni.

In order to focus your time at the events, you should review the following tips.  Most importantly, you must prepare for a career fair just like you would an interview.

  • Review the list of employers and decide what companies are your primary targets; be open-minded about meeting the companies that may not be at the top of your list
  • Research your targeted companies thoroughly
  • Apply for positions, either through EagleHire Network or the companies’ websites, prior to the day of the event
  • Bring customized resumes and copies of specific job postings/ requisition numbers that you have either applied to or are interested in learning more; you be may told to apply online as this is usually a requirement to keep in compliance with certain laws; do bring a few general resumes, still targeted towards the job you want…you do not need to bring cover letters
  • Prepare an introductory statement, often called the elevator speech or 30 second commercial, as a way to jumpstart your conversation with a potential employer; keep it brief but poignant
  • Understand your career objectives and goals and be able to clearly explain what you want to do and what you can offer the company

Career Services will be offering preparation workshops at both the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses. Check the EagleHire Network calendar for more information. Can’t make a presentation? View archives of past Daytona Beach Career Services presentations.

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