Industry/Career Expo – Prescott, Arizona Campus

The Prescott, AZ Industry/Career Expo is Thursday, October 3 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Activity Center.

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Preparing Your Elevator Speech for Expo Introductions

By Sandi Ohman

elevator_pitchThe Industry/Career Expo is around the corner – October 3 (Prescott, AZ) and October 9 (Daytona Beach, FL) will be here soon!  There are 80+ companies that have registered to attend the events, to date.  Attendees won’t speak to every company that attends, but hopefully, they will speak to at least one or more exhibitors.  First impressions are so important, and a bad first impression is hard to overcome.  From the attire, overall neat and professional appearance, recruiters begin to form initial impressions; once conversation begins, impressions begin to solidify.

An informal survey of recruiters who attended the Industry/Career Expo in the past indicated that the following top areas stood out and made impressions:

  1. The student has knowledge about the company and knows a few specific facts
  2. The student knows what they want to do for that specific company, or at least has an idea
  3. Ability to carry on a conversation with the recruiter – has satisfactory communication skills
  4. Has a good introduction
  5. The student knows their strengths and interests
  6. The students have  a true passion for their career interest
  7. The student has a good attitude and shows confidence – whether real or not
  8. The student is prepared – research, resume, note pad to take notes
  9. Well groomed and dresses appropriately for the event, a good handshake, makes eye contact and smiles
  10. The student has strong academics

Notice the theme of these responses is preparation oriented – either dress and appearance or communication.  Elements of the Elevator Speech can help attendees be prepared to communicate well with recruiters.  The elements are Know Your Audience and Know Yourself.  After you prepare these elements, organize your Elevator Speech into a quick, direct introduction that covers who you are, what you want and what you can offer.

Know Your Audience

Knowing your audience for Expo requires researching the companies that are attending.  Look at the current positions on their websites, any job postings in EagleHire Network, and what positions they are recruiting for at the Industry/Career Expo.  It is hard to find out the names/titles of the recruiters who will be attending ahead of time, since those attendees can change the day before or even the day of the event.  Many times alumni of ERAU attend the Expo event as recruiters for their employers.  Look for alumni pins on the recruiters’ collars or name tags as a quick sign that they are alumni.  You may want to ask them about their experiences and career paths taken after they graduated from ERAU.

Know Yourself

Know your strengths, how you would describe yourself (creative, energetic, flexible, motivated, etc.), why you are interested in this industry/company/position, and what you can offer the company.

Action

As the speech is developed, it is important to write the points down and even to write out the few sentences to make sure they flow well. Memorize the lines.  Be sincere, conversational and natural, while still being organized, prepared and rehearsed.  Practice the elevator speech out loud, projecting passion and interest, and talking at an average speed.  This will ensure effective communication.  Remember every conversation will not go exactly as rehearsed, so know when to change directions to follow the flow of the conversation.

Making eye contact with the recruiter, while not staring them down, is important since it conveys truthfulness.  Examples or a quick story worked into the Elevator Speech give credibility and content for the recruiter to direct questions.  The final part is to end the interaction with an action call – ask for a business card, a review of the resume, or an interview, if appropriate timing.

Check out the CareerSpot Video on the Elevator Speech for more information and for an example.

Sandi Ohman is the Senior Program Manager in the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  She has been with the university for over 9 years and has advised students in most all degree areas while in Career Services.  Sandi brings additional experience having worked in the finance industry for over 6 years in her previous career.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida, and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Central Florida.

Co-op Spotlight from Summer 2013: Jason P. Alvarez

Embry-Riddle’s Cooperative Education/Internship Program at the Daytona Beach campus had 144 participants this past summer term.  Students gained practical work experiences in co-op or internship positions with approximately 103 companies in the U.S. and across the globe.

Jason is just one of the students whose summer was spent gaining valuable experience in an environment where he was being mentored and supervised by other professionals.

Jason P. AlvarezJason boeing

Estimating & Pricing Specialist Intern

Commercial Aviation Services Core Finance, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

My internship this summer in CAS Finance has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. My manager, Vance Bader, has been an excellent leader and has given me lots of flexibility to dive into complex projects and get a good understanding of how the business model works in CAS. Additionally, he allowed me to explore other fields (marketing, sales, finance, etc.) by conducting informational interviews with managers and the leadership team. These informational interviews have allowed me to expand my network, seek advice, and see how the other business units fit in the overall strategy of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

A few of the teams that I worked on projects for (besides CAS) were Flight Services and Digital Aviation. The Flight Services Estimating Project that I worked on with Kristen Roller was to clean up historical data and have it easily accessible to read and decipher. I broke down the costs to the right level of the specific business case activity and looked at costs by teardown, Jason another Boeingpackaging/boxing, shipping land, shipping sea, set up, and re-certify the simulator for training. The Digital Aviation Project that I worked with Rich Crowley was to contact AeroInfo, CDG, and ILS and see how they catalog and update prices for services. This project allowed me to contact the chief financial officers and ask them a variety of questions in order to gather the data for which I was looking.

My time away from work was enjoyable as well. For example, a lot of my time was spent outdoors (running, hiking, etc.) and traveling. I was fortunate enough to travel to San Francisco, Alaska, and Las Vegas. Also, I got to spend my 4th of July with my roommates/friends watching fireworks on the water and kayaking most of the day.

My time in Seattle has exceeded my expectations, and I cannot wait to return in the summer of 2014 as an intern in pursuit of an MBA!

Get Your Resume to Employers Attending the Industry/Career Expo!

EagleHire Network LogoStudents and alumni of Embry-Riddle, you can get your resume to employers recruiting at the Industry/Career Expos, even if you can’t attend!

Through the EagleHire Network, resume books are available allowing you to submit your resume to companies attending both Industry/Career Expos.

To publish your resume to any of the resume books in the system, log into your EagleHire Network account and mouse over “Documents” in the upper navigation bar, then select “Publish a Resume.”  You will then select from career focus-specific resume books in the system.

We are encouraging Expo exhibitors at both the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses to log in and access the resume books in the system.

Note that if you haven’t already uploaded a resume into the system, it will first need to be approved before you can publish your resume to the resume books in EagleHire.

Resume Book Tips:

  • If you already have one or more resumes published in EagleHire, double-check to make sure your documents are up to date with your current contact information and most recent experience.
  • Only submit your resume to those resume books that apply to your level of experience and areas of expertise/career focus. Submitting your resume to every resume book, including those with no relevancy to your background, will not increase your chance of getting a phone call…if anything, it may decrease your chances.
  • Be proactive – research the companies attending the Industry/Career Expos at the Daytona Beach and Prescott campuses and apply online to any opportunities of interest.
  • Submit your resume to resume books even if you plan on attending the events. There are many linked employers in EagleHire who have access to log in to the system and search for resumes at any time throughout the year.

Co-op Spotlight from Summer 2013: Antoine Daugny

Embry-Riddle’s Cooperative Education/Internship Program at the Daytona Beach campus had 144 participants this past summer term.  Students gained practical work experiences in co-op or internship positions with approximately 103 companies in the U.S. and across the globe.  Several students, upon graduation, have full-time job offers from the host companies.

Antoine is just one of the students whose summer was spent gaining valuable experience in an environment where a student is being mentored and supervised by other professionals.  Interns often have the opportunity to learn from the company or organization team members and network while working in a corporate culture.  They develop new skills and enhance others, including decision making, leadership and communication while making the transition from student to professional.

The photo was taken in a Falcon 7X just before engine start prior to a taxi test.

The photo was taken in a Falcon 7X just before engine start prior to a taxi test.

Antoine Daugny, Aerospace Engineering

Dassault Falcon Jet, Little Rock, Arkansas

Flight Test Engineering Intern

Here is Antoine’s feedback on his experience.

My internship was at the Dassault Falcon Jet plant in Little Rock. I was working for the Flight Test department, which was in charge of testing each Falcon that was produced, before it was presented to its future owner. My usual task was to prepare test orders to be performed during test flights, install test equipment in the aircraft (such as temperature probe and sound recorders) and process data gathered during flights. I also participated in some test flights and in troubleshooting problems.

This internship was very valuable as it introduced me to the flight testing world and enforced my motivation to pursue [a career] in that direction. This second rotation, I had a more “hands on” experience as I was working a lot on the aircraft itself. I learned a lot about the various systems of the Falcons which was my goal.

Prepare Your Resume for the Industry/Career Expo

By Kristy Amburgey

I am willing to bet, like many other job seekers, that you want to make a great resume-interview-job-fairfirst impression to the employers you meet at the Industry/Career Expo.  One of the best ways to create a positive impression is to have a solid and strong resume.  Your professional attire matters and how you present yourself matters, but your resume is also part of an employer’s evaluation process.

Please review the below list of resume tips as you develop and refine your document for the Expo.  A resume for career fairs and events should be visually enticing as recruiters take only a few seconds to glance at the resume and determine the next steps in interacting with you.

Format

Keep it clean and easy to read.  Important information should be quickly identified in less than 10 seconds.  There should be some empty space but not too much blank page.  Organize the document with the most important information towards the top of the resume.

Why?

Without a clean format, you may lose out to a candidate who has a well-organized and easy to read document.  Format is also typically the first impression you make on the reader, so that impression needs to be a strong one.

Accomplishment-focused

A resume needs to showcase your accomplishments.  List outcomes and results of your experiences, quantifying them as often as possible.

Why?

Employers want to see that you can produce results in whatever role you have done.

Length

A resume for the Industry/Career Expo should be one to two pages in length, depending on your experience levels.  Current students would ideally have a one page document while experienced alumni can use a second full page.

Why? 

A recruiter is only going to spend a few seconds glancing at the resume before making a judgment call about continuing a conversation with you, considering you for an interview or moving on to the next candidate.

Customization

It is a good idea to customize the resume for the companies that you plan to meet and/or the different job types you want to pursue.

Why?

It shows the employer that you spent the time researching and understanding their needs and that you are truly interested in their organization.

Grammar

Even though the resume is a succinct document, you still need to follow basic grammar rules like correct punctuation and proper capitalization.  Spelling and proper word usage are also important.  Don’t rely solely on spellcheck, though, for it does not pick up on all mistakes.

Why?

Grammar and spelling errors are top reasons that employers eliminate resumes from consideration.  Attention to detail is exemplified in a resume.

Clarity

Writing clearly is imperative to getting your point across.  Make sure that all your wording throughout the resume is written in precise statements that do not cause confusion.

Why?

If you can’t communicate via the resume, how will you be expected to communicate in the work place?

Accuracy

The content of the resume must be, without doubt, accurate.  Ensure that things like the degree, GPA, locations and dates worked can be verified by a potential employer.

Why?

Providing incorrect information on the resume is relatively easy for an employer to catch these days, and they do not want an employee who provides incorrect data or is prone to stretching the truth.

Additional Tips:

  • Don’t staple your resume together if it is more than one page; don’t print front and back; a paperclip can keep the pages organized
  • You do not need to present your cover letter to the recruiters at the Expo; cover letters can be shared as you apply online or via email

Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department.  She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.

Alumni Career Spotlight: Nick Kleoppel

Nick (pictured, right) with the Cape Air Safety Team

Nick (pictured, right) with the Cape Air Safety Team

Nick Kleoppel’s aviation career started at a small FBO in Lee’s Summit, MO where he began flight training for his Private Pilot certificate.  This led into a passion for aviation, which drove Nick to Embry-Riddle in the fall of 2005 to begin the Aeronautical Science program.  Nick graduated in 2009 with his bachelor’s degree as well as his Commercial certificate in both Single and Multi Engine Aircraft with Instrument Rating.  During his undergraduate studies, Nick participated in the Dispatcher program offered through the University and attained his Dispatcher’s certificate.

Economic uncertainty was still looming overhead and there were very few promising jobs available; so in the fall of 2009, Nick chose to continue his education at Embry-Riddle through the Master of Science in Aeronautics program. Nick specialized in both Airline Operations and Airline Management, making it a point to take safety-related classes to support the operations and management curriculum.

After graduating in December 2011, Nick accepted a position with Cape Air as a Part 135 Flight Follower with the option to move into a Part 121 Dispatcher position.  During his time as a Flight Follower, the Cape Air Safety Department was beginning to incorporate new safety programs and needed assistance implementing them.  Nick was asked to participate in the Internal Evaluation Program (IEP) with conducting station audits and editing checklists.  Because of the expansion, the Safety Department was looking to hire a full-time position to manage many of these programs.  Nick joined Cape Air’s Safety Department in December 2012 as the Safety Programs Manager.

Tell us about your current role at Cape Air and how you obtained this opportunity

As the Safety Programs Manager, I primarily manage the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) and IEP programs as well as participate in general safety investigations, projects, and campaigns.  On the ASAP side, I facilitate Event Review Committee (ERC) meetings between company, union, and FAA representatives to discuss safety reports and develop corrective actions.  I track all ERC corrective actions and recommendations and ensure their implementation.  When in the IEP manager role, I develop checklists, audit schedules, audit plans, auditor training, and any other documents needed to successfully conduct audits and evaluations.

I was able to connect with Cape Air through a network of professors/friends who knew many of the individuals working at Cape Air.  Their recommendations and references provided me the foot in the door I needed to get my aviation career up and running.

As a recent graduate now in the aviation industry, what were some challenges you encountered. 

One of the greatest challenges I faced upon searching for a career was the “catch 22” of the aviation industry.  Most aviation jobs sought by recent college graduates with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree require experience in order to get hired; however, there are limited opportunities that provide the experience you need.  Many college graduates with bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees may not want to take entry-level positions because of the education and degrees they have received.  Many may believe they deserve supervisor or management level positions.

Another challenge was looking for jobs in the Florida area so that I could remain local and not have to relocate.  The problem arises when so many students graduate from Embry-Riddle each year with the same degrees and flight experiences.  Most aviation jobs in Florida receive multiple applications from ERAU graduates who all have the same resume.  There is very little that separates each resume besides the name of the applicant.  Both of these challenges make it difficult to get your foot in the door with a company.

What helped me to get my foot in the door was my willingness to relocate and accept a position that may not fit my desired career path, along with my network connections.

NFA Group, Cape Air

NFA Group, Cape Air

Now that you are in a professional role in the aviation industry, what advice would you give to an upcoming graduate looking for their first career position?

Do not be afraid to accept an entry-level position to get your foot in the door.  I accepted the position of Flight Follower to start somewhere.  There was the uncertainty of career advancement in the field that I wanted.  The natural progression of a Flight Follower is to become a Dispatcher.  Though I enjoyed the experience of attaining my Dispatcher certificate and was willing to follow that career path, it was not what I wanted.    Therefore, I decided that experience was key, even if it was not on my desired career path.  Now that I have joined the Safety Team, I realize there is no such thing as invaluable experience.  The time I spent as a flight follower prepared me for the safety department by providing me the knowledge of how airline operations work in the “real world”, not a textbook.  Through that position, I gained experience working with maintenance, crew scheduling, and station agents.  I learned about weather delays, mechanical delays, passenger service and baggage handling.  Everything I experienced helped prepare me for the safety position.

Many of our graduates have to relocate for their career opportunities.  You moved from sunny Daytona Beach, FL to the Hyannis, MA area.  What advice would you give on relocating? 

Relocating for a job can be very tricky.  My wife and I traveled to Cape Cod for a weekend to check out the area and visit the Cape Air headquarters.  There are many months where the Cape is cold and grey,  but the summer months are simply breathtaking.  We were unsure how we would do living in a different part of the country, but were willing to try it!  If you are thinking of relocating for professional reasons, make sure you are willing to stay longer than a year.  Give the new job, location and yourself time to adjust; you never know where it will take you.  It takes time to meet people, learn about the surrounding area, and to “settle in.”  Every step in life is an adventure, make sure you take the time to stop and enjoy every phase.  Most people do not realize they are living the “good times” until they are over.

Professional Dress for the 2013 Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo

Picture1The 2013 Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo will be Wednesday, October 9, and Career Services wants to give you a reminder about the professional dress code for the event.

Professional attire should include the following:

  • Both men and women should wear suits (skirt or pant suits for the ladies) that fit properly; navy, gray, soft black and other dark colors are most appropriate
  • The length of a skirt should reach below or to the knee
  • Gentlemen should wear button down shirts and ties
  • Traditional ties should complement the suit and shirt color and should be in a conservative pattern and color
  • Ladies should wear conservative or appropriate blouses
  • Colors for shirts should be muted; white, off-white or light blue are the most recommended colors
  • Shoes should be polished and professional
  • Ladies should wear closed-toe shoes; pantyhose are good for the ladies wearing skirt suits
  • Socks, for both men and women, should match the shoe or pant color

The minimum professional dress allowed is business casual, but you must dress according to the industry standard for the job you are seeking at the Expo.  Business casual entails khaki pants and a collared (polo) shirt for the gentlemen and slacks/skirt and a blouse/sweater for the ladies.  Alternate suggestions for the gentlemen can include a navy blazer, slacks or button down shirt without a tie.  Ladies can also wear professional dresses, khaki pants and collared (polo) shirts.

Flight and ROTC uniforms are appropriate Expo dress.  Religious and cultural attire will be accepted.

You will be turned away from the event if you wear any of the following clothing types:

  • Ripped or torn jeans
  • Shorts
  • Athletic or workout clothing
  • Baseball caps or other hats
  • T-shirts with inappropriate or crude images or wording
  • Overly revealing clothing of any kind
  • Shoes inappropriate for a conservative office environment
  • Mid-thigh length or above skirts

Professional attire is expected if you want to enter the ICI Center floor for the October 9th event.   If you do not meet the minimum standards, you will be asked to leave and come back once dressed appropriately.  Employers want to see you at your professional best, and dress is definitely part of that equation.

Please visit the Career Services Pinterest group and peruse the What to Wear – Men, What to Wear – Women and What Not to Wear – Men and Women boards for ideas on professional dress.

Alumni Career Spotlight: Luis Sanchez

Luis Sanchez is a Quality Specialist for the Quality Business Management Luisdepartment of the 737 Program at The Boeing Company.  He currently manages the process and standardization of the Quality Business Plan Review functional & scorecard metrics; he also supports Lean+ Capturing the Value of Quality for 737, Quality Rate Readiness, Embry-Riddle Campus Intern Recruiting Team, and various productivity improvement projects 737 Quality.  Prior to coming on board with Boeing full-time, Luis joined The Boeing Company as an intern supporting the 737 Program under Brian Hoefig, Sr. Quality Manager for Field before transitioning to full-time at the end of his internship.

Luis earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, specializing in finance, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2011.  While in school, he worked as a Graduate Research Assistant, student tutor and research associate.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

What does your position at The Boeing Company entail?

I manage projects related to Quality Improvement for the 737 Airplane Program.

How were you selected to become a recruiter for The Boeing Company?

Mark Lyden, lead recruiter for The Boeing Company, gave me the tools and opportunities to join Boeing, so one of my main priorities was to join the ERAU recruiting team and bring more students to Boeing, as a way to thank Mark Lyden and ERAU for the dream come true event that happened in my life.

As a Boeing Recruiter, what are some of the biggest mistakes you have seen ERAU students make when seeking work at The Boeing Company?

One of the mistakes is that students only apply for opportunities during company visits or career events. Managers post jobs and internships based on their availability of free time to do so, so you should continuously seek out and apply for openings.

What advice do you have for students and alumni seeking work at The Boeing Company?

BE PATIENT AND APPLY, APPLY, APPLY!!!!!!!! Our system is very slow, so please be patient. Also, you need to be applying to 50 jobs or more; just because you get turned down from one job does not mean that you will automatically be disqualified for the other 49.

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