About the Expo
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Industry/Career Expo is a hiring event for full-time, cooperative education and internship opportunities with for-profit and non-profit employers, as well as government agencies.
Who Should Attend
The Industry/Career Expo is open to all ERAU students and alumni seeking professional full-time, internship or co-op positions. Employers will be seeking candidates in the following career areas: engineering, business/management, computing, flight, dispatch, logistics, safety, meteorology, physics/space science, homeland security, human factors, computer-related, maintenance, communications, air traffic management, research, UAS and avionics.
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How to Prepare
Preparation is the key to being successful at ANY event. And with so many candidates attending, how will you stand out?
- Research: Find out what employers are registered to attend and then visit their websites to learn more about what they do and what types of candidates they are seeking. Be sure to keep track of your findings as you will need this information to create your game plan for the day of the event. Apply to positions that interest you prior to meeting the employer. This action will show them you are a serious candidate.
- Resume: The Career Services Office offers resume critiques to ERAU students and alumni. One way to receive a resume review is to submit your resume to EagleHire. You may also email your resume to your Program Manager or schedule an appointment to meet in person, visit a Career Services Outpost or attend workshops. To view sample resumes and tips, visit the Career Services Office Resume Tips section. Cover letters are not necessary for the Expo.
- Introduction to Employers (elevator speech): When approaching employers, be sure to have a focused introduction that not only provides your name and major but that also quickly summarizes your strengths, achievements and career interests as they relate to the company. This will not only help you in making a positive impression, but it will help the employer quickly determine how to best assist you.
- Interview Skills: The primary reason for attending an Expo is to make meaningful connections with employers with the additional hope you will be invited to interview. Don’t be caught unprepared to ace your interview. To view sample interview questions, review our interviewing tips. The Career Services Office offers mock interviews for current students and alumni within one year of graduation who are interested in polishing their interview skills; however, be sure to schedule one early as the month of October is a busy month for our office.
- Thank You Notes: Send thank you notes to employers you had a significant interaction with or whom you interviewed with (don’t forget to ask for a business card). In addition, if an employer asks you to follow-up with them, do so!
Candidates have only seconds to make a good impression, so put your best foot forward.
- Professional business attire (business suit)
- Stick with dark, solid colors such as navy, black, and charcoal gray for suits
- Make sure what you wear fits you properly
- Belt and shoes should match your suit
- Wear clean, wrinkle-free clothing
- Use very little or no perfume
- Hairstyle should reflect your personality yet be well-groomed, simply styled and out of your face
- Wear minimal jewelry (no visible body piercing – one piercing per ear)
- Nails should be clean, short and manicured (women: clear polish or French style)
- Have clean, fresh breath (use a mint if needed, no gum)
- May also wear business dresses
- Skirt should be just above or at the knee
- Blouses should never be cut lower than neckline and color should be light/neutrals
- Wear neutral hoses; avoid dark hoses when possible
- Wear closed-toe heels in dark colors such as black, brown, charcoal gray, or navy
- Wear minimal, neutral-toned make-up that enhances your appearance
- No suit? Dark dress slacks or skirt and a blouse is acceptable
- Solid colors and pinstripes are best (make sure pinstripes are muted and narrow)
- Wear white or light color, button-down business shirts with long sleeves
- Your tie should complement and add color to your suit (avoid bright colors)
- Black lace-up shoes, cap toe and wing tips are the most conservative
- No suit? Dark dress slacks and light-colored shirt with a tie is acceptable
What to Bring
- EagleCard for scanning at check-in/Student ID
- Notepad, padfolio or folder to hold copies of your resume and notes
- Copies of your resume (customize resumes whenever possible)
- Portfolio (optional) – can hold a general resume, transcripts, performance evaluations, copies of your work (designs, project outlines, writing samples such as technical reports, etc.)
- List of your targeted companies (this is where your research is beneficial)
- Pen and paper for making notes/collecting contact information
Career Services Events (open only to ERAU students and alumni)
- Career-Related Presentations/Resume Critiques: Students and alumni may attend Career Services-sponsored workshops available to assist in preparing job candidates to put their best foot forward. Visit EagleHire to view dates, times and locations. Presentations will cover topics such as resume and cover letter writing, professional dress, expo preparation, elevator speeches, speed interviewing, professional conferences, social networking, pilot hiring, and negotiating salary. Unable to attend a workshop? Visit our presentation archives page to view presentation slides.
- Employer Information Sessions: Company Information Sessions will be held the week of the Industry/Career Expo. Visit EagleHire to view dates, times and locations.
Parking for Industry/Career Expo attendees is located at the ICI Center (view map).