About the Career Fair
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Government Agency & Non-Profit Career Fair is a resource and hiring event for full-time, cooperative education and internship opportunities with government agencies and non-profit employers. This event will be held on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at the Daytona Beach, Florida campus in the Henderson Welcome Center from 1:00pm-5:00pm.
Who Should Attend
The Government Agency & Non-Profit Career Fair is open to all ERAU students and alumni seeking professional full-time, internship or co-op positions. It is also open to all Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium students and alumni.
View a list of registered employers to date. It is also recommended that you download the Embry-Riddle Career Fair Plus App to your smartphone for additional information and updates. The app is available for free on iTunes and Google Play stores and will be updated with the Government Agency & Non-Profit Career Fair information soon.
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. It is recommended that those planning to attend visit both USAJobs.gov and employer websites to learn about specific hiring needs with attending agencies and organizations. Also be sure to check out our Federal Employment Resources for Job Seekers and Civic Service Opportunities. If you are a veteran or getting ready to become one, be sure to also review our Resources for Veterans & Military Transitioners.
- 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 Handshake. 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. View sample resumes and tips on our website. Cover letters are not necessary for the Career Fair, but you should include one with your online application if requested.
- 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 a career fair is to make meaningful connections with employers with the additional hope that 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 February 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
- Watch: Interview Dress for Women
- 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
- Watch: Interview Dress for Men
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) – keep in mind that you may not actually hand many out. Most government agencies cannot accept paper resumes and will tell you to apply online. You should still bring your resume because it starts a dialogue with the employer about how your skills and qualifications might meet the agency or organization’s needs. Ideally, you should apply online BEFORE the event for positions of interest.
- 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 agencies/organizations (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 offered in the spring and fall to assist in preparing job candidates to put their best foot forward. Visit Handshake or the ERAU Connection to view dates, times and locations. Presentations will cover topics such as resume (general and federal) and cover letter writing, professional dress, career fair 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, which also include many great webinars provided by the Partnership for Public Service regarding federal hiring and the job search process.
- Employer Information Sessions: Employer Information Sessions may be held the week of the Government Agency & Non-Profit Career Fair. Visit Handshake to view dates, times and locations.
View campus map for parking for the Government Agency & Non-Profit Career Fair.