About ERAU Expos and Career Fairs
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Industry/Career Expo is a hiring and career information event for full-time, cooperative education and internship opportunities with for-profit and non-profit employers, as well as government agencies. This event is hosted in the fall and spring at both the Prescott, Arizona and Daytona Beach, Florida campuses. It is also held in various locations around the United States through our Worldwide campus.
Ft Walton Beach: Industry/Career Expo, May 31, 2018, Ramada Plaza Beach Resort/Destin (1500 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach, FL)
San Diego: Industry/Career Expo, June 20, 2018, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley (8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA)
Seattle: Industry/Career Expo, September 7, 2018, Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA
Prescott: Industry/Career Expo, October 4, 2018, Athletic Complex, 11am-4pm
Daytona: Industry/Career Expo, October 11, 2018, ICI Center, 9am-4pm
Dallas: Industry/Career Expo, Date and Location TBD
Daytona: Industry/Career Expo, February 28, 2019, ICI Center, 9am-4pm
Who Should Attend
These events are open to all Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and alumni seeking professional full-time, internship or co-op positions. The Daytona Beach campus also invites all students and alumni of Colleges of Central Florida Career Consortium institutions to attend. In addition, Worldwide career events (Ft. Walton Beach, San Diego and Seattle) invite active duty military and veterans to participate.
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 and get you into their online applicant system. There are some companies that will not consider you for an interview while on campus if you are not already in their system. Watch: Career Fair Success
- The Daytona Beach Career Services Office is excited to provide the Embry-Riddle Career Fair Plus app for students, which is available through both iTunes and Google Play. Download the app to learn which companies are attending, what level and type of candidates they are seeking, get tips to help you succeed at the event, learn about upcoming prep events and company information sessions, favorite companies of interest, and easily locate them the day of the Expo.
- 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. To view sample resumes and tips, visit the Career Services Office Resume Tips section. Cover letters are not necessary for the Expo. Watch: Stand Out Resumes
- 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. Watch: Elevator Speech
- 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. Watch: The Interview
- 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! Watch: The Art of Saying Thank You
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 and/or provide ERAU student ID number 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). Attendees are also encouraged to bring an electronic copy of resume to Worldwide Industry/Career Expo events
- 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 Handshake 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 our career events. Visit Handshake to view dates, times and locations.
Parking for Daytona Beach Industry/Career Expo attendees is located at the ICI Center (view map). A shuttle service will also be available to take students back and forth across campus.