Career Expo – What to Do

By The Career Services Team

Job and internship hunting requires searching and perseverance. You’ll need to start early, be proactive, build a network, and utilize all of your available resources. Career Expo is one such resource and the ideal venue to begin developing your professional network. Where else can you build confidence by talking to recruiters, investigate company jobs and internships, and practice interviewing skills with employers interested in Embry-Riddle students? Do your part by researching companies so you can speak knowledgeably about their business.

Day of Expo Checklist 

  • Professional or business-casual interview outfit pressed and ready to go
  • Shoes polished, hair tidy, jewelry minimal, no perfume/after shave
  • Bring enough resumes tailored to each employer opportunity
  • Be organized: carry your resumes, pen and a pad of paper in a portfolio
  • Turn cell phone off
  • Practice Expo etiquette: never interrupt a recruiter or a fellow job seeker
  • Have a plan for working the Expo floor: prioritize the companies you’re interested in and survey the layout of the room to find out where your target companies are located
  • Polish your introductory “30-second elevator speech” —  tell the recruiter key points about yourself that relate to their organization and jobs demonstrating both your knowledge of the employer and how you would fit in; have a clear career objective when speaking with recruiters
  • Warm up by talking to companies not targeted but that are of interest to you
  • Introduce yourself: dry, firm handshake, say hello and state your name, have resume ready, smile and make eye contact
  • Ask intelligent questions that show you’ve done your research
  • Take notes when you inquire about next steps and the possibility of talking with additional managers; you will not be able to take advantage of this information if you don’t record it
  • Ask the recruiter for his or her business card
  • Follow-up with thank you emails
  • Don’t weigh yourself down with giveaways
  • Be confident!

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