How to make the most of Careers in Aerospace & Aviation LIVE this Autumn!

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Careers fairs are still an important networking opportunity if you are looking for your next career move. They provide the opportunity to talk to employers face to face and do more research. You may meet people who have been through the recruitment process and can provide first-hand advice. There will be insight talks and workshops alongside the exhibition. Find out how you can make the most of your visit with our top tips!

Before the Fair

1. Research the exhibitors
You shouldn’t treat the fair as your first opportunity to research the employers which interest you. It is very tiring for exhibitors to provide an overview to everyone who visits their stand. Much better to know in advance more about the organisation so when you visit you can spend more time talking about your profile and ask key questions to help you through their application process – have a look at their website – do you need to complete an online application form? Find out what the questions are and then you can seek advice on any you are not sure about.

2. Have your CV checked by a Careers Advisor
Some companies at the fair will wish to see your CV and may even take a copy. But will your CV let you down? Does it ‘sell’ your individual qualities, skills and knowledge and make you an attractive candidate for interview? Do you stand out from the crowd or will it be hard to distinguish you from all the other candidates out there? If you are unsure, there is plenty of help available. Visit the CV advice pages on the RAeS Careers in Aerospace website or make an appointment with a careers advisor or Royal Aeronautical Society Careers Centre for advice. If you are a student, the RAeS can come to your university/college to provide a FREE CV and Careers workshop – find out more by contacting

Careers in Aerospace LIVE 2017

Visiting the Fair

3. Make a good first impression
Treat the Careers Fair as an initial meeting with potential employers. Dress smartly, ideally as if you were attending a formal interview with the employer. Business dress will also boost your confidence and show that you have prepared for the day in advance.

4. Get there on time
Where possible, try and visit the stands at the earliest part of your allocated session. Remember that by the end of the day exhibitors will have aching feet and croaky voices from standing and talking all day. Impress employers with your ability to get up and see them at their freshest!

5. Target the employers
When you arrive you may be feeling nervous about approaching the exhibitors. ‘Practise’ your approach by starting with the companies you are less interested in to try and overcome any nerves. However, treat each visit to a stand as a chance to show your skills off, and the chance to change any preconceived ideas you have about companies and what they can offer. You may be surprised by what you learn and feel excited about a company you had never considered before after meeting their team.

6. Prepare a short intro about yourself
There is nothing worse for an exhibitor than a visitor who walks up to their stand and asks “What do you do?”, or, ‘What graduate opportunities do you have?’ as an ice-breaker.

Engage the exhibitor instead with a short introduction to yourself – name, current situation, what you are looking for, what skills you can offer, and why you have come to this particular stand.

Be prepared to answer ‘interview-style’ questions rightaway and have some pertinent questions ready to ask the exhibitor – again some prior research about the company will help. Some exhibitors will even be looking to carry out a 1-2-1 with interested candidates on the day. If they are working in the same type of position that you are looking for, or working towards, ask them what they enjoy about the role, how they got it and any tips they could offer to applicants! Ask for their name. Then, when you apply to the for a role, you can mention the name of the person you spoke to, and where in your application to demonstrate your motivation by the extra research you have done through attending the event and taking the opportunity to network.

7. Make time to visit stands and hear the presentations
You will find lots of useful information at Careers events. Many other organisations are there to help you. Institutions like the Royal Aeronautical Society are often there to hand out useful job-hunting and company information on the industries they represent, and to provide you with impartial advice and guidance.

There are often CV and applications workshops where you can get tailored advice on how to write a good CV, complete an online application form. Company presentations will provide you even more in-depth information about what the organisation does and how to make the most of their recruitment processes. Balance your visit between taking advantage of these activities and talking with employers at their stands.

Presentations at Careers in Aerospace & AViation LIVE 2017


8. Make notes from any conversations you have had before you forget any useful tips etc.

9. Read through all the information you have collected!

10. Note the type of application needed – CV and covering letter; online application form etc.

11. Note the closing dates for applications. Don’t confuse different employers’ closing dates.

12. Make an action plan and stick to it! For example, create a spreadsheet with the employers you will apply to, website details, type of application, closing date etc. Put the companies in order of closing dates so you can target them in the right order!

13. If necessary, seek more help from a Careers Advisor to check your CV and applications and build this time into your action plan.

14. Visit more careers exhibitions. And find out about other networking opportunities such as seminars, conferences etc.

15. Start preparing for interviews and assessment centres! There is lots of help on the Careers in Aerospace website.

16. Keep going! If you do get rejected for applications, don’t give in. There will always be a fantastic opportunity out there for you, but sometimes it does take time to find the right role.

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