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06/22/11
Attending ACS Career Fair. Denver, CO
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 11:21 am

The Denver National Meeting is about 2 months away.

Are you less than 2 years away from looking for a
position?  Whether you seek a post-doc, working in
a small or large company, working in government, or
perhaps considering academic positions?  this is a great
opportunity for you.
What about considering entering a career away from
the laboratory bench
– law, production facility or factory,
government technical liaison, technical writing,
regulatory affairs, information science and many others.
You can meet people who are involved in these fields
too.

If you are planning to attend, now is the time to line up
your Internet Presence, your public relations documents,
your meeting plans [what you plan to do], your personal
arrangements and even your clothing.

CAREER CONSULTANT
Do you have a career consultant?  Consider working on
your PR documents now before the meeting by working
with a career consultant.  They may also be able to
point out things to do at the meeting that will be of
value.

If you have not developed your Internet Presence, do
so before the meeting.  How is your LinkedIn profile?
Practice small talk and conversations which are at the
heart of networking.  Ask the career consultant to help
you refine your LinkedIn profile.  2 

PREPARATION STEPS  1 
- ask for references and prepare them,
ask them for their help
- ask the ACS which companies will attend
perform detailed and networking research
- define what you want on your business
cards, print them out
- look at the detailed program coming out
next week, organize your days for specific
activities you most want to attend, people
you most wish to meet, companies you want
to interact with

Career fair sign up

Consider being proactive in attending.  If you
are faced with a tight budget, find people who
are attending and “room with them”.  Ask to
volunteer at the meeting and ask for your
registration to be waived or reduced as a
volunteer.  Recall unemployed members can
attend without cost.

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