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07/30/09
Career Fair Preparation 2. Washington
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 8:23 am

So, you have prepared and gotten approval to
attend the ACS national meeting.  That means
you have had your resume reviewed, you have
submitted the latest version to the ACS Careers
web-link, you have registered and made
arrangements for the meeting including things
listed in 1  .

You have narrowed down the fields in which
you wish to work (Personal self assessment)
and now it is a good idea to learn what
companies will be represented there.

1.  Go to Find a Job tab on the Job seekers’
dashboard
2.  Based on your previous interrogation of the
page, go to ‘view’, ’saved’ or ‘advanced’
and search out positions available/firms with
the orange “C”, as they will be interviewing at
the Career Fair.
3.  Explore in detail the job description and
requirements.  Specifically line up each of the
items with your desires, experiences,
competencies
and accomplishments.
4.  Create a “focused list” of jobs/companies
to consider interviewing for under SAVE JOB.
5.  Now is when your hard work begins. 
Use your network, LinkedIn and literature
research on the technical and business aspects.
to determine a priority order of places to
interview.

5.a. Look at the ACS Salary comparator for
an idea of the range of salary.  Remember
this is
“dated” and it may be wise to consult
a couple of
other databases listed on the left
of this page.

6.  The earlier you do this the better
Consider,
if they have not contacted you
already
requesting an interview.  Have times
and days planned
so that you can accomplish
all you set out to
do at the meeting.
7.  Don’t limit yourself to the Career Fair
Attend talks by leading people from companies
and visit the exhibition area.  Plot out a
strategy
of visiting firms by the consulting 
exhibitor
list and if they are presenting on
any topics at the
meeting.

8.  Don’t leave out speaking with recruiters
who will be
at the meeting.

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