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Conference Placement Center and JobNet

2/8/2012-

by SIOP

There’s no better place to look for I-O professionals than the premier society for I-O psychology!
 
Whether you are an employer looking for the best candidates for an I-O psychology position or an I-O psychologist looking for a job, SIOP’s Placement Center and JobNet can help connect you to the employer or employee you are looking for.
SIOP’s Placement Center offers job placement services at the Annual Conference. Placement Center is an opportunity for job seekers and employers to mutually schedule times to meet and discuss available positions. Placement Center does not schedule interviews or screen candidates but does administer the job description/resumé database, registration for the service, and the space used at the conference.
 
Placement Center participants find that the service offers excellent opportunities for networking and getting to know prospective employers.
 
"Not only was I able to obtain a job by participating in the Placement Center, but I was able to network with other I-O psychology professionals," said Brittany VanArkel, a former Placement Center participant. "As a candidate who was finishing up graduate school, I did not have many professional connections. I think that it is safe to say that my professional network tripled because of my involvement in the Placement Center. I was able to interview with multiple organizations from all over the country without spending multiple days traveling back and forth, while networking with a variety of professionals at various stages in their career."
 
The job description/resumé database features new searching functionality to more efficiently match job seekers and employers before, during, and after the conference. A bank of computers will also be available in the Placement Center to search the database during the conference.
 
The placement center registration fee for SIOP Student Affiliate job seekers is $40, for SIOP Member job seekers $45, and for any nonmember job seekers $100 (including students who are not SIOP Student Affiliates). The employer registration fee is $200 and covers up to four (4) positions.
 
To use the Placement Center you must be registered for both the conference and the Placement Center. To get the most out of the Placement Center, we encourage both job (or internship) seekers and employers to register at least 2 weeks in advance. However, you can register at any time up to and during the conference. You can register for Placement Center through regular conference registration process or, if you have already registered for the conference, return to the Attendee Service Center and add it to your registration. Find out more about the conference Placement Center on SIOP’s conference page here!
 
Outside of the annual conference, SIOP offers a separate service, JobNet. JobNet helps employers find highly qualified and skilled candidates in the field of I-O psychology to meet their employment needs. Employers can post jobs for 3, 6, or 12 months and can advertise single or multiple jobs beginning at only $400 for a single posting for 3 months.
 
Job seekers can then view those available positions and descriptions on the SIOP website at no charge. There, they are able to view full descriptions and contact information for all of JobNet’s available positions. For a small fee ($25 members, $60 nonmembers), JobNet also offers job seekers the option of subscribing to JobNet and placing a resumé in a password-protected database that can be accessed only by employer subscribers.
 
A great deal of work went into developing JobNet 9 years ago. The process began at the 1999 SIOP Annual Conference in Atlanta when then-President Elaine Pulakos and Linda Sawin observed the popularity of the Conference Placement Center and wondered if SIOP could put together a placement service to operate year-round.
Today JobNet is one of the most popular services on SIOP’s website. JobNet receives more web traffic than almost any other page on SIOP.org (only the Graduate Training Program page receives more views), with an average of 150 views per day. Currently, about 160 employers’ jobs and 40 resumés are listed on JobNet.
 
More on the history of JobNet is available here in a story written by Clif Boutelle for the January 2005 issue of TIP. Access JobNet on the homepage under the “jobs” tab or click here.