Placement Committee Goals and Progress Report Form
Committee Chair Name: Mindy Bergman & Larissa Linton
Date: March 17, 2008
Goals and Results:
(1) Placement Advance. Mindy is in the process of collating responses from current and past chairs about the transition to the 3 day conference. Goal is to have a draft by NYC meeting; finalized following the SF site visit in June. We need to work especially closely with Dave Nershi to see what effect the additional hours in Placement might have on Placement budget/profit.
(2) Pricing of Placement. SIOP’s Placement is still a relatively inexpensive option compared to other conferences. (Liberty Munson did some benchmarking in 05-06.) We raised the price for employers last year, from $185 to $200 (per four postings). We kept the cost of job seekers at $40, because it is meant to be a “nuisance fee” to keep people from signing up just to look (although it does contribute to profit). Given the move to 3-day and any potential additional costs of further hours of operation, we should consider whether the cost of Placement should go up. Further, is this the time to raise Placement costs again (3 years in a row—the cost also rose in Dallas—and in another coastal and expensive site), or should we wait until a relatively less expensive year (New Orleans, Atlanta)?
(3) Continue making connections with local area groups and international groups. It may not be tenable to see high participation from Europe in SF 2008; however, there are groups in Asia/Australia/New Zealand that we may be able to reach.
(4) Use brief survey results from April 2007 to determine whether there are other ways of spreading information about Placement.
(5) Assign new Placement Chair before SF 2008 conference. It will be useful to have the next chair shadow in the Placement Center before taking on duties.
MARCH UPDATE: As far as we know, a new Placement Chair has not been identified yet. It is very helpful to the next year’s planning that the Chair have at least spent some time in Placement Center. We strongly recommend that next year’s co-chair is identified prior to the 2008 SIOP conference so that s/he can shadow the Placement Center before taking on chair duties next year.
(6) Electronic (not physical) mailboxes for Placement? This is a question that comes up in our constituency every year. Is this feasible? Is it a good move?
(7) Determine whether there are jobs for committee members. Currently, Placement is 2 chairs doing the work. Does Placement want to expand its role? If so, some issues that have come up in the past:
(a) Creating sample resumes on the SIOP site (a flash presentation) to give examples of what a good resume looks like, and also what a good resume for Placement looks like. [Some resumes do not convert well when uploaded into the database.]
(b) Creating on-line presentations on good interviewing skills.
(c) On-line presentations of what can be expected at Placement Center.
(d) Increased communication with local groups to drum up interest in Placement.
(e) More opportunities for members/affiliates to get involved, and also to create a pipeline of people who have experience in Placement and with the conference in general.
In the third quarter of 2007, we sent communications to SIOP members who indicated an interest in SIOP volunteer opportunities. In the fourth quarter of 2007, we extended this search through our own professional networks. We have secured commitment from two volunteers, but are encountering difficulties in identifying at least two additional volunteers. We would appreciate assistance in extending our outreach to identify these volunteers or any recommendations from the SIOP Executive Board or Committee Members.
MARCH UPDATE: Still have not been able to secure a committee of interested people to do this work. Maybe we should consider working with E&T next year?
(8) Continue with our usual business of updating information. Many of last year’s goals will again appear in 2007-2008 as we continue to administer Placement.
(9) Pricing of JobNet. Similar to point 2 above, is it time to change the JobNet price?
(10) MARCH UPDATE: NEW GOAL
Based on discussion at February conference site visit, we will carefully scrutinize the usage of Placement Center facility as well as computers during 2008 conference. It may be more reasonable to strike some or all of the computers in Placement before the end of conference, and possibly on day 2 (Friday). We will make recommendations following 2008 conference.