No, you can sign up when the annual conference has already started. However, your odds of having a favorable Conference Career Center experience are increased if you are proactive by getting an early start. A SIOP survey showed that 40% of organizations had already begun conducting interviews prior to the conference. Provided you do sign up early, we recommend that job seekers do the following:
1. Register for the Conference Career Center early and enter your resumé on the website. Most employers search for candidates prior to the conference. If you want to be noticed, register early! Anonymous job seekers cannot enter their resumé as their identity will be compromised and will instead need to contact employers directly.
2. Conduct a search for jobs to see which ones match your qualifications. While employers will contact you if they are interested in an interview, showing initiative and reaching out to employers with job postings that fit your skills will greatly increase your chances of getting noticed. Keep in mind this is a competitive hiring situation. Each job posting should have contact information for a recruiter or hiring manager. Reach out!