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Conference Career Center FAQ

General Questions

What do I get with my Conference Career Center registration?

Job Seekers will receive:

  •  Access to positions exclusively posted on the Conference Career Center online job portal.
  •  Interview practice and a resumé/CV review through the Mock Interview Program (participants   can choose either a practitioner-focused track or academia-focused track) - NOTE: Interested   participants must register for the mock interview program separately from the CCC when   registering for the conference and it is available on a first-come first-served basis until spots are filled.
  •  An invitation to an Open House where they will be able to interact with a variety of different   employers (available to in-person CCC participants)
  •  A career-focused conference guide which highlights career-oriented sessions, job search tips,   and other career-related advice
  •  Virtual events led by Conference Career Center committee members

Employers will receive:

  •  Opportunity to post open positions on the Conference Career Center online job portal
  •  Exclusive access to resumés of I-O Masters and PhD students and graduates seeking job   opportunities
  •  An invitation to an in-person Open House during the conference providing participants the   opportunity to advertise job openings and interact with other I-O employers and job seekers

Are there fees associated with the Conference Career Center?

Job Seekers:

  •  Access to the CCC is complimentary with SIOP Annual Conference Registration. Simply opt-in to the CCC when you register for the conference.

Employers:

When does the Conference Career Center open?

Registration for the Conference Career Center can be added anytime during the open period for the conference registration. The Conference Career Center online job portal is expected to open to post jobs, resumés, and conduct searches by March 1.

How will the Conference Career Center work?

Employers can post their open positions, and job seekers can apply online. Job openings posted on the online job portal should include contact information for the person in charge of hiring, as job seekers are encouraged to reach out directly to employers. Employers should set up a time for an interview with candidates they are interested in and those interviews should take place through a channel agreed upon by both parties (e.g. Zoom, phone, in-person at the conference). There will be designated space at the convention center where interviews can be conducted in-person or virtually. This designated area is reserved solely for interviews set up ahead of time and does not serve as an open job fair setting. The CCC will also include other offerings (outlined at the top of this page).

Advice for Job Seekers

How do I get my information into the system?

Job seekers can upload PDF documents, such as resumés, into the Conference Career Center portal. After uploading your resumé, there will be a few additional questions that will enable others to search for specific criteria. You should fill this out as well, even if it is somewhat redundant with what is contained in your resumé.

*Please note: Job seekers can remain anonymous on the Job Seeker portal by NOT selecting “My Resumé Listing.” Leave that box blank. More details below.

As a Job Seeker, do I have to sign up in advance to participate in the Conference Career Center?

No, job seekers may sign up when the annual conference has already started. However, the odds of having a favorable Conference Career Center experience are increased if you are more proactive. A SIOP survey showed that 40% of organizations had already begun conducting interviews prior to the conference. In addition, space in the Mock Interview program is limited, so not all job seekers may have access to that beneficial service if they delay in signing up. Provided you do sign up early, we recommend that job seekers do the following:

  1.  Register for the Conference Career Center early and upload 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 should not post their resumé as their identity will be compromised, and they 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 conducting an interview, you are encouraged to reach 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.

I want to reach out to a potential employer, but have no idea what to say. Help!

Let the employer know that you are interested in the position/their organization. You might consider proving information regarding: (1) why you are interested in the position, and (2) the specific skills/experiences that you would bring to the position. Indicate that you are interested in setting up an interview with them. Of course, be sure to let them know your email and phone number so that they can easily contact you. Shakespeare once wrote “brevity is the soul of wit.” Provide enough information to portray yourself favorably, but save your big “sales pitch” for the interview.

Should I email my resumé to every employer to maximize my chances for an interview?

You could, but that approach is not recommended. Instead, stick to the jobs you are genuinely interested in, and where you have relevant skills for the job. Remember that all employers have access to your resumé online.

An employer reached out to me for an interview. Now what?

Respond with times that you are available and clarify the channel through which the interview will be conducted (e.g., Zoom, phone, in-person).

What should I do if I find a job before the conference?

Congratulations on your success! Please contact the SIOP Administrative Office (siop@siop.org) immediately, let them know of your success and we will remove your entry from the website.

I didn't get an interview during the virtual or in-person conference timeframe. Is it over?

The Conference Career Center stays open until June 30. There is value in continuing the job search following the conference as a lot of searches are still ongoing for both job seekers and employers.

I am a discrete job seeker. I don’t want my current employer to know that I am interviewing. How do I keep them from seeing my resumé on the Conference Career Center?

You will not want to upload a resumé. You will have to be more proactive in your search by contacting employers directly. Using this methodology is the approach most likely to hide the fact that you are registered. Your anonymity may also be compromised if you attend the in-person Open House event. However, the space designated for in-person interviews at the conference is purposefully in a more discrete location in the convention center for this reason.

What is the Mock Interview Program?

The Mock Interview Program is another service offering from SIOP’s Career Services Committee. Interested job seekers must sign up for the program separately from the CCC when registering for the conference. The purpose of the Mock Interview Program is to allow job seekers the opportunity to gain experience interviewing and receiving feedback. Participants will have the option to choose either a practitioner-track or an academia-track. Experienced SIOP members volunteer to conduct a mock interview with job seekers prior to or during the conference and provide constructive feedback on their interview performance to help them improve their interviewing skills. In addition,there is an option for the mock interviewer to conduct resumé/CV reviews and provide feedback to help the job seeker strengthen their resumé/CV. Space is determined on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to sign up early! The sign up will close prior to conference registration closing.

Advice for Employers

How many job postings can an employer post?

An employer can post up to four jobs.

As an organization looking to post a job, do I have to sign up in advance to participate in the Conference Career Center?

No, you do not need to sign up in advance. Registration will remain open through June 30th. However, signing up early allows you to take advantage of the early registration rate and start the resume review and interview process earlier. A SIOP survey found that 40% of the organizations participating in Conference Career Center had already conducted at least one interview prior to the conference. To compete for the best talent, acting sooner is always better.

Where should I conduct interviews?

Interviews can be conducted virtually, over the phone, or in-person at the conference. The CCC will have designated space for in-person and virtual interviews. If both the employer and job seeker will be at the conference in person, you may choose to conduct the interview in-person. If the interview is conducted virtually, the employer will choose the specific service platform.

What should I do if I fill the position I posted?

Congratulations on your success! Please contact SIOP staff (siop@siop.org) immediately, let them know of your success, and we will remove your entry from the CCC job portal.

I didn’t fill my requisition at the conference. Is it over?

The Conference Career Center stays open until June 30. There is a lot of value in continuing the search following the conference, as a lot of searches are still ongoing for both seekers and employers.

Have a question? Please contact CareerServices@siop.org for general assistance or lnader@siop.org for technical assistance with the website.