Advice for Job Seekers
How do I get my information into the system?
The Conference Career Center can upload PDF documents such as resumes for Job Seekers. After uploading your resume, you also will have a few additional questions that will enable others to search for specific criteria. Please fill those out as well, even if it is somewhat redundant with what you have already uploaded.
*Please note: You can remain anonymous on the Job Seeker site by NOT selecting “My Resume 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, 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 web site. Most employers search for candidates prior to the conference. If you want to be noticed, register early! Anonymous job seekers cannot enter their resumé or else their identity will be compromised and will need to contact employers directly.
2. Conduct a search of jobs to see which ones match your qualifications. While employers will contact you if they are interested in interviewing you, 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!
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. Why not go two steps further and indicate:(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 on site. 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.” Allow yourself enough writing to portray yourself favorably, but save your big “sales pitch” for the on-site interview.
Should I email my resumé to every employer to maximize my chances for an interview?
You could, but that isn’t a good use of your time. Stick to the jobs you are genuinely interested in, and where you have relevant skills for the job. Additionally, the network at SIOP is very close-knit and you don’t want the reputation as someone who is "spamming their resumé out." 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, etc)
What should I do if I find a job before the conference?
Congratulations on your success! Please contact the SIOP Administrative Office immediately, let them know of your success and we will remove your entry from the web site.
I didn't get an interview during the virtual conference timeframe. Is it over?
Not at all! The Conference Career Center stays open until June 30. There is a lot of value in continuing the job search following the conference as a lot of searches are still ongoing for both 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 because of this and contact employers directly, but nobody will know you are registered. We cannot guarantee your anonymity if you attend the Virtual Open House.
What is the mock interview process?
Job seekers who sign up for the Conference Career Center can also participate in the Mock Interview Program, allowing them to gain experience interviewing and receive feedback. SIOP members volunteer to conduct a mock interview with job seekers during the conference and provide constructive feedback to help the job seekers improve their interviewing skills. The SIOP Career Service Committee will send out an email a few months before the conference to allow job seekers to sign up for mock interviewing. Each year we have more job seekers than interviewers and space is determined on a first come, first come basis, so be sure to sign up early!