In Search of a Job? or Looking to Hire?
The annual ASA Employment Service assists sociologists and prospective employers
by providing convenient opportunities for employers and job seekers to meet
in a neutral, monitored environment for initial short interviews during the Annual
Meeting. Last year in Philadelphia, 81 employers listed 132 positions, including 18
openings outside academia. 347 candidates registered with the service, and 1,720
screening interviews were scheduled.
This year the traditional paper-based service of the 1950s
has moved online. Employers and job seekers will be
able to enter their information in a module connected to
the ASA Job Bank after appropriate fees are paid. Later
this summer, an interactive scheduling calendar will be
opened for setting up interview appointments.
The move to an electronically based service initiates one
change in Employment Service (ES) registration. Employers
will be able to pay the ES fee when they enter the
information about the position(s) they wish to post in the
ES. Those wishing to post their listings in both the Job Bank and the Employment Service will be able to do so easily. As part of the ES registration
process, employers will be asked to identify who will be interviewing on-site
at the Annual Meeting, and they will be able to search the roster of preregistrants to
select their interviewers. All interviewers must preregister for the Annual Meeting.
Candidates who are looking for positions may preregister for the Annual Meeting
and for the Employment Service in the same way as in previous years. After
preregistering, candidates may then log into the ES module via the Job Bank and fill
out the Candidate Profile Form and, if desired, upload a full resume. All preregistered
users will be notified via email when the interactive calendars open
All service users are urged to preregister by July in order to take full advantage
of the pre-convention communication opportunities that the new online
Employment Service will offer. Interviewers and candidates are also encouraged
to bring their own laptops with them so that they can more easily maintain
communications during the Annual Meeting. The on-site service will provide some
computer terminals for use by registered ES users, and the ASA Message Center
computers will be around the corner.
The Employment Service will be open from Thursday afternoon to mid-day Monday,
August 10–14, at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. Please check the Annual Meeting
website for more details about online Employment Service procedures this year.