Postdoc Conference and Career Fair

Postdoc FAQ

Is this conference and career fair for me?
Should I plan to attend the conference all day?
Should I bring my resume?
What if I don't have a resume?
How can I get an employer to notice my resume?
Will I be interviewed?
How do I sign-up for resume reviews and immigration attorney consultations?
How can I get there?
How should I dress?
How can I make sure I get updated information about this conference?


Is this conference and career fair for me?

- Do I have to be a current postdoctoral fellow in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (S.T.E.M.) fields?
Yes: the Postdoc Conference and Career Fair focuses specifically on people who have successfully completed a Ph.D. in a S.T.E.M. field, and are current postdoctoral fellows seeking work, especially in the Washington, D.C. Metro region. This event targets postdocs who completed their Ph.D. no more than eight years ago. Hiring companies participate with the expectation that they will be meeting with this type of talent.

- Do I need to be a U.S. citizen?
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to attend. The Postdoc Conference and Career Fair planning committee tries its best to recruit hiring companies who are able to hire both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens, but there will be companies that only hire U.S. citizens. Please look at the current list of hiring companies, where you can view the citizenship requirements for each company.

- Do I need to live in the Washington, D.C. Metro area?
Although the conference is targeted to postdocs from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia, and the majority of attendees will be from this region, postdocs from other states are welcome to attend.

Should I plan to attend the conference all day?

Yes! If you check out the agenda, you will see there are many events occurring simultaneously. We strongly encourage you to join us for the entire day, and to plan your day by reviewing the agenda before the conference. That way, you can balance any appointments you may have with hiring companies, immigration attorneys, and/or resume reviewers with time at the career fair and in seminars.

Should I bring my resume?

Yes! You should bring multiple copies of your resume to the Postdoc Conference and Career Fair. Many hiring companies collect resumes, and you will also be expected to present a copy of your resume at your resume review consultation, should you choose to schedule one.

What if I don't have a resume?

If you don't have a resume, you should write one before this conference! There are many online resources you can use, which focus specifically on resumes in the STEM fields. Use some of our online resources, write your resume, and schedule a resume review at this year's conference to make it better and show hiring companies that you are the best candidate for their job.

How can I get an employer to notice my resume at this conference?

One key to getting an employer to notice your resume at the Postdoc Conference and Career Fair is to register early and upload your resume to our searchable database. After you register, watch your computer screen for a pop-up window which will give you a code allowing you to upload your resume to our web site. When you upload your resume and give us some basic information about your qualifications, that information will be searchable by all companies who participate in the conference. Remember, the early bird gets the worm!

Another tip is to view the list of hiring companies who will be at the career fair and the positions that are available, and tailor your resume to specific companies and jobs.

Will I be interviewed at the conference?

Interviewing is at the discretion of each company. Some companies prefer to collect resumes and briefly meet candidates, while others conduct on-site interviews. In some cases, if a company wishes to interview you at the conference, a company representative will contact you beforehand. But you should always be prepared for an impromptu interview opportunity.

How do I sign-up for resume reviews and immigration attorney consultations?

Both resume reviews and immigration attorney consultations at the conference are included in the $10.00 registration fee you pay online.  Although all pre-scheduled appointment times are full, on the day of the conference you may go downstairs to the Great Falls and Timberlawn Rooms, and schedule 15-20 minute walk-in appointments with an immigration attorney, resume reviewer, or both.   Attendees will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I get to the Conference?

Please visit our directions page.

How should I dress?

We recommend that you dress as if you are going to a job interview. If your goal is to get hired at this conference, you should dress as if you will be meeting your future employer! That generally means no jeans, no t-shirts, no sneakers or tennis shoes. Dress pants, slacks, or skirts with dress shirts or blouses are fine. Ties are welcome, but optional, as are sport coats, blazers or suits.

How can I make sure I get updated information about this conference?

One of the best ways to keep updated about the Postdoc Conference and Career fair is to register! After you register, we know to include you in any emails we send with conference reminders and updates. We will also know to order your lunch!

A second way to keep updated is to fan us on Facebook and to follow us on Twitter. Whenever a new company registers for our conference, we love to let the world (and you) know!

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