With the New ACS Virtual Career Fair
November 2-3, 2010
If you’ve visited Second Life, used a social networking site, or taken an online course, you’ve experienced an environment where people from around the globe can interact and learn through technology. Now, the virtual world comes to ACS with the innovative ACS Virtual Career Fair – November 2-3, 2010 conducted in conjunction with Informex and C&EN.
The ACS Virtual Career Fair offers networking opportunities, interviews with employers, career development workshops and resources – with everything conveniently accessible from the convenience of your own desktop.
Chemical professionals seeking employment can interact with global organizations from a wide range of locations in North America and worldwide. Companies will meet and interview top chemical professionals and other interdisciplinary scientists from across the globe. Employers and job seekers alike will be able to interact real time over the 2 days using text chat, video chat and email. The ACS Virtual Career Fair will also bring together industry and career experts to provide valuable webinars.
Today, technology has reached a level of sophistication that provides ACS Virtual Career Fair attendees with highly interactive, realistic, and personal experiences — all from the comfort of their homes or offices.
The Virtual Career Fair begins when you log in and arrive at the Conference site. You can then chat with employers and recruiters in the exhibit hall, attend expert presentations in the auditorium, network in the networking lounge, and more. Highlights include:
1. Each day begins with a keynote session: Day 1: November 2―Rudy Baum, Editor in Chief, C&EN and Susan Ainsworth, Senior Editor and Employment Outlook Writer for C&EN will discuss “How to Prepare for What’s Ahead.”
Day 2: November 3―Richard N. Bolles, acclaimed author of bestselling book, What Color is Your Parachute and The Job Hunter’s Survival Guide will share “5 Secrets to Career Success for Scientists and Engineers.”
2. Throughout each day, attendees can visit the auditorium to view four practical webinars presented by industry experts, company representatives, and career specialists:
a. Chemical Industry and Employment Outlook―with Pat Confalone, Vice-President, Global R&D, Du Pont; Susan Butts, Senior Director of External Science and Technology Programs, The Dow Chemical Company; and Paul Hodges, Chairman, International eChem.
b. Pharma and Biotech Industry and Employment Outlook―with David Spellmeyer, Chief Informatics Officer, Nodality, Inc. and expert panelists.
c. What Recruiters are Looking For―with Alveda Williams, Strategic Recruitment, The Dow Chemical Company; Patrick Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella Group, executive search and consulting firm specializing in the chemical and allied industries; and Sheila Rosenfield, Senior Scientific Recruiter, Kelley Scientific Resources.
d. Career Transitions: Navigating the Shifting Employment Landscape with Lisa Balbes, author of Nontraditional Careers for Chemists; Cheryl Martin. Executive in Residence with Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm; Joe Stoner, retired, Habitat for Humanity; and Carol Duane, President, D&D Consultants.
3. An interactive exhibit hall with employer booths will be open both days, enabling job seekers to meet with recruiters and employer representatives. The exciting expo floor will be filled with company booths where attendees can learn more about the company, their products and services, and what it’s like to work there. Opportunities are available to have one-on-one conversations with company representatives using text or video chat.
4. A visit to the Networking Lounge provides a venue for mingling with other scientists and employers. Job seekers can also participate in, and learn from, scheduled expert-led discussions on key career topics.
5. The Resource Center is a central place to find employer literature, ACS Careers materials to help you with your job search, on-demand access to ACS Webinars™, and more. “By adding a virtual event edition to the current successful physical ACS Career Fairs, ACS is able to provide career services and employment opportunities to a wider and more diverse audience – reaching job seekers and employers around the globe,” according to David Harwell, Ph.D,. Assistant Director, ACS Careers.
“ACS will continue to conduct the live Career Fairs as part of the next ACS National Meeting. The next in-person ACS Career Fair is March 27-31, 2011, Anaheim, CA.” The Virtual Career Fair allows you to attend at no cost and access all the valuable resources anonymously. It is open to members and non-members.
Register now at http://www.acs.org/vcf. For organizations interested in exhibiting in this exciting event, register at http://www.acs.org/vcf or contact Garretta Rollins at +1-202-872-6209 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ACS has gone virtual. You won’t want to miss the inaugural ACS Virtual Career Fair. Sign up now.