FAQs for Job Seekers Attending the ACS Onsite Career Fair

Registration

Interview

Who Should Attend

Making the Most of the Virtual Environment

Registration

How do I register for the ACS Career Fair?

Registering for the onsite Career Fair is quick and easy. First go to the ACS Careers Jobs Database. Please create an Job Seeker account if you do not already have one.

Once you have a Job Seeker account, log in.

Immediately upon logging in, you’ll see a large orange C listed under your account. Follow the instructions to the right of the C, and you’ll instantly be registered for the Career Fair.

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Are there any fees for participating in the ACS Career Fair?

No, as a job seeker there are no fees for participating in any of the Career Fair activities, including interviews, one-on-one career consults, workshops, networking events, and presentations. Participants are responsible for any travel, lodging, meal, and other expenses that they may incur in order to attend and participate in Career Fair activities.

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Is there any financial assistance for unemployed ACS members?

National Meeting registration is free for unemployed members. Click here for full details on all benefits for unemployed ACS members.

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When will I receive my confirmation packet?

Job seekers who register will receive a confirmation by email. Job seekers can pick up their ACS Career Fair Information Booth located in Hall C of the Convention Center.

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Is there anything I can do to prevent my current employer from finding out that I am looking for another job?

You may click the “Confidential” radio button to hide your contact information.

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What if I register, but discover that I can no longer attend the Career Fair?

Log on to your ACS Careers Jobs Database account and follow the instructions to cancel your participation.

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Can I also participate in the Virtual Career Fair if I am attending the onsite Career Fair in San Diego?

Yes, you can participate in both career fairs to maximize your opportunities to meet with prospective employers.

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Interviews

How can Career Fair employers find me before the Career Fair begins?

Prospective employers will have the ability to view and search all job seekers attending the Career Fair. In addition, employers searching the general ACS Careers Jobs Database will be able to identify Career Fair attendees by the orange C listed next to their names. Once you’ve registered, you’ll have the opportunity to create a searchable resume that will enable employers to find you based on your location, skills, and experience. In addition, you can create an InterviewStream Video Introduction that employers can view.

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Can I make interview appointments before the Career Fair?

Yes, you can and we encourage you to do so. Once you’ve registered for the Career Fair, go to your account and click on “View Attending Employers” to the right of the Orange C. From there, you’ll be shown how to find open positions and request interview appointments at the Career Fair.

In addition, when you perform a general job search in the ACS Careers Jobs Database, any employer who is attending the Career Fair will be identified with an orange C.

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Am I guaranteed an interview at the Career Fair?

Sometimes your credentials may not match the credentials that Career Fair employers are seeking. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will be interviewed. If you are unable to secure an interview in advance of the Career Fair, you may still be able to secure one onsite. In addition, you’ll be able to talk to recruiters in Recruiters Row, networking events, and at scheduled workshops, panel discussions, and keynote presentations. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to work with an expert ACS career consultant to map out a personal job search strategy, strengthen your resume, and build your interview skills.

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How soon will I be notified by the employer after my interview?

Generally, you should expect to hear from a prospective employer within two weeks of your interview. In many cases, this may be for a follow-up interview. If you do not hear anything within two weeks, we recommend that you contact the employer directly.

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Who Should Attend

Do I have to be an ACS member to attend?

Yes, only ACS members may participate in the ACS Career Fair; however, both ACS members and non-members may participate in the Virtual Career Fair. Visit the ACS membership website to learn about the many benefits and advantages of being an ACS member.

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Do I have to register for the ACS National Meeting to attend the ACS Career Fair?

Yes, all ACS Career Fair attendees must also register for the ACS National Meeting.

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Are international jobs available via the Career Fair?

The majority of employers who attend the ACS Career Fair are seeking to fill positions within the United States; however, there are sometimes opportunities for job seekers in search of employment outside of the United States.

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Can non-US citizens attend the Career Fair?

The ACS Career Fair is open to international members; however, you must make sure that prospective employers know your citizenship status as, due to US employment laws, open positions may not be easily available to non-US citizens or non-residents.

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At the Career Fair

What do I need to bring to the ACS Career Fair?

Attendees should bring their registration confirmation and membership number. In addition, we recommend that you bring at least 20 hard copies of your resume, business cards, plus a portable device or flash drive with your resume, references, and any supporting materials. Moreover, please dress appropriately for interviews, even if you don’t have any scheduled in advance.

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Do I need to pre-register for any ACS Career Fair events?

We strongly advise that you try to secure as many interviews that match your skills and interests as possible before the Career Fair begins via the ACS Careers Jobs Database. Career workshops, panel discussions, networking events, and keynote presentations do not require pre-registration. Stop by the ACS Career Fair Information Booth located in Hall C of the Convention Center to reserve a 30-minute time slot for one-on-one career consultations.

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Can I register onsite for the Career Fair?

You can register onsite; however, we strongly urge you to register as early as possible in order to secure the limited number of time slots for interviews.

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What types of employers attend the Career Fair?

At the last Career Fair during the Fall 2011 ACS National Meeting, 45 employers were in attendance, seeking to fill 261 positions. Employers represent private industry, academia, government, and non-profit. Past attending employers have included:

  • 3M
  • Boeing
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • California Polytechnic State University
  • Cargill
  • Cornell University
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DuPont
  • Ecolab
  • FDA
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
  • IRIX Pharmaceutical
  • Nalco
  • National Renewable Energy
  • Northwestern
  • Novartis
  • PPG Industries, Inc.
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Shell
  • Stanford University
  • The Scotts Company
  • US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • W. R. Grace
  • UC Berkeley
  • Shimadzu Scientific Instruments

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Is there a guide to the Career Fair?

Yes, there is. You can download Virtual Career Fair Job Seeker Guide.

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