Convention Connection

Your next job may be as close as a professional conference. Here's how to work it on the job fair circuit.

at a conference where your employer is or where you are a recruiter. If your employer is there, or you’re representing the firm, set up an appointment.

  • Let your boss know that you are job seeking, but only if the company environment allows for it. If your job would be in jeopardy once you revealed your search, keep it to yourself (see “Bring Your Secret Search to Light,” Powerplay, February 2000).
  • Don’t use company equipment (i.e., computers, printers or fax machines) to conduct your search. Big brother may be watching!
  • Don’t tell co-workers and friends that you are job hunting. It’s a small world, and you never know who knows whom.
  • At-a-Glance
    BOOKS
    National Directory of African American Organizations (Philip Morris Cos. Inc.)
    For a free copy, send a postcard to: National Directory of African American Organizations, P.O. Box 407, Whitehouse, NJ 08888.

    Power Interviews: Job-Winning Tactics From Fortune 500 Recruiters by Neil M. Yeager and Lee Hough (John Wiley & Sons Inc., $14.95)

    60 Seconds and You’re Hired! by Robin Ryan (Penguin USA, $10.95)

    PRODUCTS
    Order the black enterprise 2000 Calendar of Events for a complete listing of this year’s professional conferences. To get a copy, send a self-addressed 9 by 12-inch envelope to: be, Circulation Dept., 130 Fifth Ave., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10011; 212-886-9568.

    COMPANIES
    Career Dimensions
    6330 LBJ Freeway, Suite 130
    Dallas, TX 75240-6412
    972-239-1399

    Right Management Consultants
    1818 Market St., 33rd Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19103-3614
    800-237-4448

    WEBSITES
    www.careerbuilder.com
    www.hoovers.com
    www.office.com

    Also, check out the “Convention Calendar” in the Powerplay section of be for monthly convention dates.

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