How to Prepare

Tips for making the most out of your ACS Career Fair experience...before you even get there!

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Before the Meeting

Make Note of Your ACS Member Number

If you don't have your ACS Member number contact:
Member Services (membership number required)
800-333-9511 (US and Canada)
614-447-3776 (outside North America)
service@acs.org


Confirm Meeting Registration

Registration information coming soon.


Prepare Your Résumé

Bring at least 20 hard copies of your resume and business cards, plus a portable device or flash drive with your resume, references, and any supporting materials.


Get Interview-Ready

Prepare key responses to typical interview questions. Be prepared to participate in a mock interview and receive one-on-one feedback from an ACS Career Consultant.


Check The Employers 

Go to the ACS Career Fair Database in February 2017 to see which employers will be attending the Career Fair. 

Note: You must register for the Career Fair through the Jobs Database. Once you have identified potential jobs and employers, research them to ensure that you will be ready for an interview. New employers and jobs are constantly added, so check periodically.


Schedule Workshops 

Review the descriptions of ACS Career Pathways and other workshops. Select the ones you plan to attend.


Plan Your Wardrobe

You'll never know who you'll need to impress! Plan your wardrobe so you can dress professionally throughout the Career Fair.

At the Meeting

Create An Agenda 

Make the most of your 3 days at the Fair! Review the schedule of activities and workshops, and identify when ACS Career Consultants are available (limited availability is on a first-come, first-served basis.) Plan a schedule to distribute your time efficiently and ensure you achieve your goals for the Fair.

In the Job Seeker Area - Walter E. Washington Convention Center-Exposition Hall, you'll have easy access to computers where you can search job postings, request interviews, stay current on new appointments, and update your schedule. If you only want to stroll through the career fair without registering for the career fair, please bring copies of your resume and drop-off a copy with recrutiers. 

Make A Great Impression

We have all heard that you only have one chance to make a great first impression. The Career Fair offers many opportunities to meet employers and network with peers and colleagues. You’ll want to be ready to make that great first impression — so they will want to learn more about your experience and capabilities. Whether this is your first career fair, first job search, or your first job interview in years, the following guidelines will ensure a positive and productive interview experience.

Network, Network, Network

Be on the alert for opportunities throughout the entire ACS National Meeting.  You should always be ready to make a great impression — you never know who you are going to meet or who knows whom. Take the time to work the complete Exposition Hall, introducing yourself to representatives of organizations where you may want to work. Network, get contact information, and follow-up during or immediately after the National Meeting.


Won't be at the Meeting?

ACS Careers offers a tremendous array of resources and tools to support your career goals. Don't wait for the next Career Fair — open a free job seeker account February 2017 and get started on your job search!

Take advantage of these ACS Careers professional development tools to fully prepare yourself to make a great first impression at the ACS Career Fair: