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With the difficult economic climate, both employers and job seekers seem to be reluctant to attend job fairs this year. As of mid February, both the number of job seekers registered for the job fair at the APS March Meeting and the number of employers registered were lower than in previous years.
In 2008, there were 30 employers attending the March Meeting job fair; as of mid-February, there were 12 employers registered for this year’s event. However, more were expected to sign up closer to the deadline, according to job fair coordinator Alix Brice. The deadline for employers to register is March 2.
About 300 job seekers had registered for the job fair by mid-February. Job seekers may register on -site, and many are expected to do so. Last year, 488 job seekers attended the March Meeting job fair.
A job fair was also held at the American Association of Physics Teachers winter meeting in Chicago in February. At that event, the numbers of both job seekers and employers were down from recent years.
“Job seekers are finding it hard to make the trip,” said Brice. Some employers also cannot afford to attend.
Employers at the AAPT meeting are primarily colleges, universities and secondary schools. Employers attending the APS March Meeting job fair represent a wider variety of employers, including some from industry, academia, and government. The list of employers attending the 2009 job fair is expected to be similar to those who attended in recent years.
The 2009 APS March Job Fair will be held in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Recruitment booths will be open Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
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