Any advice or comments on jobhunting at science conferences?
October 6, 2011 5:19 AM Subscribe
Do any of you have experience with postdoc recruitment at academic conferences (Specifically, BSGT/ESGCT)?
I'm trying to decide whether I should pay €600 (plus accommodation and travel) out of my own pocket to attend an academic conference, with the primary aim of job hunting. It's a big chunk of money, but finding a good job would easily be worth it. So I'm looking for information to help work out whether spending the cash is a gamble worth taking.
I think it basically comes down to a question of how useful the job board system is going to be. Does anyone out there have experience using the boards at this conference or a similar one? Do you tend to get lots of positions posted and/or PIs looking at posted CVs? I'm a little concerned, because the societies' websites currently have exactly one job listing, which is interesting but not worth €600 on its own.
More fuzzily, I know people who can probably introduce me to a lot of other lab heads in my field. I only have a poster, which will make it hard to get attention for my work, but it's cool stuff (already presented it orally at another prestigious conference, just got accepted in a good journal) so I should do OK when a conversation gets going. I know networking is useful for collaborations and ideas, but how common is actually getting hired by -- or hiring -- someone met at a conference?
For background, there's a chance that my lab will pay for the conference, in which case I'll definitely go. I'm just trying to settle my thoughts about Plan B in advance.