Jobbing the Job Fair

jobbingWe recently featured some tips on how companies can get the most out of job fairs and open houses.  Now it’s time to look at the other side — how can government job seekers get the most out of attending job fairs? Here are some of our thoughts:

  • Treat it as an interview – Job fair organizers, like Bradford Rand of TechExpo, say overwhelmingly that job seekers are expecting interviews at the job fairs. With many job seekers still employed, these fairs are one-stop-shops for them to get an initial foot in the door with a number of companies while only taking one day of PTO. So, advice to seekers is be prepared to interview – your peers at the event will be doing so and the companies exhibiting are expecting you to be ready for an interview.

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2015 Summer Events of Note

calendarAt the beginning of the year, we highlighted a number of key events happening in the federal market. We’re back again to provide a look at some of the events happening this summer we think provide great educational elements as well as access to key thought leaders and decision makers. Before you begin to check out for vacation, review this short list of events happening this summer from GovEvents.

  • GEOINT 2015 Symposium (June 22-25)–The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a non-profit non-lobbying educational organization, hosts and produces this annual event. It is the nation’s largest gathering of intelligence professionals and the preeminent intelligence event of the year. Held in Washington, DC, this year’s theme is “Opening the Aperture. Charting New Paths.” The show will feature keynotes from high-ranking government officials as well as interactive panels with intelligence experts from the public and private sectors.

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Overcoming Charm City Challenges

BaltimoreThe recent unrest in Baltimore, MD forced the cancellation of a number of large conferences as well as many smaller events. For our GovEvents audience the most significant cancellation was the AFCEA Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium. The event has now been rescheduled for June 16-18 in Baltimore.

Now that the city is in a more stable place, we wanted to take a look at what these cancellations mean for event planners, attendees, and the city itself.

For attendees there is the rearranging of schedules and the disappointment of not being able to attend the conference. Typically in these situations refunds will be given by conferences and hotels and should always be asked for. If refunds are granted, attendees can show their understanding and appreciation by re-registering for rescheduled events and patronizing (if possible) the hotel and other facilities that have waived any financial commitment. Continue reading

OPM to Agencies: You Decide Whether Or Not a Conference is Legit

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

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The Office of Personnel Management has stopped its long-time practice of reviewing individual agency conferences to decide whether they qualify as employee training under the regulations.

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta said in a May 1 memorandum to the government’s chief human capital officers that OPM would discontinue issuing such guidance and wanted “to make clear that agencies are responsible for their employees’ training and development as provided by the statute and regulations, 5 U.S.C. chapter 41 and 5 CFR Part 410.” Continue reading

Tips for Creating the Perfect Hybrid Event

hybridWe wrote recently about the power face-to-face events have on networking and learning. But as we know, budgets and time are tight, and getting everyone in the same place at the same time is not always possible. Rather than losing the in-person benefits all together and moving online, many organizations are looking for ways to hold hybrid events – real-time events that are also available to an online audience. Creating an event that is meaningful and fulfilling for people attending in-person and virtually can be tricky, but with some strategic planning it can be done.

Here are some tips for creating a hybrid event that benefits all attendees. Continue reading