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SIOP Spotlight On…Conference Placement Center and JobNet


by SIOP Administrative Office

There’s no better place to look for I-O professionals than the premier society for I-O psychology!

Whether you are an employer looking for the best candidates for an I-O psychology position or an I-O psychologist looking for a job, SIOP’s Placement Center  and JobNet can help connect you to the employer or employee you are looking for.

SIOP’s Placement Center offers job placement services at the 29th Annual Conference. Placement Center is an opportunity for job seekers and employers to mutually schedule times to meet and discuss available positions. Placement Center does not schedule interviews or screen candidates but does administer the job description/resumé database, registration for the service, and the space used at the conference.

“Not only was I able to obtain a job by participating in the Placement Center, but I was able to network with other I-O psychology professionals,” said Brittany VanArkel, a former Placement Center participant. “As a candidate who was finishing up graduate school, I did not have many professional connections. I think that it is safe to say that my professional network tripled because of my involvement in the Placement Center. I was able to interview with multiple organizations from all over the country without spending multiple days traveling back and forth, while networking with a variety of professionals at various stages in their career.”

Placement Center’s job description/resumé database features searching functionality to more efficiently match job seekers and employers before, during, and after the conference. A bank of computers will also be available in the Placement Center to search the database during the conference.

Placement Center registration fees:

SIOP Student Affiliate job seekers- $40
SIOP Member job seekers-$45
Nonmember job seekers-$100 (including students)
Employer registration-$200 (covers up to four positions)

To use the Placement Center you must be registered for both the conference and the Placement Center. To get the most out of the Placement Center, we encourage both job (or internship) seekers and employers to register at least 2 weeks in advance. However, you can register at any time up to and during the conference. You can register for Placement Center through regular conference registration process or, if you have already registered for the conference, return to the Attendee Service Center and add it to your registration. Find out more about the conference Placement Center on SIOP’s conference Web page here!

Outside of the conference, SIOP offers a separate service, JobNet. JobNet helps employers find highly qualified and skilled candidates in the field of I-O psychology to meet their employment needs.  Employers can post jobs for 3, 6, or 12 months and can advertise single or multiple jobs beginning at only $400 for a single posting for 3 months.

Job seekers can then view those available positions and descriptions on the SIOP Web site at no charge. There, they are able to view full descriptions and contact information for all of JobNet’s available positions. For a small fee ($25 members, $60 nonmembers), JobNet also offers job seekers the option of subscribing to JobNet and placing a resumé in a password-protected database that can be accessed only by employer subscribers.