American Sociological Association

Annual Meeting Employment Fair

New in 2017, ASA is launching the Employment Fair!
Dictionary entry for Employee, Employer, and Employment

Designed to improve upon the past model of the Employment Service, the Employment Fair strives to create a more inclusive environment for scholars at all stages of their career to explore current and up-coming employment opportunities in sociology.

After careful review of the current service, examination of programs from similar organizations, and input from past Employment Service users, we have developed a lower-cost, more inclusive service, while still maintaining the option for scheduled one-on-one interviews. By reducing the participation cost for attendees as well as employers, we hope to grow participation and expand the scope of the audience we can serve. 

When: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM

How It Works

Before the Meeting

Beginning May 1, 2017, employers (with a current open or upcoming position) will be able to register for a booth at the Employment Fair. Once an employer submits their registration form and payment, the company will be added to the Employment Fair website as a participating employer.

In order to connect employers and job seekers prior to arriving in Montréal, the ASA is updating the ASA Job Bank. Also beginning May 1, 2017, jobs seekers who are ASA members or subscribe to the Job Bank will be able to indicate in their Job Bank Resume Listing whether they will be attending the 2017 Annual Meeting. Employers with a current listing in the Job Bank will be able to search resume listings by individuals attending the Annual Meeting. This option will be available on the Job Bank May 1-August 18, 2017.

At the Meeting

On Saturday, August 12, a designated hall in the Palais des congrès de Montréal will house the Employment Fair from 10:00AM-4:00PM. During this time, job seekers can approach employers to learn more about their institution and the position(s) available in an informal atmosphere with no time restrictions.

On Sunday, August 13 and Monday, August 14, employers will be able to invite individuals to interview at their booth from 10:00AM-4:00PM. Employers are responsible for scheduling all interviews and may schedule interviews in advance or invite individuals they meet on Saturday to come back for a longer discussion. There is no time limit for these meetings. Only individuals that have been invited to interview will be allowed in the hall on Sunday and Monday.

Job Seekers

Any individual, whether currently on the job market or a future candidate, is invited to attend the Employment fair. There is no fee beyond meeting registration to gain entrance to the Employment Fair. Your meeting badge will be required to enter the hall.

The new, relaxed environment is designed to be low-pressure and flexible to fit with your schedule. Saturday is the time for you to informally meet with employers and discover more about their institutions, as well as positions currently available and future employment opportunities. The Employment Fair also welcomes those scholars who will be future job seekers to explore different employment options for sociologists. (Not exhaustive, of course!)

Sunday and Monday, we have reserved the room for employer scheduled interviews. In order to increase your chances of receiving an interview, job seekers should contact those employers participating in the Employment Fair with whom they would wish to meet prior to arriving in Montréal. While this will not guarantee an interview, it will indicate your interest to the employer and increase your chances of receiving an interview.

ASA members and Job Bank subscribers are highly encouraged to indicate on their Job Bank Resume Listing that they will be attending the Annual Meeting in Montréal. This will allow employers with an active listing on the ASA Job Bank to view your resume listing prior to the meeting. While this will not guarantee an interview, it will make you more visible to employers. This option will be available on the Job Bank May 1-August 18, 2017.

Directions on how to indicate you will be at the ASA Annual Meeting on your Job Bank Resume Listing

Job Seeker FAQs

View 2017 Registered Employers


All institutions with an interest in hiring sociologists are welcome to participate in the 2017 Employment Fair. A current open position(s) is not required to participate.

Employers with a current open position are encouraged to list their position in the ASA Job Bank. Once a position is in the Job Bank, employers can search the candidate resume profiles submited to the Job Bank. Beginning May 1, 2017, employers will be able to limit their search to only those candidates attending the Annual Meeting. However, we do encourage employers to review all candidates on the Job Bank to not miss a potential future employee.

Sunday and Monday, August 13 and 14, have been reserved for employers to conduct interviews at their booths. The hall will be open from 10:00AM-4:00PM each day. This new format gives employers the flexibility to schedule interviews at their leisure. There will be no time limits placed on the interviews. We encourage employers to both schedule interviews prior to arriving in Montréal, as well as reserve time on Sunday and Monday for any exceptional candidates that stop by your booth during the Employment Fair on Saturday.

Booth Set Up

Booths will be 10’x10’ with one six-foot table and three chairs. Two sides of each booth will be pipe and drape. Employers are welcome to bring signage, displays, and handouts to have at the booth.

Employers will be able to access their booth Saturday morning starting at 8:00AM to set up their materials. We encourage employers to use this time to connect with other colleagues currently conducting a search. There is no limit on the number of employer representatives that can participate in the Employment fair.


Employer fees must be paid before a booth will be reserved at the Employment Fair. ASA Department Affiliates receive a 25% discount on Employment Fair fees.

Department Affiliate $150.00
Non-Department Affiliate $200.00




Employer Registration

Employer registration will close Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 3:00pm ET.


Employer FAQs


Questions? Contact Jamie Lynn Panzarella at
(202) 383-9005 Ext. 336


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