American Sociological Association

Job Seekers

Job Seekers

This year, the ASA is excited to expand its Annual Meeting career development offerings for job seekers. The new Career Center will host a second year of the Employment Fair as well as introduce the new Prep Talks series. 

Prep Talks

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Photo by Marcos Luiz Photograph
We continue to look at ways to expand the resources that are offered in the Career Center and this year our addition is the Prep Talks. The presentations are short dynamic presentations on an array of topics that will be helpful to job seekers at all stages of their career search. The presentations will be given in an area of the Employment Fair during Employment Fair hours on Saturday, August 11. Your meeting badge will be required to enter the hall.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Preparing a Successful Job Talk
Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland
This Prep Talk will discuss the nuts and bolts of articulating the best parts of your research, implementing best practices to deliver a successful job talk, and adequately responding during Q&A. 

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Effective Interview Strategies for the Academic Job Search
Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts
This session addresses how to prepare for interviews, including on-campus visits, and suggests both what to do, as well as what to avoid doing. By addressing both the explicit and hidden interview, the session should help you put your best foot forward as you interview for jobs. View slides and handout.

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Applying to a Teaching-oriented Institution
Lissa Yogan, Valparaiso University
This session will cover the differences in culture and work-life between a research oriented and teaching oriented institution. Specific attention will be given to ways to craft your cover letter and CV as well as what you should include in an interview. There will also be a short time devoted to Q &A. View handout.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.
You Have an Offer, Now What? Negotiating a Contract
Richard Serpe, Kent State University
After you receive an initial offer from a college or university, the excitement, for most people, becomes one of uncertainty about the quality of the offer.  This session will discuss what “not” to say when you receive the offer, how to determine what to ask for beyond the offer (salary, resources, etc.) and, how to approach the institution with your requests. View slides.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
What Does the Job Market Look Like?
Nicole V. Amaya, ASA
Whether you’re looking for a job now, or still have several years left in your graduate program, it is important to understand the contours of the job market in sociology. This presentation will answer questions such as what areas of specialization are most sought after, and which geographic regions offer the most jobs? Data from ASA’s 2017 Job Bank provide insights on the types jobs available for sociologists and strategies that can lead you to them.


Employment Fair

Any registrant, 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.

When: Saturday, August 11; 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Convention Center

The informal environment of the Fair is designed to be flexible to fit with your meeting schedule. The open Fair on Saturday offers the opportunity to meet with employers and discover more about their institutions, as well as positions currently available or future employment opportunities. 

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, August 12-14, are reserved 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 Philadelphia. While this will not guarantee an interview, it will indicate your interest to the employer and increase your chances of receiving an interview. Please see the current list of 2018 Employment Fair employers for more information.

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 Philadelphia. 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. Make sure your resume listing will be active through at least August 14, 2018, for employers to be able to see your listing. 

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

Job Seeker FAQs

View 2018 Registered Employers

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


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