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2017 AMS Employment Center
Applicant Information

10 Things Applicants Should Know

1.  Should I participate?
Only plan to participate if you register early (by mid-December). Registering on site serves no purpose since most schedules are full by that time. For those who are currently on the job market, and have made applications throughout the fall, the Employment Center is a central meeting place for employers and applicants that are attending the Joint Mathematics Meetings. The Employment Center is a great resource not only for interviewing purposes, but also for finding out what jobs are available in the mathematical community, meeting other applicants, and making a personal connection with employers not possible on paper. However, there is no guarantee of interviews, and in fact some qualified applicants may find themselves with no interviews at all.

2.  What kind of employers are there?
Many of the employers are academic mathematical sciences departments. There are a few nonacademic employers each year. There will ordinarily be no research-oriented postdoctoral positions listed or discussed at the Employment Center. Attention generally goes to versatile candidates who are well suited for teaching positions at bachelor's-granting colleges.

3.  What are my chances of getting interviews?
Applicants should understand that the Employment Center provides no guarantees of interviews or jobs. Last year, those who responded to a follow-up survey reported an average of one to three interviews in the Employment Center. Most interviews are scheduled in advance by the employers. Applicants are unable to request interviews. Employers issue invitations based on applications made for the position, and only for candidates that they wish to see. Employers will contact you via email if they are interested in setting up an interview with you. You can also contact them via the contact information provided in their job listing. Keep in mind that interviews arranged at the Employment Center represent only an initial contact with the employers and that hiring decisions are not made during or immediately following such interviews. A good outcome, in the following weeks or months, would be an invitation for a campus visit. In a recent survey, 45 percent of applicants responding reported being invited later, for at least one on-campus visit to an employer they had interviewed with during the Employment Center; 30 percent reported receiving at least one job offer in the months following the Employment Center.

4.  What steps will get me registered?

  1. Register for the Employment Center at beginning in September 2016 and thereafter. This is free for job seekers.
  2. All applicants planning to enter the Employment Center even just for one interview must present a Joint Meetings Registration badge. This may be enforced. Meeting badges are obtained by registering for the Joint Mathematics Meetings. See registration instructions and rates on the Joint Meetings registration form and pay the appropriate fee. You must register; meeting registration is not done for you.  

5.  How are interviews arranged by employers? 

  • Log onto (or create) your free account; fill in coversheet data and upload documents such as a resume
  • look for the "EmpCtr (EC)" logo in the top menu bar to go to the Employment Center page
  • Use the "click here to sign up first" link - check the "Interested" box that comes up and enter your UNAVAILABLE time periods during the JMM, if any, and submit. (To see hours of operation, click here). 
  • Clicking on "your profile page" shows what  the EC employers can see about you. To add documents to that profile, go to "Portfolio -- Coversheet" in the menu bar to access your coversheet, then in the "Questions about your Mathjobs.Org account" section near the bottom, utilize the "optionally, you can select files ... " pull down menu to select one or more files that should be made available. It is NOT necessary to mark the "List me in the Job Wanted list ... " box to add documents to your EC profile. 
  • Review the positions being interviewed at the Employment Center by clicking "click here to see a list of employers." Employers issue invitations based on applications made for the position, and only for candidates that they wish to see. Employers will contact you via email if they are interested in setting up an interview with you. You can also contact them via email to the contact information provided in their job listing.
  • In some cases you can also APPLY for a job using the "Apply" button, which is a good idea and further shows your interest in the job.
  • When an invitation for an interview arrives in email, respond to it quickly. You may also suggest an alternate time if necessary.
  • Invitations may also come privately by email or phone, but be aware there is no longer any messaging conducted on site on paper.

6.  When can I see which employers are interviewing there? 
Registered employers/jobs are visible in real time on the "View Jobs" screen on - watch for the "EC" logo next to a school or job. When you are logged in, look for the list on your EC page. Please be aware that some employers do not register until close to the event. A list of LAST YEAR's employers is available to give a general idea of what to expect. Applicants should note that while most employers will appear on the web list, a few employers will reserve a table but choose not to post a job, since they are only interviewing a predetermined short list of applicants. If you have an appointment with an employer who does not appear on any list, most likely the employer rented a table there but is not using the Employment Center services. Applicants can check on such registrations in person at the Employment Center desk in Atlanta.

7.  Is there a deadline? 
There is no deadline, but the earlier you are registered, the better. Registration on site serves no purpose because interviews are pre-arranged before the meeting. Please register online as early as possible if you know you will be attending the JMM; do not wait until you arrive since employers will be busy interviewing and will not look at new registrants. If you already have one or more meetings arranged privately, Employment Center registration is not required. All you need to enter the room is a JMM meeting badge.

8.  What happens on site in Seattle?
When you arrive before an interview you will need to wait in the Applicant Waiting Area at the Employment Center. When the employer is ready, he or she will come to the door, call your name, and lead you to the interview table. The Employment Center also provides computer access to at stations located near the applicant waiting area.

9.  What new information will I find at the Employment Center that I didn't see on
None. But staff will be available to answer any questions. Also, the Joint Committee on Employment Opportunities (JCEO) offers appointments for interview coaching. Applicants are invited to use the sign-up sheet located at that table to schedule a one-on-one career consultation. 

10.  What should I bring to the Employment Center?
Pack suitable clothing for job interviews; these could occur over a period of 3 - 4 days. It is always polite to have a brief version of your resume in hand to give to interviewers who may not have a paper copy. Copying is expensive at a convention, so it is best to bring those from home. There are no printers available at the Employment Center.

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