T H E   N I H    C A T A L Y S T      J A N U A R Y  – F E B R U A R Y   2006


The 2005 Research Festival Job Fair got a good review from both prospective employers and fellows, the latter of whom  attended in record numbers—992. Exhibitors registered their highest overall satisfaction level since the Job Fair's inception in the year 2000 —4.49 on a scale of 1 to 5—on the evaluation forms (33 of 43 responded), and nearly all expressed an interest in returning next year.

The exhibitors were more satisfied with the quality and quantity of fellows who visited their booths than with the level of preparedness of these job seekers to discuss employment options. (In preparation for the fair, the NIH Fellows Committee [FelCom] offers workshops on résumé preparation and on interviewing skills; career development activities added this year included a seminar—by a representative from ScienceCareers.org and Science magazine's Next Wave—on how to make a good impression in just two minutes.)

At this year's fair, FASEB offered an individual résumé review service, which was deemed the most valuable aspect of the fair by the fellows. But the heavy demand for the service overwhelmed it, and FelCom is currently discussing how to manage it better next year. Fellows also noted that too few representatives of academia were in the mix of prospective employers, which included biotech and pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, foundations, and government agencies (including NIH).

Job Fair coordinator Shirley Forehand at her post directing attendees to tables of interest

A light at the top of the Job fair tunnel
Heidi Erickson, NCI, talking shop with a prospective employer
Science magazine representative giving fellows interview tips
Susan Olivo-Marston, NICI cancer prevention fellow, provides career development information at the NIH Fellows Committee booth
Milling around at the Johnson & Johnson table

Statistics compiled by Shirley Forehand

Photos by Cherie Butts

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology provided much-in-demand résumé-critiquing services . . . .


. . . for which the lines were




Return to Table of Contents