By LM Sixel
Lots of recruiters won’t be working out of a booth at OTC. So how do you find them if you’re looking to switch jobs and you want to keep your ears open about any potential openings?
One good way is to spend some time drinking coffee or having a snack in the refreshment area. And sit at a table with an extra chair or two.
Recruiters are trolling for job candidates, said Jamie Belinne, assistant dean for career services at the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
They’re wandering around and looking at name tags, she said. And what better place to launch a conversation than over a soda at the convention concession stand?
It’s not as awkward as approaching someone who’s walking around, she said. Instead, the recruiter can ask if the seat is taken and sit down and chat.
Another giveaway — their names tags are often different from most conventioneers, she said. And they often wear their company shirts with logos.
They can also be spotted hovering at the periphery of the booths but aren’t standing in line to talk to the vendors or on-site recruiters.
Recruiters are discreet, she said. So keep a sharp eye for the stranger eyeing your name tag. And stop frequently for refreshments.