Ask not what you can do for your professional society, but what your professional society can do for you. Douglas Sweet certainly took this sentiment to heart. Last year he signed up to use the online resume posting service and the placement service organized by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) at the Experimental Biology meeting. "The placement service was the best way for me to meet many potential employers, in my field and all in one place," says Sweet, an assistant project scientist at the University of California, San Diego. He lined up eight interviews for academic positions, was later invited to give three seminars, and was offered the position he now holds straight away. He works in the UC-San Diego department of medicine's research track on renal physiology. Sweet adds that the targeted, short-timed interview format of the on-site meeting placement service worked well for...

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