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5:30pm EDT Update
The HealthIT Job Fair at Georgia State University today was
interesting. The intent was to have all candidates
prescreened prior to attending. I don't think that was a good
call at all. There weren't enough candidates there. It
was a good turnout, but in my mind there should've been more job
seekers there. The booths that were the busiest included
those for MedAssets, Greenway Technologies, and McKesson. All
three booths had multiple reps there to meet candidates.
The majority of the folks in attendance seemed to be there
trying to figure out how best to repackage themselves to move from
an IT background to a Healthcare IT career. There was a lot
of advice offered on how to do this on the panel.
Why weren't there any college students at this? The event
was at GSU, yet there was not a single student there that I
met. In fairness there could have been a handful since I
didn't meet everyone, but all things considered I think a job fair
at a university ought to pull in college students, especially in a
town like Atlanta with so many good schools near downtown
I'm still glad I attended and I enjoyed the comments on the
panel I sat on from Han Reichgelt from Southern Polytechnic and
State Uniersity, Marlie Johnson from Greenway, and Jennifer Dennard
from Billians. A good group.
I'm on a panel at 11am in today's HealthIT Job Fair at Georgia
State University, sponsored by the Technology Association of
The link to the overview is here.
I will be interested to see the questions or response from the
audience, which I assume will be recent or pending college
graduates but it may be an even healthier mix of people hoping to
enter healthcare IT. I'm betting up front we talk about some
basics of job searching that are never heeded like they should
I will post my comments on the event later today.