The 2012 Employment Center was held at the Hynes Convention Center during the Joint Mathematics Meetings. Just over 100 employers and 800 applicants participated in the three and one-half days of interviews. These numbers are similar to the previous year’s ratio. Most interviews were arranged in advance by the employing institutions through Employment Center software or private arrangement. Computers onsite provided access to the system and to email.
An applicant waiting area offered a quiet place to wait for the next interview to begin. Employers also utilized their own private lounge area with internet and printer access. While many job candidates
were hoping that more employers would be present, all in all, those participating found it to be a quiet and centrally located setting to hold interviews.
New this year, Employment Center information was accessed through the Mathjobs.org accounts. In addition to requesting and scheduling interviews, employers and applicants had access to materials (if requested or made available) uploaded to Mathjobs.org. An EC icon made it easy for both employers and applicants to recognize Employment Center participants. Reactions to combining the Employment Center with Mathjobs.org were positive, and many noticed that the tension level throughout the area seemed diminished.