Get a Head Start on Career Advancement at the HIMSS18 Career Fair

By Maggie Van Vossen, manager, professional development, HIMSS North America

As a member of the HIMSS staff, I can say from personal experience that it truly takes a village – or in this case, an entire enterprise – to organize a world-class, global conference that attracts 40,000+ attendees per year. As we prepare for what I’m confident will be the most exciting HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition experience yet, I wanted to let you know about an exciting FREE event open to all HIMSS18 attendees – the HIMSS18 Career Fair.

Opportunities for Career Advancement at HIMSS18

No matter where you are in your health information and technology career, you’ll find a wide range of resources to advance to the next stage at the HIMSS18 Career Fair on Wednesday, March 7. Connect with top employers, hiring companies and recruiters; attend education and poster sessions; and participate in other career-focused activities throughout the day. Again, this event is free to all HIMSS18 attendees; however, separate registration is required.

To start, we’ll be offering both morning (9:45 – 10:00 am) and afternoon (12:45 – 1:00 pm) sessions, hosted by Mara Daiker, MS, CPHIMS, RHIA, senior manager, professional development, HIMSS North America. These informative, introductory sessions will help attendees navigate the many activities at the HIMSS18 Career Fair. Mara will also discuss the many resources available to you through the HIMSS Career Institute, which will continue to cultivate your career development long after HIMSS18.


We also have a variety of excellent speakers lined up to share expert perspectives on how to take your career to the next level:

Shape Up Your Resume and Solve Your Interview Mistakes

Bonnie Siegel, FHIMSS, independent career consultant

Creating Your Personal Brand

Stefan Werdegar, managing partner, Quick Leonard Kieffer

What to Expect When Looking for a Job

Jason Bickford, health information & technology manager, Cigna Medial Group

Professional Networking and Mentoring

Wil Limp, MS, RHIA, CHTS-Trainer, University of Wisconsin – Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning

Advice for the Aspiring Female Executive

Sue Schade, FCHIME, LCHIME, FHIMSS, principal, StarBridge Advisors


Career Fair Highlights:

Networking Breakfast: 9:00 – 10:00 am

The HIMSS18 Career Fair will host a networking breakfast for attendees, employers and HIMSS representatives. This is a great opportunity to kick-start the day on a positive note and start building your professional network. Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Portrait Studio: 9:00am – 3:00 pm

Do you need a new headshot for work, your CV, or social media profile? Get your professional photo taken for free at the Portrait Studio. Digital photos will be available post-conference. Please stop by and bring your smile!

Early Careerists Poster Sessions: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Explore a wide assortment of topical issues relevant to early careerists with these peer-reviewed poster sessions. Posters will be displayed all day and presenters will be available from 10:45 – 11:45am to answer your questions.

Student Poster Sessions: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Explore a wide assortment of topical issues relevant to students with these peer-reviewed poster sessions. Posters will be displayed all day and presenters will be available from 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm to answer your questions.

Resume Review: 9:00 – 11:00 am and 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Looking to get a second opinion on your resume? The HIMSS18 Career Fair will offer free resume review. Get advice and recommended improvements from our professional resume experts. Space is limited; advance registration is required.

Education Sessions: 9:45 am – 3:00 pm

Industry professionals will share insights related to developing and enhancing a career in health information and technology. Bring your questions and learn from some of the best in the business.

Personal Brand Workshop: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Join our industry expert speaker as he delves into the components and makeup of developing your personal brand. It is strongly recommended that workshop attendees also attend the HIMSS18 Career Fair Personal Brand education session immediately prior to this workshop.

The HIMSS18 Career Fair is a springboard into advancement for a variety of careers related to the health information and technology sectors. HIMSS is dedicated to helping propel the next generation of health information and technology professionals – before, during and after the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition.

Learn more about the HIMSS18 Career Fair.

Explore more opportunities for career advancement at HIMSS18; view the schedule-at-a-glance.