So my local APA Chapter Conference is coming up, and while looking at the descriptions for the sessions that are being offered, I noticed that a couple of the presenters are directors or otherwise higher ups for a few organizations that I have recently applied for positions with. They are presenting at two different sessions, so I am not really concerned about an awkward three way meeting or some similar situation.
It seems like a great opportunity, but I dont want it to backfire, so I am curious as to how I should play this hand. I submitted my resume to the two positions fairly recently so I still believe I have a good chance of getting interviews. I highly doubt, though, that either one of them would recognize my name, even if they happenned to see my resume/cover letter. I am sure that I at least need to introduce myself after the sessions, even if I dont mention that I am looking for a position.
I am wondering, though, if I should try and make it a point to mention my interest in the position or only do so if the conversation flows naturally in that direction, although I dont know what I would say if I happened to get an interview and then have to explain why I didnt mention my interest during the conference. Also, what can I do to ensure a lasting impression, I dont have a business card to give, so can I give them my resume even though it is already floating around somewhere in their respective organizations.
Any tips about what you think is the best way to handle this would be much appreciated.