This can involve attending tradeshows to kick tires
and talk farming with company reps.
Just as car shoppers kick tires
, job seekers closely inspect companies -- conducting online research, reading reviews and asking friends for their opinions.
When you pick a few models and head for the dealer to kick tires
, don't hesitate to ask for a demo drive.
"It's a venue for people not only to kick tires
and look at new equipment, but to visit with old friends they might see only once a year, and to get (continuing education) credits," said Blair Moody, president of this year's conference.
"I couldn't kick tires
with the church," he laughed.
Whether or not these OEMs were there to kick tires
for a future purchase or to merely keep tabs on the engineering capabilities of a competitor, the Celestica spokesperson didn't say.