My trip has been successful. I came down from Montana with one scheduled interview and lots of online applications completed. I have spent time in the area (Amelia) in the past, so I knew where some offices were already.
I printed out all of the applications that I could and filled them out ahead of time. I made sure my resume was up to date and that I had plenty of copies on hand. I went with my two good suites because you don't get a second chance to make a first impression - cliche I know, but it makes you stand out in a crowd!
Staying at the Chateau on the Bayou has worked out well, too. The rate is discounted for mariners, and sure beats a low budget notel! Miss C. has been a great help and source of info on the area.
By the end of the week I had two offers and chose to go with ECO. The other outfit looks great as well. I chose ECO because of all the diverse areas of work that they are involved in, as well as feedback from many of you on the forum.
One thing to prepare for if you are coming down is to have all relevant medical records in hand or available for review. One company wanted the documents about a surgery from years ago, another wanted the current condition of the "repair" evaluated. The Houma Ortho Clinic really stepped up and helped me out with that requirement - which saved me a trip home and back!
Hope the info helps those that are on the hunt!
All the best,