More than 30 companies will participate in the biannual San Antonio Tech Job Fair. Credit: Scott Ball / San Antonio Report

As more than two dozen tech companies prepare to set up shop in downtown San Antonio alone, the demand for local technology talent continues to grow. The biannual San Antonio Tech Job Fair will feature more than 30 companies searching for qualified candidates at various experience levels – from entry level to executive.

The fair, hosted by CodeupGeekdom, and Tech Bloc, will take place at The DoSeum on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The fair is free for job seekers, but those interested must RSVP to attend. Register here before maximum capacity is reached and registration closes.

“With San Antonio’s growing tech scene – in startups and large enterprise – the upcoming Tech Job Fair is the perfect place to make connections, build your network, and pitch yourself to your future employer,” said Will Garrett, co-founder of the cybersecurity incubator Build Sec Foundry.

More than 30 companies will be on site to educate, interview, and recruit people with various tech skills and experience. Positions are available in a variety of fields within the tech industry, such as web development, software engineering, network administration, tech support, web design, and digital marketing and advertising. Gold sponsors of the event also seeking employees are Accenture, Easy Expunctions, H-E-B, TaskUs, and Swipe Track Solutions.

Other companies participating in the job fair include Code2Revenue, CPS Energy, Direct Call Solutions, Apex Systems, Inc., Catapult Staffing, iHeart Media, UI Centric, Def-Logix, Futurex, SlideWave, DoLab, Robert Half Technologies, ICSolutions, and Globalscape, among others.

“The robust participation of so many diverse tech companies is a solid indicator that our tech workforce is not only experiencing growth in San Antonio, but is flourishing,” said Gerry Diaz, founder of Tech Talent Texas, a community-based nonprofit that matches tech professionals with mentors across Texas.

CodeUp offers the following tips for job seekers coming to the fair:

  1. Use keywords to describe your skills, but don’t go overboard: Recruiters may know terms like JavaScript and Apache, but don’t use too much industry jargon.
  2. Research the companies ahead of time and ask good questions: Review the list of attending companies to make your interaction with recruiters productive.
  3. Define your goals for the job fair and be sure to follow up with recruiters: Prioritize your time and develop a game plan for which companies to approach first at the fair. As you collect business cards from each table, follow up the next day with recruiters to express your interest and thank them for their time.
  4. Prepare a stellar résumé and don’t forget to polish your online profiles: Bring at least 20 copies of your résumé to the event. Update your LinkedIn and social media profiles before attending the fair.
  5. Craft a 30-60 second “elevator pitch:” You may only have a few minutes with an employer so practice talking about yourself and what you offer that company.

Employers for the fair are still being accepted. Companies interested in participating may contact Yumi Jeon at yumi@codeup.com.

Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez

Iris Gonzalez writes about technology, life science, and veteran affairs. She won the Texas Veterans Commission Media Excellence Awards for her 2016 Veterans Day story "Life as a Veteran: What Veterans...