Startups and tech companies turn to job fairs to recruit workers
When most Western New Yorkers hear the names of companies like New Era, Delaware North, or M&T Bank, they get a pretty good idea of who those companies are and what they do.
But what about Odoo, Circuit Clinical, PostProcess or ZiZo Technologies?
As more start-ups and tech companies continue to settle in Buffalo Niagara, they face a unique challenge: recruiting workers who may never have heard of them or who don’t. have no idea what they are doing.
Two upcoming career fairs will be a great opportunity for job seekers interested in working for a startup or tech company to learn more about the options available in Western New York.
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“It’s extremely important for startups and tech companies to have the chance to meet candidates and explain who they are, what they do and what their mission is,” said Christian Gaddis, Senior Director of Recruitment. and marketing at 43North. “These companies don’t always have the name recognition that larger companies have.”
Be in Buffalo, the all-virtual tech career fair, will take place on April 27.
Attendees should register in advance so they can find out which companies are participating, what jobs they have available, and familiarize themselves with the online platform hosting the fair, said Be in Buffalo public relations specialist Greg Pokriki. . Job seekers can make appointments in advance with the companies they wish to speak with.
Startups and tech companies AML RightSource, HELIXintel, Rural Sourcing, and Odoo will have virtual booths at the job fair and are looking to hire for tech positions, including developers, analysts, designers, and engineers, but also have openings in marketing, business and leadership.
Expect a casual and relaxed atmosphere at Forge Buffalo’s 716 Career Fair on May 12.
“We really try to mimic the boot environment as best we can,” Gaddis said.
Job seekers will be able to meet with company representatives, just like at any job fair. But Forge Buffalo has also planned some fun elements.
There will be a photographer taking professional photos for people, as well as a photo booth for those “non-LinkedIn photos,” Gaddis said. A local DJ will provide music and a LinkedIn expert will be on hand to help people spruce up their online profiles.
Twenty-five companies have registered so far, including the eight 2021 43North winners, ZiZo Technologies, M&T Tech, Circuit Clinical, Bounce Imaging and Post Process, according to Gaddis.
When it comes to working at a startup, Gaddis thinks it’s beneficial to meet company representatives in person to get a sense of the company’s team and culture. An in-person job fair is a great opportunity for this.
“It gives you a chance to really get those key insights that you just don’t get from another interaction,” Gaddis said.
It’s also a good opportunity to learn more about startups in general to see if working in a startup environment would be a good fit for job seekers.
“We encourage everyone to come whether you know for sure it’s something you want to do or you’re on the fence or even if you don’t think you want to do it,” he said. “Come down, chat, meet these people in person, because sometimes it makes the biggest difference whether you see yourself in that position or not.”
By hosting a virtual job fair, Be in Buffalo hopes to attract job seekers from outside the area to consider moving to Buffalo for work. It is also an opportunity for employers to be more exposed at a time when the local unemployment rate is 4.3% and when job seekers have heightened expectations in terms of remuneration and working conditions. .
“With some of the talent struggles, both in Buffalo and across the country, these recruiters really need people,” Pokriki said. “And it’s a dedicated time where their goal is to make hires.”
• The Be in Buffalo Virtual Tech Career Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 entirely online. Visit info.buffaloniagara.org/en/beinbuffalovirtualcareerfair-april-2022 to register.
• Forge Buffalo’s 716 Career Fair is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. May 12 at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St. For more information or to register, visit forgebuffalo.com/716careerfair.
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