Looking to launch a new career because you’re sick of a dead end gig? Technology is an exciting career path that can take you down a number of different avenues and offers great salary potential. It can also provide more laid-back work environments. If you’re miserable, it’s time to make a career switch and get your foot in the door of a place where you’ll thrive. Here are some tips if you’re looking to make the switch at the HackerNest Toronto tech job fair:
Getting in the door early means you can create a great first impression before anyone else arrives. Imagine impressing a recruiter and what it could do for your career! Arriving early allows you to spend time meeting people and getting familiar with the event venue. It also means that you’ll remember where you parked so you don’t have to spend time hunting for your car when you’re tired at the end of the day (and all the networking you were doing).
Employers like people who know about their individual companies and their clients. Do some research about the people/businesses you want to impress. Then, let that passion out when speaking with the recruiter. Without passion, you’re just another bland job candidate who won’t be able to land a first interview. It helps to know a bit about the companies you’ll be talking to before you walk in the door, and what you’ll say to each individual recruiter.
Have a Unique Resume
Make sure that your resume is one page, and fill that page with things that make you stand out from the crowd. You should keep it conventional, but make sure to list all the exciting things you’ve done. Consider creating a second version of your resume for the more “fun” employers who are more likely to be impressed by creativity. Know your audience.
It’s hard to do, but make sure that you follow up with each employer after a the career fair. A simple email can make the difference between getting a job and being forgotten. If you get a response — don’t delay! Write back to everybody, even if they don’t have the job you want right now. These connections can only help in the future. Good luck!!