What to know before you go to Austin’s career expo Wednesday


The city of Austin is hosting its annual career expo Wednesday, bringing more than 100 employers to the Palmer Events Center.

The hiring fair is free and open to the public. Last year, employers were looking to fill more than 4,000 open jobs there. You can see a list of employers registered to attend by clicking here

New this year, the expo will host a series of showcases, short presentations on topics like how to brand yourself and how to nail the job interview.

The career expo started eight years ago, when the city saw a need as companies laid people off. Despite low unemployment, they still see the need.

The city’s talent acquisition manager, Rodney Crain, said some of the jobs, like tech and project management openings, will be hard for employers to fill with unemployment around 3 percent in the area, but that’s not the case with all of them.

“At the city we have over 100 positions that are open right now and we hire and fill up to 1,500 positions every year,” Crain said. “So while it is a tight job market for some hard-to-fill jobs, there’s also plenty of opportunity in other areas.”

More than a dozen city departments and agencies will be represented at the career expo.

Crain anticipates the next few years will look a lot like the current job market. Jobs in tech, health care and even transportation will continue to be hard to fill for employers, he predicted. 

Job-seekers should bring with them copies of their resumes, as well as a digital copy if available. Crain recommended preparing a one-minute “elevator speech” to pitch employers your skills, background and experience. 

The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will likely be busy, Crain said, so it’s important to be patient and to explore your options to find the right position.

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