Two job fairs are taking place within a week, one focusing on San Antonio's growing information technology sector.
Workforce Solutions Alamo will have a career fair for youths 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Education Service Center Region 20.
Organizations say there are positions available in an increasing number of specific fields. The job fairs are happening after the announcement that U.S. jobless claims fell last week to their lowest level since July.
Workforce Solutions officials said they seek to encourage students to build links with industry members, research job opportunities, and grow their marketable skills into the future.
Workforce Solutions is working with SA Works to make this career fair. SA Works is a Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce-led initiative that facilitates partnerships between schools and employers. The result is the creation of valuable opportunities where students learn on the job and begin to realize their viable career path.
Some of the employers expected to take part in this career fair include Southwest Exteriors, Spaw Glass, Zachry, Medtronic, H-E-B, Generations Federal Credit Union, San Antonio CPA Society, Toyota, HoltCat, and CPS Energy.
"Each employer will provide a short presentation about their respective companies along with information about what students can do to get hired," said Lydia Elder, public relations/business communications specialist for Workforce Solutions Alamo.
"Those in STEM-related (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) industries will also explain the various ways math and science are applied in real world settings."
Food and free transportation to the job fair will be provided from two designated career centers -- 1498 Hillcrest and 6723 S. Flores St. A bus at each stop will load up at 7:30 a.m. to leave at 8 a.m. for the Region 20 service. Ten students will win gift cards, too, at the fair.
This fair is open to anyone wanting a job in the technology industry or just wishing to networking with employers.
Employers from across San Antonio's tech community will seek to fill technical positions from software developers and systems analysts to network engineers and digital marketers.
San Antonio's tech sector continues expanding, as more tech-related companies are setting up shop locally and advocacy organizations are adding members. It was reported earlier this year that then city had more than 34,000 workers in the technology industry, according to a report aggregated by the Computing Technology Industry Association.
The tech job fair will also have a happy/networking hour where attendees can connect with employers and enjoy a few brews provided by Alamo Beer Co.
Because of the Downtown Tuesday campaign, attendees may park for free at city-operated garages, lots and meters between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m.
A Codeup blog offers job seekers several tips on how they can best distinguish themselves at the tech job fair, from doing advance research of recruiting companies to developing an "elevator pitch" that can be made in under one minute.
RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/102461933536353/ to get more information.