Tech Homecoming’s annual job fair returns to Ann Arbor with in-person and virtual events

Continuous efforts to connect talented job seekers with emerging local businesses, Ann Arbor SPARK is preparing to host its annual Tech homecoming Job fair. Tech Homecoming begins with a personal event on Thanksgiving evening, November 24th at Cahoot, 206 E. Huron St. of Ann Arbor. For the first time, SPARK will also host an online version of the event called Back to Michigan on Wednesday December 8th. Both events are free and take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Jenn Cornell Queen, Ann Arbor SPARK senior vice president of marketing, communications and events, says she is particularly excited about this year’s events because they already have a great mix of companies participating.

“We have companies looking for everything from product managers to data and software engineers to data analysts to office administration and support professionals,” she says. “We have a wide range of employers and also a large number of positions that have to be filled.”

To ensure that personal space is safe for everyone, SPARK will host a maximum of 12 companies (11 are already enrolled). There will also be an upper limit on how many people can participate. Cornell Queen also stresses that all personal attendees must show proof of vaccination at the door.

Participants should also bring copies of their résumés and be ready to mingle with potential employers over drinks and snacks. The online event allows attendees to learn more about local tech jobs, but from the comfort of their own living room or office. So far, there are 18 companies on board, and attendees can connect with them through one-on-one text chats.

“There’s no shortage of companies hiring anytime in Ann Arbor and this job fair is one of our celebrations,” says Cornell Queen. “Our job market is pretty steady. There’s always something on the job boards, and I think this event brings companies and job seekers together really big.”

Plus, Tech Homecoming is the perfect way to get to know successful smaller tech companies that are proving important to the local community.

“People may know the bigger companies like Ford or May mobility. But they may not know anything about smaller startups like Shoptelligence, [which] is in SPARK Central or has to hire six people, “says Cornell Queen. But these onesie-twoies companies are expanding successfully over a year or two and need people to help them grow.”

Jaishree Drepaul’s brother is a freelance writer and editor and currently resides in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at [email protected].

Photo courtesy Ann Arbor SPARK.

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