As Sam Markose is getting ready to enter the job market, he just found a lot of potential employers he didn’t know existed.
The Towson University senior is currently interning at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). But with his May graduation looming, he got a tip from a co-worker to check out NET/WORK Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Industry last week.
Looking at the tables of the 30+ startups exhibiting where he had just dropped off his resume, Markos said he was discovering a new segment of Baltimore’s business community.
“It’s awesome seeing startups in Baltimore,” Markose said. “I didn’t know they existed. I thought it was just big companies like JPMorgan and GDIT.”
The companies were ready to make themselves stand out in the February setting. With Valentine’s Day having recently passed, SmartLogic brought roses.
— Molly Rose (@MollyKRose) February 17, 2016
Like groundhogs anticipating spring, SocialToaster brought shades.
— David Bessent (@DavidMBessent) February 17, 2016
And Response Labs had the kind of moody booth lighting that made them instantly intriguing.
— J. Frank (@just_franklin) February 17, 2016
The event also provided some help with self-presentation for the job seekers with headshots from ZMBmedia, and talks from front-end web developer Lyn Muldrow, Under Armour Front End Architect Shea Frederick and Mindgrub HR Manager Jonalyne Andres. At her talk on building a portfolio, Muldrow said it was OK to do some #humblebragging.
“You want to, at first glance, answer the question, ‘Who is this person?'” she said.
— Jay Stoner (@OP_Pres) February 17, 2016
Back under the giant flying machine in the exhibit area, we ran into Josh Uzzell.
The designer and developer was glad to not only pass off his resume, but also have a chance to talk to representatives from Mindgrub, Systems Alliance and SocialToaster. At conferences and bigger hiring events, he said, there’s less of an opportunity to talk to the representatives face-to-face.
“It’s a lot better than most other job fairs,” he said.
And since we know all the attendees had to miss Ray from Car Talk’s Reddit AMA, Jeff Nemic has you covered:
— Jeff Nemic (@jnemic) February 18, 2016