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Techweek will take your resume now, thanks

June 13, 2012|By Mick Swasko, RedEye

Recent grads, those itching for a career change and even entrepreneurs seeking advice on creating their own tech startups might want to dust off (or write) a resume.

As part of Techweek, an expo and conference showcasing the work of start-ups to big names in the tech industry in Chicago, a recruiting fair will be held June 23 at Merchandise Mart's 8th floor. The fair runs from noon to 5 p.m. and is open to anyone with a resume in hand.

"There should be something for everybody," said Damien Fox, a member of the Techweek public relations team. "As long as they have the drive and background to fit the company."

About 40 to 50 companies are expected to be at the fair, some based in Chicago and others around the Midwest. Fox said the Saturday date for the fair should allow those looking to switch careers the opportunity to do so without raising any red flags at their current jobs. He also said the fair will be a good opportunity for those thinking about founding their own startups to rub elbows with established names that can provide advice. A list of some of the companies that will participate can be found at http://techweek.com/expo/hiring-fair/.

Fox said because of the size and quick pace of the fair, interviews or hiring will likely not occur on the spot. But he said there will be opportunities to meet with company representatives face-to-face.

"It's a really great networking opportunity to get out there and get some business cards," he said.

Techweek runs from June 22 to June 26 at Merchandise Mart. The event will include 300 speakers at 200 different sessions, with presentations ranging from different coding languages to startup fundraising to online marketing. The job fair is free, but the expo – which features a variety of tech companies showcasing their work – costs $30 for tickets. The conference, which includes access to speakers and sessions, costs $575, with some discounts offered for college students and those who work for non-profits.

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