Within the last few years, Buffalo has undergone a tech renaissance. The industry is brimming with new innovations and opportunities for workers in Western New York. However, many tech graduates and professionals in the area often seek out positions in the industry elsewhere, overlooking the potential that exists right in their own backyard. If you are looking to start or continue your tech career, Buffalo has plenty of lucrative, highly rewarding career opportunities for you; you just have to know where to look.
Check Local Job Boards
While it might be tempting to look for Buffalo tech jobs with boards like Indeed or ZipRecruiter, you should consider looking at local job boards first. Be In Buffalo, Forge Buffalo, and Lighthouse Technology Services are all Buffalo-based organizations with a pulse on the local industry landscape that helps job seekers connect with and apply to companies in the tech space. Though they do showcase positions outside of Buffalo and remote options, they’re a great resource for local hiring.
Look at Company Websites
One of the best ways to find local tech jobs is to go right to the source. M&T Bank, Moog, ACV Auctions, and other tech and tech-adjacent companies in the region have a plethora of job opportunities available. If you have an idea of a local company that you want to work for, check the company’s website for potential job openings. While you’re there, read through their website to get a feel for the company, their culture, and what they’re looking for in an employee.
Attend Local Events
Next time you see a tech event in Buffalo, consider stopping by. TechBuffalo regularly sponsors networking events, career fairs, and resource fairs in the area for college students, professionals, and those looking to work in tech. Getting out into the community allows you to see what’s really happening and what opportunities are available. It’s also a great chance to make valuable connections with other job seekers or industry professionals who might be able to connect you with a local position.
Stand Out to Recruiters
Worried about standing out to local companies in your application? There are plenty of ways that you can shine among recruiters in the tech industry. Firstly, you’ll need to have technical skills and be able to show them off. Have a portfolio of applicable work related to your technical skills. Projects from college, freelance jobs, or passion projects are perfect for a portfolio.
If you don’t already have a technical degree or certification, consider looking into local or online training programs and bootcamps before you apply. Once you have the technical skills down, focus on elevating your soft skills. Tech companies are looking for candidates who are able to efficiently and effectively communicate, collaborate, meet deadlines, and adapt to changing demands and workloads. Finally, make sure you stay up to date on local tech news by attending local events and following tech blogs and newsletters.
Find Your Place In Tech With TechBuffalo
Interested in a career in tech? No matter what your background is, there’s a place for you in Buffalo’s fast-growing tech scene. Whether you’re a college student preparing to graduate, a professional ready to make a career, or looking to get into tech without traditional experience, TechBuffalo is here to help. Get in touch with us today to explore pathways to tech and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest job opportunities, training programs, and local events.