What to do After a Career Fair

Over the past week, you were able to get some face-to-face time with recruiters either in person or through virtual sessions. You may be thinking, “Now what?” How do you keep the momentum going, and secure a potential internship or job interview? Here are tips for following up after meeting with employers.

Follow Employers on Handshake

After you meet an employer you like, go to their Handshake page and click Follow. You’ll receive notifications when they post new jobs and events. Plus, when the employer views your profile, they can see that you follow them. Mutual interest definitely works in your favor!

Apply to an open job or internship

While you’re on their Handshake page, check out the list of open jobs and internships. If you discussed a specific opportunity with the employer, get ready to send your application.

If you didn’t discuss a specific job, read through what’s available and apply to any that interest you. If you need a little time to get your application ready, save the job you like so you’ll get a notification to apply before the deadline.

Send a thank you email

If the employer shares their contact info, plan to send a follow-up email within 24 hours of your session. Begin your email by thanking them for their time and telling them you enjoyed meeting them.

Then, include something specific that you liked discussing or learning about. Finally, let them know what next steps you’re taking, such as applying for a job.

Quick tips for your follow up:

  1. Prepare a draft of your message before your sessions. That way, you can quickly edit and send them once the session is over. This will make it easier to get your email out quickly, and will help you stand out.
  2. Keep the subject line simple. You can have “Thank you” as your subject line or include your first and last name.
  3. Be concise. Employers are busy and receive a lot of email, so keep your message brief. One or two short paragraphs is all you need.
  4. Proofread before you click send. It’s really important to catch any spelling or grammatical errors. If you have time, ask a friend or family member to review your message as well.

Do you want someone to take a look at your note, or help you through this process?
Drop into Career Studio Weekdays 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and have a snack while you work with a peer coach. Check-in at the Welcome Desk on the 2nd floor of Ernie Pyle Hall.

Establish Connections on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the best places to network with alumni, recruiters and industry professionals, as well as apply to opportunities with companies all over the world. Create your profile and get started networking and meeting recruiters today! LinkedIn expert and author Lindsey Pollak shares some top tips for using LinkedIn in this Newsweek article.

By Maureen Langley
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