You attended yesterday’s WorkForce career fair and met a handful of employers. Now what?
Your work is not done! If you want your career fair conversations to lead to a job, internship or professional connection, then you must follow up . . . no later than today. Most employers will agree: following up helps you get the job. No follow up = slim chances of getting the job or internship.
- Prioritize your opportunities. Think about the employers you spoke with and create two lists: companies you want to work for, #1 being your first choice and companies with opportunities for you right now, #1 being the most promising. At a minimum, you should follow up with the top 3 in each list.
- Send an email (or handwritten note if you prefer). Thank the employer for taking time to speak with you yesterday. Mention something you discussed with him/her. Offer a new piece of information and then end with a call-to-action. Keep the email short & sweet (3-4 sentences should suffice). Don’t forget to include your name and phone number.
- Connect on LinkedIn. Search for the employer(s) on LinkedIn and send a connection request. Do not use the standard request text. Delete it and write your own. For example: Thank you for speaking with me at the WorkForce Career Fair this week. For future opportunities, I’d like keep in contact and connect with you on LinkedIn.
Here’s a great video (from University of Maryland) of employers telling you exactly what they want in a follow up:
There you go! Take some time today to follow these steps and you just might make a long-lasting professional connection. Good Luck!