Following up after the Career Fair
Congratulations for making it to the iSchool Employer Connections Fair! Hopefully you found a lot of great contacts and have made great connections with those people. If you haven’t yet followed up with the people you met at the fair, you should! Here’s how:
1. Say thank you. Hopefully you collected some business cards or contact information for both recruiters and hiring managers/professionals that were present at the fair representing their company. Write a quick email to one of those folks to say thank you for their time and that you enjoyed meeting them. Make the thanks personal, people can usually tell if you’ve copy/pasted the same email message to several different people.
2. Reference something you talked about. Write a message to someone you talked to at the career fair and mention something about your conversation, so that it will be easier for them to remember you. Did you talk about data science or your passion for taxonomy? Mention that in your note back to them, saying something like “we had a great conversation about the importance of good taxonomy, and I’m really excited to pursue an internship where I can work on a project like that.” The more specific you can be here, the better!
3. Suggest a follow-up action. Propose a reason to stay in touch. Suggest a follow up meeting to talk about internship possibilities in more detail, or ask them if they have anyone else they can connect you to in the organization who might have great advice or insight for you (and then email them after you contact that person again to say thanks), or say thanks and then offer to follow up with them in a few weeks to check in on how things are going with their hiring needs (or projects, etc).
4. Give something back. Share an article relevant to the conversation you had at the career fair, or offer to connect the professional to someone in your network (“I know you said you were interested in programmers, and while I’m more interested in pursuing Data Analyst roles, I thought I should introduce you to my classmate, Jessica, who is one of the strongest programmers I know.”). You could suggest an event that you plan to attend yourself, or share information about a group or professional association, or a website that you particularly like that’s relevant to your field (if you suspect that they might not already know about it). You can even give back in more fun or personal ways, sometimes conversations at the career fair trend toward personal topics like having just gotten back from vacation, or having been out sick, or that the person loves the chocolate chip cookies in the break room, or is going to their daughter’s dance recital after the fair, you could follow up on all of these types of topics with articles, websites, resources, or personal helpful experience/anecdotes. All of this creates connection between you and the professional, and people do hiring based on connections.
5. Connect on LinkedIn. Send a personalized connection request on LinkedIn to the folks you met at the fair, this is a great way to stay in touch and remind them of your qualifications.
Career-Related Events This Week
Thursday, February 13 | 2:30 – 4:00pm | MGH 134
Friday, February 14 | 1:30 – 2:30pm | MGH 134
Thursday, February 13, | 3:00 – 5:00pm
Thursday, February 13 | 7:30am
Thursday, February 13 | 6:00pm
Thursday, February 13 | 6:30pm
February 18, 2014 | 7:00pm
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