ICF Tip #11: The Follow-Up
With ICF now over, you hopefully have a new network of professional contacts. We recommend following up on any potential leads fairly quickly. If there was a recruiter with whom you connected particularly well, or an opportunity that really sparked your interest, send a brief thank-you note.
The note should restate your interest and summarize your relevant qualifications. Try also to reference specific parts of your ICF conversation. Not only will that help jog the recruiter’s memory (they likely talked to hundreds of students), it’ll also show that you’re not just sending a generic note to everyone you saw at the fair — that your interest in that particular company is genuine.
Additionally, if a recruiter asked you to send them supplemental materials, include those in the follow-up. Similarly, if any job or internship opportunities you discussed are accepting applications, apply to those before reaching back out, and then let the point of contact know you’ve done so.
This Friday is a good target date for sending out follow-up messages (if you haven’t done so already). Check out this example for additional help.
On a final note, if you didn’t get a recruiter’s contact info but would still like to follow up, you have a couple options. iCareers has a list of contacts for every company that has posted a job—scanning those might yield some results. And if you remember the recruiter’s name but just didn’t get an email address, you can always use LinkedIn to send a personalized, professional message. We unfortunately don’t have a list of all the company representatives that attended.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool event you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
2/6: Leadership in the LIS Field; 6:00-7:00pm, Online
Leadership is a universally sought after train in potential hires. Join an online panel of professionals to hear what leadership looks like in the LIS field.
2/7: Academic Library Job Search; 12:30-1:30pm, MGH 258
Interested in working at an academic library? Alycia will explain how the job search differs from others and provide tips on securing a position.
2/8: MLIS New Grad Panel; 6:00-7:00pm, Online
Hear from a panel of recent MLIS graduates about their experience searching for jobs and what it’s like in their new positions.
Career & Internship Center
2/6: TASER International InfoSession; 5:30-7:30pm, MGH 134
2/7: Exploring: Creative Arts & Design Careers; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134
2/7: PetSmart InfoSession; 5:30-7:30pm, MGH 134
2/8: Nordstrom presents Dress for Success: Internship Fair Edition; 12:30-1:20pm, MGH 134
2/8: Exploring: Education, Non-Profits & Social Justice Careers; 3:30-4:00pm, MGH 134
Top job/internship opportunities:
- GIS Software Development Intern, City of Seattle; HuskyJobs ID 111431
- Informational Technology Intern, Allen Institute; HuskyJobs ID 111406
- Associate Data & Analytics Positions, KPMG; iCareers IDs 5740, 5741, 5742
- Data Standards Coordinator, Fred Hutch; iCareers ID 5719
- Data Analyst, iSpot.tv; iCareers ID 5721
- Archivist & Special Collections Librarian, University of Puget Sound; iCareers ID 5724
- Youth Services Librarian, Washington County (OR); iCareers ID 5733