ICF Tip #8: 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.
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.
On a final note, if you downloaded the ICF app, please fill out the survey available on there. You’ll be able to let us know what you liked about the fair and how we could improve for next year.
(Please RSVP via iCareers for any iSchool events you plan to attend, unless otherwise noted.)
2/1: Negotiation Workshop; 12:30 – 1:20pm, BLD 070
Learn how to successfully negotiate salary and other aspects of a job offer. Session led by former iSchool career adviser Janet Matta.
2/8: Workday Virtual Information Session; 12:30 – 1:45pm, MGH 258
Representatives from Workday will be hosting an information session via Zoom. Topics will include the company’s technology and organizational culture, and the session will end with a Q&A panel. Workday will also be providing breakfast that morning. RSVP here.
2/8: International Student Panel; 5:00 – 6:00pm, HUB 337
Join a panel of international iSchool alumni who will talk about strategies they used to land their jobs and share recommendations for making your own job search successful.
UW Career & Internship Center
2/1: Intel InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, MGH 134
2/3: Literary Career Day; 11:00am – 4:00pm, Seattle Central Library
2/5: U.S. Job Search for International Students; 3:30 – 4:20pm, MGH 134
2/6: Getting Started: Finding Internships; 1:30 – 2:00pm, MGH 134
2/6: Alibaba Group InfoSession; 5:30 – 7:30pm, HUB 332
Top job/internship opportunities
- Open Data Summer Internships, UW Information School; iCareers ID 7184
- Digital Innovation Intern – Competitive Intelligence, Disney Parks and Resorts Digital; iCareers ID 7206
- Content Developer – Intern, GoDaddy; iCareers ID 7186
- Product Design Intern, Wish; HuskyJobs ID 122986
- Archives of American Gardens Internship, Smithsonian Gardens; iCareers ID 7166
- People Planning Analyst, Facebook; iCareers ID 7169
- Crowdsourcing Engineer, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence; iCareers ID 7203
- Business Systems Analyst – Core Data Management; HuskyJobs ID 123010
- Undergraduate Services Librarian, Washington State University Libraries; iCareers ID 7168
- Online Experience Coordinator, Whatcom County Library System; iCareers ID 7187