Post Connect to Careers: Now What?
You went around to every booth, talked to every employer you could, and even collected some business cards along the way; now what?
As a student we are quickly moving from one thing to the next, but before you’re on to the next, here are some easy tips on how you can make the most of the time you spent attending the CtoC Job Fair.
Reflect on the experience you had at the fair and organize the information you collected there. While you are eating the free bags of chips you picked up, start thinking about who you met at the Fair. Which companies are you most interested in finding more about after speaking with their reps? Was there a recruiter you think you had made a good connection with? This would be a good time to make a list of employers that you would like to follow-up with and the companies you think would be a good fit.
Send a follow up email to the people you made a connection with at the Fair. Try to send your email over the next couple of days and remember to make sure they are free of any errors. Be concise and clear in the email, thank the employer for their time and your continued interest in the company. Also provide some additional information about yourself, your skills and why you think you would be a good fit with the company.
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is polished and professional. If you had a photo taken at the event, upload it and update all of your accomplishments. Now that you have reached out to an employer through email, they have the necessary information to check out your profile on LinkedIn (you may even want to include your personalized LinkedIn URL in your email signature). Try not to overlook the importance of LinkedIn; it’s a great way to emphasize your skill-set.
Maintain the connection. Touch base with the company or recruiter a few weeks after your initial contact to show that you are still invested in the company and would like the opportunity to work for them in the future. The perseverance is recommended by professionals in the business, but if they don’t respond after a couple emails, its probably time to move on!
These are my tips, but I encourage you to reach out to the staff at the SSC and talk to them about their tips post career fair! Drop-in advising is available Tuesday – Thursday from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and the office is located in Gilmour Hall 110.
About the Author
Taylor Noble blogged for the Student Success Centre from 2015 to 2016.