I went to the career fair, now what?

Maybe this was your first career fair – maybe it wasn’t. Either way, don’t lose a valuable opportunity to enhance that first impression. Follow up! Did you have a good conversation with a recruiter? Were you interested in learning more about an opportunity that was mentioned? Not interested? Follow up on those too – recruiters talk and recruiters move. Making an impression on someone will go a long way.

Networking? Wait. Career fairs are networking? Yes. Every employer you meet is a networking opportunity. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it’s a chance to build your network. You never know where you’ll be in a few years – or where they’ll be. Maybe they’ll take a job with a company you’re interested in 3 years from now. You can reference that you met them. They may or may not remember you (if you follow-up, they stand a better chance of remembering you), but will appreciate that you remember meeting them.

What do you say/how to follow-up? A quick email will suffice, or you can send (as in snail mail) an old-fashioned thank you note. A simple, quick note to the person you met who might have a position you’re interested in will go a long way. Reference your conversation, what you like about the position discussed and why you feel you’d be a good fit – briefly. Not particularly interested in the company or position? Try “Thanks for your time;” “it was nice meeting you;” “glad you came to UConn;” etc.). You just never know when your paths might cross again, and a positive impression will go a long way.

What else? Check HuskyCareerLink for positions posted. If you’re really interested in the position, and don’t hear back from your new contact, reach out again in a couple of weeks. Another quick note to remind them that you’re very interested in what you discussed will show your commitment.

By Lisa McGuire
Lisa McGuire Assistant Director for Corporate Partner Relations Lisa McGuire