Advice and templates on how to follow up with recruiters in a way that will get you the job.
Follow ups are as important as first impressions.
Career fairs can be overwhelming cluster-f*cks, but if you play your cards right at a job fair, you will walk away with a real chance at finding a job you love.
The secret? Follow up. While everyone remembers to bring a resume and business card, very few people follow up with the recruiters they met. This is especially important now that networking events have gone virtual and it's harder to make a personal connection, let alone a lasting impression.
So how do you to it?
Sometimes, this will be provided during the hiring fair: you can pick up a business card in person. In a virtual environment, however, you might be out of luck. Here are our tips on how to source an email address:
Once you have their contact info, you can move onto the next step: reaching out.
Understandably, recruiters drown in emails after a job fair, and it only gets worse as the application deadline draws near. Speed is key here, lest your email ends up at the bottom of their inbox.
Writing a well-crafted career fair follow up email will move you to the front of the line for a job interview. But how do you write an email that makes you stand out to the recruiter?
Here are a few points that warrant further advice...
Harsh truth: just because you wrote an email doesn't mean they're going to open it. This is especially true if the recruiter gets overwhelmed with demand.
“Interested in X role [Career Fair Name]”
“Virtual Career Fair Opportunity with [Company Name]”
“Loved meeting you at [Career Fair Name]”
“Continuing our conversation from [Career Fair]”
The career fair follow up email should be short and sweet. Think of it as more of a thank you email than a cover letter. Writing an email like this is meant to re-affirm your interest in the company and help get you in touch with the hiring manager, not tell your life story. Stay to the point to keep the process moving.
Career coaches recommend show gratitude for the recruiter's time and effort in the follow-up email, as this helps make a better impression, and ultimately build a personal connection. Don't skip on this step!
Be polite in your email but don't over-do it. Thanking them once is enough and you definitely want to be careful to not come across as overly-grateful (that can translate to being seen as overly- desperate). A great place to include this is both in your email subject line and in your closing.
“It was a pleasure to speak with you at [Career Fair ]”
“I was very much obliged to meet you at [Job Fair]”
“Thank you for taking the time to speak with me at [Career Fair], and I am looking forward to connecting with you on what open roles would be a fit.”
Here are a few email templates to have in your back pocket. Keep them handy during the job fair so you can quickly follow up afterwards and have a leg up in your job search.
Loved Meeting you at [Career Fair Name]
Loved meeting you at [Job Fair] today. I took a quick look at your open roles and I'm very interested in [Role Name]. I am currently [describe why you're a fit] and I am very interested in exploring this further. Would love to connect with the hiring manager for the role, if you think I'd be a good fit.
Thank you for your help,
Touching base after [Job Fair]
We spoke yesterday at the career fair at [Company Name]. I was thrilled to learn you have open roles in engineering. [Company name] has been my dream company for awhile and I think I'm a very strong fit for your team because [talk about your interest or qualifications].
I really appreciate the 1:1 time you spent with me during the event, especially seeing how many job seekers there were. I look forward to connecting soon! My information is attached.
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