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How to Follow-Up After a Job Fair

With many SU students and alumni in attendance, the SU Job/Career Fair was outstanding!  Attendees from variouswhen campuses, of all majors and levels attended with an increased attendance of all who attended.

Now that the job fair is over, what should students and alumni do?

What You Should Do After the Fair?

  • Attendees need to follow up and send thank you's to recruiters they met with. It doesn't matter how you send it or in what form, just make sure you do.  Make sure you send it the day of the fair or at least a day or two after the fair.

To ensure the Fair is an ongoing success, here are some additional tips:

  • Submit your resume to employer websites and/or postings in our Career Connections system, if you haven't already.  Even though you gave the employer a resume at the fair it is still a good idea to post it to their website and in Career Connections.  With your information in Career Connections, employers will be able to find and contact you.
  • Send a Thank You. Some people at the job fair won't. Cite something specific from your interview: "I'm taking your advice about my video clips on the federal employer panel and weeding them down to just one." This will help make you memorable -- and show that you can take good editing.
  • Reflect on your system, your execution, and your results. What might you have done more effectively? Make some initial plans for improvement before the next career fair.
    -How well did I prepare for it?
    -Do I feel like I networked well?
    -Did I give my 30 second elevator speech?
    -What went well?
    -What would I do differently?
    -Did I learn something about myself or a potential employer?
  • Plan to follow up with each recruiter about two weeks after the career fair. Contact them and express your continued interest with the organization, your assurance of your ability to contribute to the organization, and get more information about next steps in the process.
  • Consider developing some sort of system for keeping track of all the recruiters and potential job leads.  Use excel to help you.
    Since you probably networked with several different people, it’s important to stay organized and keep track of all your potential job leads. You’ll want to create a document that keeps track of all the human resource recruiters and representatives you spoke with. Make sure to include their business card information, and any notes you may have jotted down about your discussion. If you didn’t take notes during the career fair, it’s OK to write down some now; it’s important for you to remember points about the conversation. Also, once you’ve applied to a position, update the document with the day you applied.
  • Remember to find other sources of job leads. Career fairs are a good source, but there are many other ways to generate job leads.
  • Finally look for networking contacts that can help you with a particular employer.  The more people that a recruiter hears from the better.
  • Make sure your LinkedIn profile is completed and professional.  If you met with someone at the career fair to review your LinkedIn profile, make sure it is as refined and thorough as can be. Reach out to past employers, supervisors and instructors for recommendations. Then, connect with the company or recruiter via LinkedIn.
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