We had an excellent turn out at our International Career Fair(ICF) ! We received a lot of good feedback from job seekers and companies alike.
Now that the career fair is over, what’s next? Your job has just begun! The following advice will help you follow up with hiring companies after any career fair:
- Follow through. At our career fair, we had panel discussions with industry experts, resume editing services, plus HR and Legal consultants to answer your questions and offer helpful tips and advice. Now that the event is over, follow through on any advice or suggestions you received immediately. What can you do today to follow the advice you were given? The longer you wait, the less likely you are to actually take the advice.
- Polish your LinkedIn profile. A great way to stay connected to the recruiters that you met at the job fair will be to add them on LinkedIn. Many recruiters post new job openings on their LinkedIn feed, and you’ll want to be able to see those. Update your profile with experience from your resume, and make sure you have a professional profile picture.
- Organize, organize, organize! It may feel like you will remember that one recruiter with the great job lead. Don’t count on it. As early as possible after the career fair, write notes on business cards and flyers you picked up from recruiting companies. What did you talk about? What stood out? These notes will help you nail your follow up email.
- Follow up. Send a thank you note to all the recruiters you spoke to, even if you aren’t applying for their company. A thank you note will help you to stand out, and stay in their minds when they hear of future opportunity. Mention something you and the recruiter spoke about at the event. They probably talked to hundreds of candidates that day, so you need to include something in your email that will help them remember if you. Thank them for their time and their advice, and say something nice about their company. If there is a job you are applying for, mention the job and what qualities or experience make you a great fit.
- Go the second mile. In addition to sending an email, send a quick thank you note by mail. Taking the time to send a hand-written note will leave a lasting impression. You could also reach out to recruiters through Twitter or Instagram to say thank you to them and their company for their participation and time at the event.
- Go to more events. Learning to communicate with recruiters takes practice. Keep going to events as often as possible to get more feedback on your resume and elevator pitch. Meet as many people as you can and grow your network on LinkedIn.
Were you at the International Career Fair hosted by HG Plus? If you were, we want to hear about your experience! Leave us a comment below. If you were not able to attend the International Career Fair, feel free to apply for some of the jobs posted on our blog.