How to Follow-Up With Recruiters After the Career Fair

By: Marissa Salway, Director of Staff Relations

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You researched companies, braved the Bryce Jordan Center, connected with a recruiter, maybe even got an interview – now what?

The worst thing that you can do is not follow-up with the recruiter(s) that you spoke with. Recruiters meets hundreds of students at career fairs and it’s impossible for them to remember everyone, even the most memorable candidates.

Here are some tips on how to follow up after a career fair:

  1. Send a follow-up email, thank them for their time, bring up something specific or unique about your conversation to jog their memory, and ask a meaningful question to generate a response– not something you can just find on their website.
  2. Send a personal, handwritten thank-you note. Although this seems old-fashioned, it is a nice personal touch that sets you apart from other candidates. The downside to this tactic is that it’s slower than an email. Therefore, if you want to get in touch ASAP or your message contains time sensitive information, send an email.
  3. Connect with the recruiter on LinkedIn. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, stop reading this and go make one right now. It’s a great way to indirectly update recruiters on what you are doing professionally.
  4. Aim to follow up within 1-2 days of meeting the recruiters, but don’t be discouraged if you exceed that timeframe!
  5. Try and maintain a connection. If you went to a career fair during the fall semester, but are not graduating until the spring it is important to drop an email or note occasionally to touch base. Make sure to only contact them in moderation.

Although it seems daunting or awkward, sending a thank you note could either help broaden your network or even help land a job.

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