I went to the Career Fair. Now what?

1. Thank you notes.
Be sure to send a note of appreciation to the recruiter you spoke to. This is your chance to remind them of your conversation, and to restate your interest in their position and your knowledge of how to apply or the next step.  These can be done by email or regular mail. But do them quickly– 1 -2 days after the fair.  You can include a copy of your resume, especially if you have updated it or added something to it.

2. Use LinkedIn to connect with the company.
Individual recruiters may choose not to connect to students but some will. Either way, definitely link to and follow the company’s page to keep up on news and announcements from that company.

3. TwitterTwitter is where it’s at folks.  Twitter is growing faster and faster everyday, and businesses are effectively using this tool.  Job seekers are making a huge mistake by not taking advantage of Twitter.  Follow a potential employer’s Twitter feed.  Many companies have a special account just for their career division.  A number of recruiters have Twitter accounts themselves.  What a great way to share information.

4. Cover Letters:  I would be remiss if I did not mention the good ole Cover Letter.  Anytime you send a resume to a potential employer, you should include a cover letter.  Followup with recruiters after a Career Fair by resending your resume and cover letter.  While many will tell you they never read cover letters, many do.  It’s not worth it to try and guess who does and doesn’t read cover letters, so just write the letter.

5. Other company representatives:  Believe it or not, your booth visits at Career Fair can really pay off when reaching out to other representatives of the company.  Use the story as a lead in for cover letters, conversations or interviews to show your effort in connecting with an employer.

For more ideas and assistance, be sure to contact our Career Services Office in the Susquehanna Building, 948-6260, or ask4careeradvice@psu.edu

The above ideas are adapted from Cynthia Billington, Associate Director for MBA Career Education and Advising at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School, who has shared the ideas on her career blog,” Keepin’ It Real.”

Cynthia Billington, CPCC/CPRW, is the Associate Director for MBA Career Education and Advising with the Graduate Business Career Services at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. – – See more at: http://maysblogs.tamu.edu/careermanagement/2013/09/18/career-fair-followup-tips/?goback=%2Egde_59747_member_27486409

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