So you made it through the Hawk Career Fair – phew! Take a deep breath; the hardest part is over with. The only thing left to do is follow up with employers.
It seems like many students forget or disregard this step, which can hurt them in the long run. I’ve developed five post-career fair tips that can help you stand above the rest. You don’t have to complete all of these steps. Only do what you feel is comfortable and appropriate.
Send Employers a Thank-You E-mail
Do you ever notice how nice it is when someone thanks you for your time or service? Pay it forward, and thank the employers you talked to at the career fair for their time. Over 100 employers took time out of their day to attend this fair. Many employers do this annually, and even more travel to other college campuses to present at more career fairs. If you send them a quick e-mail, chances are, they will remember you. They might even jot down your name or e-mail address to remember it when you interview for them!
E-mailing an employer is an easy way to get recognized and to be remembered. Ideally, you should send this e-mail 24 after the interview or career fair, but, better late than never!
Connect With the Employer on LinkedIn
Did you have a great conversation with one of the employers? Did you network with another student or staff member? Connect with them on LinkedIn! LinkedIn is a powerful tool to use when searching for a job, and the more connections you have, the better (that is, if you personally know all of your connections!).
Tweet at the Employer or Company
If you don’t know that using Twitter to help you get a job, then I don’t know what rock you’ve been living under. Twitter might be the next best thing, under LinkedIn, of course, to help with your career path. If you’re active on Twitter, tweet about your experience at the Hawk Career Fair. Tweet to the companies you’re interested in, tweet at the employers you talked to, tweet about the positive things you experienced at the career fair, and tweet about where you see yourself in a few years! (Just don’t overdo it!) Employers will see the positive energy you elude about their company, and they will love it.
Got an Interview? Celebrate! (And Prepare!)
Some employers at the Hawk Career Fair will invite you to be interviewed with them when you talk to them. Some won’t, and that is okay. Every company has a different way of hiring and conducting interviews. If you do get an interview, make sure you prepare for it! Their first impression of you at the career fair was great, now make sure you shine in your interview!
Create a Pro-Con List
Were there more goodies at this year’s career fair than ever?! I’ve never seen so many pens, stress balls, hand sanitizers, stuffed animals, and food! I hope you snagged just as many business cards as you did free pens, because for this step, you need to sort out all the business cards and write a pro-con list of which companies you liked and which ones you didn’t.
Then, evaluate the pros and cons. Why did you like a certain company? (It better not be because their pens write better than another company’s pens!) What is important to you in a career? This will help you better evaluate where you see yourself working after graduation.
Photo by UWW Career.