So you rolled through the job fair like a pro, rocked your elevator pitch and left with a deck of business cards from various company reps. Now what?
The job fair was actually just the first step in a longer process.You’ve gotten their attention, now turn that awesome first impression into a consistent pattern of professional, proactive behavior.
So what are the steps?
Apply for the jobs you want. If you haven’t already, seek out the open positions you discussed with the company reps and apply to them online. The company rep you spoke to may have loved you for the position, but he or she may not be in charge of hiring for that position. So to make sure you’re fully considered, go through the typical channels as well.
Send a follow-up email. Thank the rep for their time and let them know that it was a pleasure to speak with them. Make sure you mention your full name, something memorable you may have discussed, and what jobs you’re interested in to refresh their memory. Attach your resumé so they have a digital copy as well.
Remain responsive. The worst thing you can do at this point is fall off the map. If a company rep gets back to you, make sure to respond to each message within 24 hours (tops). Be sure to maintain a professional and courteous tone with each message, consistency is key!
We at Jobcase can’t wait to see our members turn this job fair into the beginning of their next opportunity! So, stay at it and maintain a consistent level of contact with the reps you talked to. Who knows? This may be the start of your next big career move.