If you attended a job fair or had an interview within the last 1-3 days it's time to follow up!
Doing so lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are (they met a lot of people), your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along.
So let’s take a look at how following up works:
Send your follow-up at least 1-3 business days after the event.
Don't just reach out to anyone, makes sure it's the right person! Whether you jotted down the employer’s email address in a notebook, found it on the website, or have a business card it's important to directly contact the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address it to them) you will avoid your follow-up being lost in the shuffle.
You can follow up with a call, email, or thank you card. Email is typically suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts. However, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly and have one on hand!
Make sure it’s personal. Remember that employers have likely met and spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you right off the bat. If you had a good conversation during the interview, make note of something you discussed and mention it in your follow-up.
Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging #connections! Be sure to explain how excited you would be to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.
A follow-up is a great way to include those final things you may have neglected to mention at the job fair so make sure not to forget to take the time to do so.
Do you usually follow-up after an interview or job fair?