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?
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Now more than ever as we head back into the world this is THE best time to reach out to friends, acquaintances, old co-workers, managers and those you know!
Well because according to CNBC, 80% of jobs are filled through personal and professional connections!!
As it turns out you never know who can help you land that next opportunity. Start by reaching out with a simple hello, no agenda needed and see where the conversation takes you.
Learn more about how to revive those old connections!
Meeting new people at a hiring event or interview can be AWKWARD and uncomfortable, but it doesn't need to be!
Instead of just staying silent during your next job fair or interview during your first encounter SPEAK UP and let your voice be heard.
By building a rapport with the employers before getting into the nitty-gritty details of the job it can give you a major competitive edge over other candidates!
Plus it will feel more like a friendly conversation which can certainly help calm those nerves and build greater #connections. You can also use this information later on when following up.
Try these conversation starters out during your next job fair, interview or networking event!
It's a pleasure to meet you. How was your weekend (or how has your week been)? This demonstrates to the interviewer that you're confident, proactive, and friendly. Make sure to smile!
What was the most pleasantly surprising thing about working at (Company name) you learned once you were on the job? It's a good idea to keep the conversation focused on the employer and their positive experiences with working at the company.
What's the most memorable thing that has happened to you since joining the company? This will show you are a positive person and care about others as well as help you feel out what the culture is like.
I read a really great article this morning on the way over here today. Discuss it a little if it connects to the company and if the employer seems interested, continue, if not gracefully move on.
What's one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you've worked on? Employers will LOVE the chance to reflect and respond on what it is they’ve worked on or are currently working on. This will also provide further insight into what they are doing now in the company, as well as give them a chance to talk about their own accomplishments. You can chime in and make that connection as well if something they say resonates!
What is it about (company name) that you love the most? This will tell you what the employer cares about but also what makes the company special.
Remember to keep bringing it back to the interviewer/company and your interest in it!
You've got this!!
Now that we are all heading slowly back into the world you maybe spending time at career events or job fairs or thinking about attending them.
Connecting with others is SO crucial during events like these. You just never know how someone you meet (even unrelated to your career path) can help you out later down the road!
Check out these 4 ways to make a real connection while you network from the Muse!
Wondering how to add connections here on Jobcase?
Learn more about this and the importance of connections.
Connecting with others can be TOUGH, but especially so when you are an introvert.
Being social for an introverted individual feels more like a chore than a helpful tool.
Learn more about how to genuinely connect with others.
Take a moment to hear Dr. Palma speak about why making connections matters. She is a strong believer in the power of human #connections, and discusses why communicating and engaging with others is meaningful in the workplace. It's a great talk!
Then, why not connect with others right here on Jobcase? To connect with fellow members, first head to their profile so you can read more about them, if you decide they'd be a good connection click the blue "connect" button near their name!!
It's that simple!
Connecting with others helps us become stronger overall, especially at work!
Building strong relationships at work requires things like:
When you form connections you are creating a stronger and healthier work environment for yourself and those around you!
Learn more about how to add your connections here on Jobcase!
Would YOU connect with your co-workers?
For any social media platform, whether it be for personal or business reasons, it's a good idea to update your profile picture from time to time! Having an updated, clear profile photo is important for a handful of reasons:
If you find yourself scrolling through the Jobcase community and you suddenly see someone that is REALLY inspiring or interesting, go ahead and click on their name!
This will take you directly to their profile so you can read more about them. If you still like what you see feel free to click the blue “Connect” button under their name.
Just know that connecting is a two-way street so they must accept your invitation to connect.
You can check in to see who has already connected with you as well as those who wish to connect in the connections section of your profile.