The Absolutely Critical Last Step of the Job Fair
As it is in any other part of the job search, the critical last step is follow-up! Yet, sadly, very few students ever follow-up. Make sure you are the one who stands out in the crowd. First, call the office number on the business card of the person with whom you met. They will obviously be out of the office, but they likely will be checking messages that evening. So ask to be put through to voicemail, where you will leave a personal thank you. Then send a thank you card by e-mail to confirm your ongoing interest. What to say? Keep it short and sweet. But make sure you include the following topics:
- Thanks for taking time to meet with me today . . .
- Here is why I feel I would be an outstanding employee for your company . . .
- I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you further . . .
- I will call you next week to arrange a time when we can meet and further discuss how my skills can benefit your organization . . .
Then make sure you do in fact call when you said you would. Again, very few follow through to this step, so you will be head and shoulders above the crowd at this point, and very likely the one they choose to go on to the next step.
No job offers will be made at the job fair. But if you perform at your very best and follow through on all the steps, you may be on your way toward the final interview at the company site.