We hope you had a successful experience at yesterday’s NYU Fall Job & Internship Fair. However, making the most of a career fair doesn’t end when the event is over. The career fair is only the first step in establishing connections with recruiters and pursuing job and internship opportunities. Don’t miss out on potential opportunities by assuming they will contact you.
Follow up with employers after the career fair. Send a thank you email or make a follow up phone call shortly after the career fair, and remember to send any materials that have been requested of you (i.e., resume, cover letter, etc.)
Be respectful and polite. Politeness and respect are key to cultivating a meaningful relationship with recruiters. Remember to be courteous in all of your professional communication.
Be mindful of the recruiter’s time. While it is important to follow up with recruiters, be careful not to become a pest. Get on a recruiter’s good side by being respectful of their time and not taking too much of it. Recruiters are busy people and candidates who follow up too frequently will be considered unprofessional. If you do not hear back from a recruiter, call them once and leave a message only once emphasizing how interested you are in the position. If you do not hear back, assume you have not been selected for an interview.
Treat your conversations with recruiters like you would any interview. Avoid falling into the trap of taking your conversation with a recruiter too casually. Be prepared for your follow up conversation just as you would be prepared for an interview. Know how to market yourself and be prepared with informed questions.