Did you know most EVERY university hosts their fall career fairs between the last week in September and the first week of November? It’s true! As campus recruiters, we turn into road warriors during this time each year, traveling from school to school in search of top talent. Now that we’re in mid-November and past the chaos of career fair season, let the interviewing commence! At this very moment, recruiters across the country are finally back in their offices, weeding through hundreds of resumes and trying to decide which soon-to-be graduates will begin interviewing with their company.
What does this mean for you? This is the PERFECT window of time for you to follow up with that recruiter you met at the Career Fair a few weeks ago. If you were smart, you’ve already sent them an email or even better- a personal note of thanks via snail mail. We love getting those! But even if you slacked off and forgot to do your post-career fair follow up, all is not lost.
Do these three professionally productive things over break to set yourself apart from the hundreds of other students you’ll be competing against to get that dream job of yours.
1.) Take all those business cards you got from the recruiters at the Career Fair and send them a personal follow up email. (Even if you did this right after the fair!) We love persistence. It shows you have drive and determination. Even if we didn’t get back to you initially, chances are if you write us a personalized email explaining why you’re a good fit for the role, we’ll give you a call! Don’t forget to attach an updated copy of your resume.
2.) Schedule “Informational Interviews” at your top three companies over Thanksgiving Break. What do I mean by Informational Interview? Maybe you aren’t graduating until next May, but now is the best time to make connections with recruiters or hiring managers! Go on LinkedIn, find someone that has a title you want to have within 3 years after graduating and call or email them asking if you can stop by over your break to learn more about what it is they do. An easy population to connect with is other people that went to your alma mater! Use the filter search feature on LinkedIn to find alumni and use that common ground to ease into asking for 30 minutes of their time to come in and learn more about their company. Boom. You just got your foot in the door and now that person in the Marketing department is your bud and will be sending your resume over to HR for review.
3.) Are you graduating in the next 3-9 months? It’s NEVER too early to begin the application process. The closer to graduation you get, the more hectic life is going to get. Finals, exams, internships, interviewing, major life decisions, etc. Use the holiday break time to write your cover letters, tailor your resumes to each job you are applying for, post your resume to online job boards, update your LinkedIn profile, and do your company research. Do yourself a favor and take care of the annoying admin tasks of applying for jobs when you have this little break. Your future self will thank you come graduation time!We look forward to keeping in touch with those of you who have met us at a career fair this fall. If you’d like to hear more tips for following up with employers, our Campus Recruiting team will host a Tweet Chat (#VCTChat) this Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 3pm EST. If you tweet, follow @VocusCareers and @LindseyBradsher using #VCTChat to join the conversation!