If you were one of the hundreds of Virginia Tech students who survived the stress of a recent career fair, you may be wondering if there was something else you could have done to stand out.
Career Services always recommends getting a recruiter’s business card at the end of talking with them. This is not only a way for you to contact them in the future, but it’s also a ticket to be a memorable candidate.
The end of the career fair is not the last chance to make strong connections with recruiters.
It is always polite to send a thank-you email. It shows you have real interest in the company.
Don’t be overly eager and email them as soon as you walk away from talking to them. Give yourself some time to formulate a professional thank-you and send it within 48 hours of the fair.
Make sure you include all the important things you want to remind the recruiter about your meeting. Also, keep it short and sweet.
Of course, you want to say thank in your email but also touch on some points you discussed in person. Maybe you talked about a new project the company is working on or an aspect of their internship that you found interesting. Explain in the body of the email how and why you would be a good fit for their company.
Many students think that it is not necessary to email recruiters because they won’t remember them anyways. However, the reason for the thank you is so that they will remember you. It reinforces you and your experience to them.
Overall, it’s just an incredibly nice gesture. They see and talk to so many students in one day, that your email does nothing but help both of you in the long run.
Unfortunately, the process of finding that perfect internship or job doesn’t stop there.
Another important step to take is actually apply for the position.
Most likely you will have to send in an application and then be accepted for an interview.
The career fairs and follow-up are just the first stops on the train ride of finding a job or internship.
But remember career-seeking Hokies to show companies what it means to be a member of the Tech community, which in part entails the courtesy of thanking them for their time and acknowleding their help. Do that, and it will be hard for them to not want to hire you.