First things first, a big thank you to all of the employers and amazing students who came out to the Career Fair yesterday. The room was alive and you could tell there was some serious networking going on. But just like any networking event meeting and talking with people is just one small component - it is the follow up that really takes it to the next level. With that being said, this is to all the students out there who met with any employers…
Sending a follow up letter or email message reiterates your interest in the organization and serves as a reminder of who you are to a busy recruiter who met with many candidates during the event. Here are some simple tips with writing a solid thank you note:
1. Be prompt.
If the the Career Fair was yesterday that means you should send a follow up note TODAY. Now there is the great debate over email vs. handwritten notes. My gut, send an email right away and if you want to do handwritten note because you are a romantic (which I am), then send BOTH. The last thing you want is for the employer to not get your note for some reason. I have heard a ton of horror stories about hand written notes never making it the employer…. You don’t want this to you be you.
2. Keep this basic structure.
Paragraph 1: Remember it is a THANK YOU note, so be sure to express your gratitude.
“Thanks for taking the time to meet with me at the career fair on Thursday. I really appreciated hearing more about the internship program with XYZ company. ”
Paragraph 2: Sell yourself. This is your opportunity reiterate why you’re a perfect candidate for the job. What experience/skills or abilities can you bring to the company?
Paragraph 3: Reinforce your interest in the position and the company, and let the recruiter know you’d welcome further discussions.
3. Keep it short, sweet, and personal.
Thank you notes shouldn’t be much longer than 2 -3 paragraphs. Think of this letter as another way to show you communication skills – a solid written and succient letter is proof you are able to articulate your ideas in a digestible manor. It is also important to address specific points that you and recruiter discussed.
4. Avoid spelling & grammatical errors.
OK, this is a no brainer… Read over your email and make sure it is perfect.
5. Be Confident (& humble)
Moral of this point, do not come off as desperate. When it comes to the hiring process recruiters don’t show pity for desperate people. They want to hire people who are confident, collected, and capable.
Assistant Director, Career Planning Center