5 Examples of a Follow Up Email After a Career Fair (2023)

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Career fairs are an excellent way for those looking for a job or career opportunity to connect with recruiters. But what about when you need to send a follow-up email after the career fair? Career fairs themselves are fairly easy to go to, but there are some extra measures one will need to take after a job fair to really seal the deal. The most important thing to do after a job fair is to write a follow-up email to send to your recruiter.

Let’s take a lot at what career fairs entail and how to write the perfect follow up letter, plus a few examples to get your creative juices flowing.

What Is A Career Fair?

A career fair or job fair is an organized event in which job recruiters meet and talk with potential employees. Job fairs are often held in businesses or at universities. While at a fair, potential employees can ask any questions they want for recruiters and exchange contact information.

After a successful conversation with a recruiter, be sure to ask for their business card or brochure so you can contact them afterward.

Optimization For Your Follow Up Email

After the job fair is over, you’ll want to pen a follow-up email to your recruiter. You can do this a day or two after the fair, but sooner is definitely better than later.

Optimizing your follow up email is key. A plain, unremarkable email will not do. You can do this by remembering events that took place at the career fair itself. Look back at the conversations you had with the recruiter. Did you share a similar hobby? Did you both find something humorous? Briefly mention it in your email so that your recruiter can hone in on exactly who you were.

Furthermore, it’s wise to keep this in mind when you’re at the job fair. Make an impression on the recruiters you meet, even if it’s something small.

Jogging The Recruiter’s Memory

We mentioned above that jogging your recruiter’s memory is key, but you might want to go even further in your email. This is especially so if the career fair was particularly massive and many people likely spoke with your recruiter.

To really ensure that the recruiter remembers you, find ways to recall their memory. You can mention something you wore, something you said, or something you did during the conversation that your recruiter would remember. It may seem strange to include this, but your recruiter will be glad that you took the time to make things a bit easier on them.

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How To Follow Up With A Recruiter After A Career Fair

The general process for following up with a recruiter after the fair is as follows:

  • Make an accurate assessment of how well the conversation went and whether or not the company aligns with what you’re looking for.
  • Use the recruiter’s business card to find their contact information. Usually, this will include their email address.
  • Use the tips and examples below to write your follow up email.
  • If you don’t hear from the recruiter within a week, send another briefer follow-up email. Make sure to remain polite, even though it can be annoying to be ghosted by a recruiter.
  • Once they get back to you, schedule a phone interview or in-person interview.

It would be wise to do this with as many recruiters you met at the career fair as possible or at the very least the recruiters for companies that you were extremely interested in.

Writing a follow-up email after a job fair isn’t too difficult of a task. With a few tips and examples, your email will be perfect and attention-grabbing.

Tips For Writing A Follow Up Email

Here are a few tips for writing the perfect follow up email after a job fair:

  • Make sure your subject line is straightforward to read. Try something like “Re: Career Fair Opportunity” or “Thanks for the conversation at [the job fair name]!” Please keep it simple but also pinpoint that you’re following up with the recruiter.
  • Make the email fairly brief, but not so short that it loses meaning. You’ll want to pack as much relevant information as possible into the email, but it is important not to rant.
  • Make sure to gather any information you’ll need to give your recruiter. This can include your resume, CV, cover letter, list of references, proof of university attendance, etc.
  • Make sure to include your own contact information, including your email, phone, social accounts (if applicable), and anything else that could be useful for your recruiter to have.
  • Always include a genuine “thank you” statement at the beginning and also at the end of the email as well.
  • Proofread multiple times if necessary. You want to come off as professional and experienced in this email.

Pro tip: NACE’s Job Outlook Survey performed in 2019 mentioned that the three key skills employers want to see as part of their resume (especially for recent college graduates) are communication skills (written and verbal), problem-solving skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

Let’s take a look at some excellent follow-up email templates and examples that you can use when crafting your personalized email to your recruiter.

5 Example Follow Up Emails To Send After A Career Fair (Samples)

These examples can be excellent templates or inspiration for when you write your own post-job fair email:

Example one

Hi [Recuiter]. It’s [your name], and we met yesterday at [name of career fair or business where it was held]. I know your inbox is probably getting many incoming messages from other applicants, but I just wanted to thank you for talking with me today. As I mentioned yesterday, I would be ecstatic to get a chance for an interview for the [position name] position you’re currently looking to fill. I believe that my skills are strongly in line with your requirements for this position. My experience in [relevant skill] would be advantageous when developing new strategies for [the company name] we had discussed. Let me know if you’d like any additional information from me. I also attached my resume, just in case you need it. Thanks again, and I hope to hear from you soon!

Example two

Hey [Recruiter]. I really enjoyed talking with you and learning more about [company name] at [name of job fair or business where it was held] this week. As we discussed, I'm very interested in [position name] and would love an opportunity to intern or co-operate with [company name]. I have officially applied for the position via your company website, as you recommended, and I have attached my CV to this email for your reference. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you again for sharing your time and knowledge at the career fair!

Example three

Dear [Recruiter], Thank you for taking the time to talk with me at [job fair name or where it took place] today. I have been interested in [company name] for several months now, and I appreciated learning more from you about the training program and its plans to expand. As I mentioned during our brief conversation, through my recent internship with [internship name], I gained a substantial understanding of the product development process. I contributed to various steps between [product development step] and [another product development step]. From the research I completed before the job fair and the information you shared with me, I am convinced [company name] would be an ideal fit. My resume is attached to this email, and I have also uploaded it to [company website] for your review. I would love the opportunity to talk with you again and meet other members of your staff. I am open to moving to any of the locations currently hiring for this position. Thanks again for attending the career fair at [job fair location] and talking with me about your current opportunities. I hope to speak with you again soon!

Example four

Hey there [Recruiter]. I wanted to thank you again for taking the time to speak with me today at [career fair or where it was held]. The [industry name] industry has interested me for quite a while now, and it was a real pleasure to learn more about [company name] and its mission. I found [position name] quite interesting, and I really enjoyed hearing about [project or event they mentioned at the fair]. In particular, we spoke about internships within [company name]’s [department name] department in the coming year. I think I would be a perfect fit for one of these positions due to my extensive experience working in [industry name]. I would love to know what you think the best next step is for me to get on board! I also really enjoyed talking about [mention a personal anecdote or something that you discussed]. Thanks again for your time.

Example five

Hi [Recruiter]. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me about the [job position] with [the relevant business]. After speaking with you, I believe that I would be an excellent candidate for this position. I’d offer the [a relevant skill] and [another relevant skill] you need for such a specific position. In addition to my passion for performance and growth, I would bring the [a third relevant skill or attribute] necessary to get the job done. I look forward to speaking with you or chatting via email once the final decisions are made regarding this position. Please feel free to contact me at any time if further information is needed, such as references, certificates, etc. Thank you again for your time and consideration!

Pro tip: Career Fair Plus recommends that at your next career fair in order to stand out, consider your body language. Master a firm handshake. Master your 30-second elevator pitch describing your experience and accomplishments. Make strong eye contact with recruiters.

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author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW), NCDA Certified Career Counselor (CCC), and general career expert. Patrick has completed the NACE Coaching Certification Program (CCP). And has been published as a career expert on Forbes, Glassdoor, American Express, Reader's Digest, LiveCareer, Zety, Yahoo, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, SHRM.org, Process.st, FairyGodBoss, HRCI.org, St. Edwards University, NC State University, IBTimes.com, Thrive Global, TMCnet.com, Work It Daily, Workology, Career Guide, MyPerfectResume, College Career Life, The HR Digest, WorkWise, Career Cast, Elite Staffing, Women in HR, All About Careers, Upstart HR, The Street, Monster, The Ladders, Introvert Whisperer, and many more. Find him on LinkedIn.

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