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Job fairs can be a great place to connect with several potential employers at once. The only problem is, these events often attract several hundred — or even thousands — of other job seekers with the same end goal as you.

Since competition can be intense, it’s important to follow up properly, so you can stay on top of recruiters’ minds. Here are a few tips to help you continue to make a great impression after the event.

Follow Up Fast

When it comes to reaching out to a recruiter after a job fair, the sooner, the better. Chances are, their inboxes are going to be inundated with messages from candidates just like you, so try to be one of the first. This increases the chances they’ll remember you and allows you to catch them before their eyes are glazing over from reading all the follow-up emails. Reach out within 24 hours, but try to send your message even faster.

Get to the Point

Recruiters don’t have time to read a manifesto — especially when their inboxes are flooded with messages after a job interview. Increase your chances of having your entire email read by keeping it short and sweet. Mention something that makes you memorable — i.e., a shared alma mater — to help them put a face to your name and briefly reiterate your interest in the position. They’ll appreciate the note, and not having to skim through a long email to gather your main points.

Maintain a Professional Tone

If you’re not careful, email is a form of communication that can easily take an informal turn. Despite the electronic nature of the message, it’s still a business letter, and should be treated as one. Refer to the hiring manager as “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” and keep all language professional — i.e., don’t use lol or other popular text acronyms. No matter how well you connected with the recruiter, it’s important to remember they’re someone you want to impress to get hired.

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