The Importance of Thank You Notes

(As published in the Ticker,

 By Mahir Khan, Peer for Career

The benefits of sending a thank you note are numerous because there are many things you are conveying to your potential employer. By sending a thank you note, you are leaving a positive impression with the recruiter, highlighting important skills you possess, and reminding them once again why you would be an outstanding recruit for their company.

Thank you notes should be utilized frequently, whether it is sent after an interview or following a networking event or speaker presentation.  They can be a valuable opportunity to ask for additional contacts within the company that may be able to speak with you, furthering your networking efforts.  In this way, a thank you note may provide you with your next informational or professional interview.

Sometimes there is confusion around whether thank you notes should be emailed or sent in the mail. While sending a thank you note by mail is more personal, email has the enormous advantage of being instantaneous.  This is important because it is always advised to have the letter sent within 24 – 48 hours.

What To Do After a Career Fair

(As originally published in the Ticker, 9/8)

By Yahya Khan, Peer for Career

A career fair is a wonderful opportunity to connect with organizations and network before the fall recruiting season kicks into high gear. The following are a few tips to keep in mind after your visit to a career fair:

1. Follow up with a Thank You email: Sending a succinct thank you email will make you memorable to recruiters and professionals and lay the foundation for a long lasting relationship. It is important to be courteous in the email and mention something unique that was discussed so that the receiver is left with a favorable impression and remembers who you were.

2. Attend information sessions/networking events: Several information sessions and networking events will be held on campus as the fall recruiting season progresses. It is important to attend these in order to learn more about different companies and the opportunities they offer, and to match your face to a resume. By showing up at several events and asking insightful questions, students can stand out from their peers and elevate their chances of receiving a first round interview slot.












Welcome Back: Three Career Tips for the Fall Season

(As originally published in the Ticker, 8/25/14)

By Soobin Choi, Peer for Career

Welcome Bearcats! Summer vacation is over and classes are starting. Spend this semester exploring which industry is right for you. The first step is to prepare for the upcoming CPA Fair and Career Day. Gaining hands-on experience will surely let you know if you are a fit for the industry.

How can you prepare? Here are three tips.

1) Update your profile on STARR Search. Make sure to upload your updated resume and unofficial transcript. Also be sure to update your year and GPA. Certain workshops and job opportunities show up on STARR Search based on your academic year, so it is imperative that you maintain the most recent information.

2) Research. Under the ‘Events’ tab on STARR Search, choose ‘Career Fairs’ which lists participating organizations. Thoroughly research the company and positions available. On the day of the career fair, you will be prepared to answer and also ask any specific questions. Recruiters will note your passion towards their company.

3) Don’t forget to follow up. Thank you notes! After a brief talk with a recruiter, ask for his business card. Right after the conversation, jot down what you discussed. Making a note on the business card will trigger your memory when writing a thank you note. Include what you discussed with the recruiter and what you can bring to the company, showing your interest and why they should consider you.

Enjoy and good luck!