Career + experience

After career events

You're participated in a career fair!

Attending a career fair is one step towards cultivating a strong professional network and a career that matters to you. Take time to consider what you learned and what your next steps might be.

  1. Revisit any goals that you set. What went well? Where were you challenged?
  2. What did you learn about your career options and employers or industries of interest?
  3. What would you do differently at your next networking event?

Stay Connected with Employers

As you begin to expand your network, maintaining contact can feel tricky. Ensuring that top employer you introduced yourself to will remember you is going to take a little bit of work. Think about your professional relationships in a similar way to your important friendships – they take a bit of care to build a strong foundation.

Tips to stay connected after the event:

Send a thank you email

If you received a business card from one of the employers, or are able to find their contact email online, send a thank you note. Keep it short and succinct and help them to remember you by identifying a specific conversation topic you valued.

Add them on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn notifies you if someone has a work anniversary, job change or birthday – this is great opportunity to reconnect by “liking” this notification or sending a message expressing your well wishes. When you request to connect, make sure you include a personalized introduction email so that they don’t think you are spamming them.

Connect via Ten Thousand Coffees

Join the network of UBC students and alumni at Ten Thousand Coffees, a digital platform to connect students and professionals and have meaningful conversations in-person or online. See if the employer is actually a UBC alum and reach out.

Set up an informational interview

Looking to have a follow-up conversation? Request an informational interview.

Tap into their network.

If you sense they would be willing to introduce you to others in their network, ask if they could recommend you connect with anyone specific about your career questions. If they make a suggestion, request an introduction.

Maintaining your network

It’s important not to overwhelm your new contacts by asking for too much. Consider what you can offer that they would benefit from or enjoy. Remember, relationships that are mutually beneficial are the most successful.

  • Attending an upcoming conference or networking event?

    If it’s a popular event for their industry, send them a quick note to let them know you will be attending and hope to see them there.

  • Keep them in the loop and acknowledge their support.

    Sharing your successes will fuel their interest in keeping in touch, and if they’ve helped you in any way, let them know.

  • Ask for their advice

    Do you have a specific question? Ask for their advice via LinkedIn messaging or email. Be as specific as possible in your question. Ensure you remind them of who you are and what you talked about during the event.

  • Offer them professional or personal leads.

    If you know of a project or event that would be of interest to them, or have met someone they might value speaking to, make an introduction. This doesn’t have to remain in the realm of work but can be connected to known hobbies and interests as well.