Thanking an Employer after a Career Fair

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A Career Fair is an excellent opportunity to meet and network with recruiters who are hiring for positions; however, your communication with these recruiters shouldn’t end at the fair. The truth of the matter is that many recruiters leave fairs with dozens of resumes in hand. (In fact, at this year’s Albertus Magnus College Career Fair on February 25, most recruiters left saying they had met with 30 candidates and up, and some had just as many resumes.)

If you really want to work for a company or companies that you met at the fair, sending a follow-up thank you note is the next step to get noticed. Please follow these important tips.

Paragraph 1: Please thank the recruiter for spending time with you at the fair. Your first paragraph can say something like this: “This is a quick note to thank you for taking the time to meet with me at the Albertus Magnus College Career Fair on February 25. After speaking with you, I am quite interested in working for your company, especially in the XYZ position you mentioned that will be available in the next few months. As a college senior, I’m eager to begin working in a full-time capacity after my graduation in May.”

Paragraph 2: In this paragraph, repeat why you would be a great candidate for a particular position or for the company in general. Here’s an example: “I am highly interested in your customer service representative position at Verizon Wireless. My two years’ customer service experience, along with my training in business communications, speech communications and writing, would make me an excellent fit to join your team.”

Paragraph 3: Your final paragraph should thank the recruiter one last time for his or her consideration of you as a candidate. Here is a good place to mention a memorable moment or a specific conversation you had with the recruiter: “It was a pleasure to speak with you about the many positions available at Aflac. I especially enjoyed hearing about the extensive training programs you offer to all of your employees. What a great opportunity! I thank you for your time and hope you will find me to be a qualified candidate for your company.”

When you’re done writing your letter, please check for any grammatical, spelling, alignment or font issues. Be sure not to overlook review of tenses and send it out promptly (within a week of the fair if possible); Finally, if you have the time and clear, legible handwriting, you may want to hand write a note—this will make an impression on the recipient. If this is not viable, then send a thank you email. Your follow up will keep the interviewer thinking about you. After all, you are worth thinking about!2014_03_05_ThankingEmployerThankYouGraphicBosely_Boyce_AnnetteAnnette Bosley-Boyce is Director of Career Services at Albertus Magnus College and author of The College Success Plan. As Director of Career Services, Ms. Bosley-Boyce assists students with career planning, resume and cover letter writing, LinkedIn profiles, job searches, and interview techniques. When she’s not assisting students with their “career education,” she’s developing rapports with employers in the area and coordinating events such as the college’s annual career fair and on-campus recruiting days.

Annette Bosley-Boyce received a Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in writing and women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from Sacred Heart University.

Having extensive experience in higher education, Ms. Bosley-Boyce has worked in administrative and faculty roles at various colleges for over 15 years. Her background includes career counseling, admissions, academic advisement, residential life, and enrollment management.

Men’s Volleyball: The Preseason

19s_newthumbThe preseason for Men’s Volleyball is one of the most exciting parts of the season.  Everyone is hyped up to start playing.  It is also a time for the players to get back into shape and shake off the rust that has been accumulating over the past ten months.  All of the players are eager to begin playing with another and start exploring potential game lineups.

The 2014 team feels similar to the last couple of years, but the overall focus and determination of the team is at an all-time high.  We greatly underachieved last year and were not able to sustain team unity throughout the season.  Using last year as motivation, this year’s team is determined on achieving success this year, no matter what bumps in the road might arise.

22_J_newthumbThis year’s team is surely the most talented team that I have been a part of here at Albertus.  Our team has been assembled from a variety of different players from different places, each with a unique set of skills to bring to the table.  There is a good deal of returning players, as well as new players who will be just as instrumental to our success as anyone on the team.

Despite numerous players experimenting at different and new positions, no one has complained or allowed his morale to decrease.  We, as players, know that we need to be ready to play whichever position is asked of us.  Coach is pushing us to accept the roles that are asked of us and not make excuses for poor performance.  We have been aggressively conditioning over the last few weeks because many of us know that our formidable competitors in the GNAC are doing the same thing in preparation for the season.

I think that other teams, especially ones in the GNAC, will be surprised and terrified when they take the court against us this year.  We are much more focused than last year and have added key pieces and positions that make us a force to be reckoned with.  This team strives to get better every practice because each player understands that he will have a certain role on the team and will need to perform that role to the best of his ability to better the team.  The team also gets tighter with each and every practice.

I can already tell that we are going to have a ton of fun this season, on and off the court.  We don’t want to settle for being just average this season.  The returning players know what this team is capable of and the new players have joined our winning culture in stride and expect to win and have fun this season.  I truly believe this will be the most successful season in the history of the Albertus Men’s Volleyball team; I hope we get the crowd support at home games to keep us fired up on the court!  SEE YOU THERE – GO FALCONS!

GlennGlenn Johnson
Year: Junior
Hometown: Newington, Connecticut
Position: Outside Hitter
Major: Business Major

GOLD: Graduates of the last decade

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My name is Gina D’Agostino and I graduated in May 2013, but I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in the Albertus Five-year MBA program with a concentration in Human Resources.  During my senior year, I applied for an internship through the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) where I would be able to complete an internship in the Albertus Alumni Office.  I was one of four students chosen nationwide to receive the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Program (ASAP) fellowship.  As part of my internship, I was able to attend the CASE ASAP conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, along with three other Albertus students who are in the Student Alumni Association.  Attending this conference, especially in New Orleans, was an experience of a lifetime.  We learned about what other schools across the country, large and small, are doing to promote alumni relations, philanthropy, and giving back to their alma mater.

Together with Stefanie Seslar, director of alumni relations, and Carolyn Behan Kraus, vice president for development and alumni relations, we decided that my internship would focus on developing a “Graduates of the Last Decade”  or GOLD group.  This group would consist of traditional undergraduate alumni of the College who have graduated in the past ten years, 2003-2013.  We believe that young alumni are looking for different opportunities to stay connected with the College other than what has been traditionally offered.  I began doing some research, sending out a survey to determine exactly what types of events they would like to see hosted.  The majority of the votes suggested that the events that would most likely be attended were happy hour events.  Thanks to alumni feedback, the Young Alumni Group has set up various happy hour events for young alumni to meet up, have fun, and connect with one another socially and for professional networking.

The first event was held, after the College’s annual Fall Fest, at Christopher Martin’s Restaurant and Bar in New Haven.  More than 30 young alumni joined us to continue the Fall Fest festivities.  In December, the College hosted its first annual Christmas Tree Lighting, held outside of Aquinas Hall.  There were several tables featuring different activities. The Student Alumni Association had DIY ornaments for students and children; Residential Life sponsored writing Christmas Cards to the troops overseas, and the Young Alumni Group sponsored an Ugly Sweater Photo booth.  Our very own Santa Claus was also there to take pictures with students, alumni and families!  This month, we will be hosting an “I Hate Valentine’s Day” event, once again at Christopher Martin’s.  The event will be held Thursday, February 13, from 5 to 7 p.m., and include games and trivia complete with great Albertus prizes.

The Young Alumni Group hopes to continue to plan specific events targeted for our young alumni throughout the year.  One event, scheduled to take place in April, is a scavenger hunt in Downtown New Haven.  Please follow our Facebook & Twitter accounts to stay up to date on the latest events and news!  If you would like to help plan events or to get more involved email me at alumniintern@albertus.edu.

UntitledGina D’Agostino graduated Albertus Magnus College in May 2013, with a bachelor of science in marketing and is currently enrolled in the Albertus Magnus College Five-year MBA program.  She is researching and implementing events and activities to form a new GOLD (graduates of the last decade) program designed to engage recent alumni through her fellowship opportunity through the CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs.