Following Up & Thank You Messages

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If you really want to increase your chances of hearing back on positions you applied for or hoping to build a better relationship with that person you met at a networking event, you must follow up! It is one of the most important part of your search process and will make you stand out from other candidates who are not following up. It also shows INITIATIVE on your part! When following up, make sure to clearly show your intentions confidently and not aggressively.

Tips on Following-up

  • Lead off with a thank you and focus on specifics from your conversation
  • Keep it brief. 3-5 sentences
  • Ask additional questions, which can help keep the door open for continued dialogue
  • Connect on LinkedIn
  • Ask if there’s someone else within their network that you could be connected with to build your network

Examples of Messages

Following up with recruiters on Linkedin

Sometimes it is hard to find the right person to follow up with at an employer you have submitted your resume to. This is where LinkedIn becomes a big help. You can find recruiters or hiring professionals who work at your target company and send them a follow-up message after you apply. As in all types of follow-up there is a proper approach to take in order to generate a response.

Send a follow-up message

Connect with UIC Alumni on LinkedIn

You will not always be able to connect with recruiters or hiring personnel from the company you applied to.  Thankfully, UIC has a network of 150,000 alumni profiles on LinkedIn. Some of these alumni may work at organizations where you would like to become an intern or full-time employee. UIC alumni can be a great way to network your way into a company, before a job is even posted.

Connect with UIC Alumni