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What is it?
  • Follow-up is a form of professional communication that you initiate after meeting with someone in a professional context. Ideally, follow-up is done via an email message to the person within a day or two of meeting them.

Why is it important?
  • Follow-up after an initial meeting helps you to build rapport and develop lasting professional connections.

  • Your professional connections can be a great advantage and support your search and application for internships and jobs.

  • Thoughtful, well-crafted follow-up can demonstrate your genuine interest and sincere appreciation of others. 

How should I follow-up?
  • Email: Send an brief, friendly email to the person you met with. Your message should include:

    • A thank you for meeting and talking with you

    • A reminder about the context in which you met

    • A comment about a particularly meaningful point that came up in your conversation, information they shared with you, and/or tips or advice they provided


Close your email message by thanking the person again and letting them know you look forward to staying in touch. In some cases, you may want to include a link to your online portfolio and/or attach your resume to the message.


If you did not get a business card or email address from the person you met, you might be able to find them in the ArtWorks Employer Directory. View this guide on how to use the Employer Directory to find contact information.

  • Connect on LinkedIn: Stay connected to those you met by inviting them to join you on LinkedIn. Use this Career Center handout to guide your approach: Networking Professionally Online.

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