Notes An Integral Part of Your Career Design
is one little practice that is vital to generating the interest of potential employers.
It is critical, but very few job seekers actually do it.
is it? The THANK YOU NOTE!
experts agree that EVERY job hunter MUST send thank-you notes after EVERY job
interview. They also point out that most people completely ignore this bit
yourself an edge In order to have a huge advantage over the other candidates
for the job you want, send thank-you notes to EVERYONE you meet the day of the
interview administrative assistants, managers, interviewers, people you
met who already do the job you are targeting and so on.
of my resume clients (let's call him Mike) is a Certified Arborist and Tree Care Professional in the San Diego area. His goal is to move into the consulting arena. Very soon after speaking on the phone with the owner of a prominent tree care company, Mike mailed a brief note thanking the owner for his time and consideration. Within a week, the owner called Mike and offered him an informal mentoring arrangement to help Mike learn more about the consulting side of tree care.
Mike decided to pass on the offer and continue his job search, and he recently landed a very nice position. He sent me an e-mail about his recent job-hunting activities saying, "...and just so you know, the thank-you letter has got to be the block that
keeps the door open. I sent out three letters and subsequently got three offers."
Why send a thank you note
If you're not convinced yet, the following reasons outline the significance of sending thank-you notes:
Sending a thank-you note demonstrates that you are good with people. You employ
the most basic of people skills a show of gratitude.
It helps companies remember you after the interview. You can restate your interest
in the position, especially if the interview went well.
You can use the thank-you note to summarize a few of the main points discussed
at the interview. You can also add anything you forgot to tell them.
It has the potential to increase your affinity with those who have the authority
to hire you.
It shows that you are serious about your career design.
It indicates that you are organized and on top of details.
It demonstrates that you went out of your way to show interest in the company
If they decide not to consider you for the position, perhaps they know of another
opportunity that suits you. You can mention this in the thank-you note, asking
them to keep you in mind.
It simple The post-interview thank-you note doesn't have to be fancy. It
does have to use correct grammar, punctuation and spelling. Here's an example:
you for the opportunity to speak with you today. As we discussed, my 10-years
of outside sales experience is a perfect fit for XYZ Widgets as you expand into
the Pacific Rim. In light of your plans for Asia, you'll find my Japanese language
skills to be of great value.
free to contact me at 123-555-1234 should you have additional questions. I am
very interested in the position and looking forward to our next meeting.
you again for your time and consideration.
You now know the impact a thank-you note can have after an employment interview.
other opportunities to send them?
The general rule is this:
ANYONE has done you even the smallest favor during the job-hunt/career-design
process, send the individual a thank-you note. Was a receptionist at a company
you phoned while doing research exceptionally helpful? Did one of your colleagues
take five minutes to help you with a cover
letter? Did somebody who already does the job you want to do provide you with
some valuable insights? The job hunt can be frustrating. Was someone particularly
should send each of these individuals a brief handwritten thank-you note expressing
your gratitude for their time and assistance.
reiterate: A thank-you note goes to everyone who helps you, gives you leads, or
provides advice or guidance even in the most infinitesimal way. That includes
friends, people at companies or organizations you've visited while doing your
research, temp agency personnel,
administrative assistants, receptionists, librarians, company employees...ANYONE!
are a few thank-you note guidelines:
Address the note to the specific individual with which you spoke. Personalize
it. Be sure to use the correct title when addressing a woman. Find out if you
should use Ms., Mrs. or Miss and get it right. Avoid an obligatory, mechanical
tone. Mention something about your conversation or how the individual treated
notes following an interview should be written on quality note stationery with
letterhead matching that of your resume.
Remember to sign it!
A conservative, handwritten thank-you card is appropriate for all those friends,
colleagues, and casual contacts that have helped you along the way.
Send thank-you notes within 24 hours of the interview or the very next day at
the latest. If it arrives a week later, the meaning is lost.
If you e-mail a sentiment of gratitude, follow up with a thank-you note or card
in the mail.
your best judgmentthese are just guidelines.
thank-you note is critical to your getting noticed and to the success of your
job hunt. And because most folks either forget or just plain don't do it, you'll
find yourself at a significant advantage.