How To Use Thank You Notes To Aid Your Job Search
MyOnlineCareerSpace has been in the job search field long enough to understand the importance of little things like thank you notes. Writing a sincere thank you note can make an unexpectedly large difference to a Hiring Manager.
Thank You Notes
"Thank you" is a powerful statement that is seldom heard. Each thank you is an opportunity to further sell your qualifications and to leave a fresh impression in the mind of the reader. It is imperative that you send a personalized thank you letter or handwritten note to employers and employment contacts whenever they have extended themselves in any way on behalf of your job search. In each and every case a written thank you should be sent after all interviews. You should consider thank you letters and notes as a standard part of your arsenal in your job search.
The thank you letter should follow a standard business letter format while the note may be a simple handwritten note or card. A handwritten, personalized note makes a greater impact on the recipient compared to a standard typewritten document.
Thank You Letter Tips:
Be brief and to the point. Identify the date and time you last had contact with them.
When thanking a potential employer, restate your interest in the position and/or the company.
Always plan your follow-up. Make it a point to tell the person when and how they can expect to hear from you in the future. Be specific. Include a date and time.
If there are multiple people involved, such as with a panel interview, be sure to thank each person. Send one letter to each person or send a single letter to a key person for distribution. When sending more than one thank you letter, it is very effective to vary each one. Try to identify a specific topic you may have discussed.
Always send a written thank you to a person by name. Be certain of the spelling of their name.
The thank you note or letter is an opportunity to restate your qualifications. Include any pertinent information you failed to mention earlier. Be sure to reemphasize your skills and abilities.
Parts of a Thank you Note:
- Statement of appreciation for the interview.
- Expression of interest in employment.
- Brief restatement of qualifications.
- Final "Thank You".
- Date and time you'll follow-up.