When To Send Thank You Gifts To A Referral

Thank you gifts are a great way to show how grateful you are for an action someone took for you. Giving a thoughtful one is much more important than spending a certain dollar amount, especially since the latter could work against you. You don't want the recipient feel indebted to you, because they've already put their reputation on the line for you. When someone is referring you for a job, it's important to respect the time and effort that person spent for you, trusting you enough to suggest your candidacy as a great fit. Giving the right thank you gift is crucial, but the timing of the gift is equally important. Don't make the mistake of giving gifts too early, because it might make the person referring you feel uncomfortable if you end up with the job. Plenty of people use networking to find a job, with referrals making up a large portion of hired employees. While you're pursuing a job that you've been referred for, it can get pretty complicated. Between phone screens, in-person interviews, Skype calls and skills demonstrations, there are many phases of the process. How should the person referring you be involved? When should you send a thank you gift to the person who referred you? Regardless of whether you eventually get the job, you should let the person who referred you know as you're going through each major step via email. You don't need to tell them every single detail, but it's common courtesy to notify them when you have an interview, and to let them know how you did once it happens. When you find out whether or not you got the job, you should give them a heads up as well. Remain respectful and concise to make it easier on both of you. If you babble on about too much, you'll be wasting both your time and theirs. If you didn't get the job, just remember that there are other opportunities for you out there. They might even come thanks to the same person referring you this time. If you're one of the 80% of people who landed their job because of a referral, congratulations! Make sure that you communicate with the person who referred you soon to let them know the good news. Now you can send a hand-written thank you and/or a small gift to show your appreciation.

Enjoy this article? You've got time for more! Check out these related articles:  

In our new YouTube series, "Well This Happened" it's your turn to be the career coach! What would you do if you asked a coworker when the baby was due and she responded with, "I'm not pregnant." Watch the video and cast your vote b posting a comment on Youtube. We'll select one person from the correct answers at random to win free membership to the Work It Daily program. Good luck!

SHOW MORE Show less

If you've ever wondered what a Work It Daily (WID) membership could do for you, a letter we got this week provides a powerful example...

SHOW MORE Show less

There are 3 things hiring managers are trying to initially assess about you in the job interview. This video walks you through what they are looking for and offers insights into the right information to give them. Be sure to check out our free resources mentioned in the video too. They are:

SHOW MORE Show less

Last week during my Office Hours on Youtube, a client asked about how to deal with a workplace bully. After spending many years in corporate HR, I flipped to the other side and became a career therapist. So, I've seen both sides of this situation in the workplace. In this video, I discuss why people struggle to deal with bullies and what you can do to change the situation instantly.

This week, I did something that truly scared me. I sent an email to over 120,000 Work It Daily newsletter subscribers and asked them to answer the question, "What do we do?"

SHOW MORE Show less

A market correction is going to happen. When it does, layoffs will follow. I've been in the HR and recruiting industry for over two decades and have seen three recessions of varying sizes. In the video above, I explain how to tell when a recession is coming and what that means to you and your career. While many people will skip watching this. Or, will watch it and do nothing. I hope YOU are the smart, savvy professional who sees how important it is to prepare for unexpected, unwelcomed career circumstances.

SHOW MORE Show less

In this video, you'll learn how to tell if your career is plateauing due to the Executive Blues. You'll also learn what you can do to fix the problem and get your "executive energy" back so you can keep your career on track and set goals to reach new heights of success!

Want to watch the full video tutorial by J.T.?

CLICK HERE to get access!