I’m no Emily Post, but I am a stickler for thank you notes—the kind of mother who keeps a detailed list of who-gave-what at my kids’ birthday parties and then makes them write thank you cards within the week. I want my kids to learn the art of showing appreciation, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s a lifelong skill. Related: What To Say In A Thank You Card Besides ‘Thank You’ The same etiquette applies in your career. 'Thank yous' play a dual role of gratitude and strategy: You show your appreciation, and in return you further a relationship. In today’s connected economy, relationship building is paramount whether you are in the middle of a job search, or trying to advance your career. And people are more likely to help others who show an appreciation for their help. This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. No one is expecting a beautifully handwritten note on 100 pound paper. In today’s fast moving world where everything seems time sensitive, sending an email is not only more practical but also appreciated just the same. Here are five opportunities where you should be following up with a sincere thank you email:
A surprisingly easy way to stand out from others competing for the job is to send a thank you note after the interview. Many job seekers don’t send a note—maybe because they believe it isn’t necessary (it is), or maybe because they don’t know what to say. RELATED: Need some interview advice? Watch these tutorials! A good interview note that really makes you stand out in an impressive way will say more than just “thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.” This letter is a fantastic opportunity to boost your chance of getting the job, so you need to take full advantage. Write a substantial and sincere note. The best and most effective thank you letter format goes more like this:
As an active job candidate, you have several chances to impress your prospective employer. A sharp resume with a customized cover letter will lay your groundwork. The interview itself will provide many chances to showcase how and why you are the perfect match for the position. But you can do even more. Related: What To Say In A Thank You Card Besides ‘Thank You’ A unique “thank you” letter or email can reinforce the strong impression you already made. But, you might wonder, are hiring managers really going to appreciate a thank you letter? The answer is, some might not, some will, and some might even expect a thank you note. Now, in my world everything is about increasing my clients’ chances to land that job, and if there is even only a small chance that a thank you note will increase their chances, I will consider it a “must."