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Dear Experts,

Are there any specific things that should go into a thank you note for your references? I also have one reference who I am almost certain was one of the deciding factors in my getting the job I am about to begin and am wondering if there is any way to express that in a thank you note without being inappropriate.

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Q#243 Express gratitude and thanks 4 the help. Offer to reciprocate in some way for the assistance. (@DebraWheatman)

Q#243 Thank you notes for job refs are like all TUs-write from heart. Express appreciation for effort/time. (@keppie_careers)

Q#243 ALL references deserve huge praise. Be generous with appreciation for their willingness to support you. (@jtodonnell)

Q#243 Thank u note to ref should include key points u appreciate them attesting 2 on ur behalf. (@kgrantcareers)

Q#243 Its human nature2 wnt 2 help others we just dont always know how. When 1 DOES help, s/he wants 2 know A simple thnx! (@RTResumepro)

Q#243 Tell references thanks. Make sure they know you’d gladly reciprocate. I sent unexpected gifts to mine. (@beneubanks)

Q#243 Write from your heart, in handwriting. In fact, your question contains text just right for TY note. (@juliaerickson)

Q#243 Just update them on your job search (that you got the job) and be sure to say thank you! (@gradversity)

Q#243 It sounds as though you’re genuinely grateful. Just let that come through in your note – be open and sincere. (@louise_fletcher)

Q#243 Thank-you should b sincere–is abt ‘them’ (u appreciate their time/their words on ur behalf). @ValueIntoWords (1:2)

Q#243 Share credit w/them for your success in landing new job. B meaningful; tweak each thank-u. @ValueIntoWords (2:2)

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