After your last interview, did you send a thank you note? Maybe you sent an email? What are the advantages and disadvantages to sending a handwritten letter. When should you send one? Did you know your thank you letter is the last opportunity to showcase your skills or make a point you forgot? This video will show you how to rise above the competition by using a long-forgotten skill.
- When was the last time you wrote a thank-you note? I don't mean the last time you typed a quick email of thanks, I mean a genuine, pen on paper thank-you note that you had to put a stamp on. If you can't remember when last you wrote one there are hundreds of recruiters out there who can't remember the last time they received one, if ever. I did get flowers once. A candidate was so happy with her new job that she sent me flowers. Now that's an excellent way to stand out. Of course I remember her, and I'll probably never forget her.
But with advancements in technology a handwritten thank-you note is almost as rare as flowers, so this is an excellent way to stand out as well as add any points you forgot. One of the reasons we don't send nearly as much mail as we used to is that it's slow. It's called snail mail for a reason. When you're trying to stand out and make a good impression you don't want your note of thanks arriving long after the employer has already made a decision. So what do you do? A best practice is to write a quick and short email, which thanks the interviewer for their time.
An email within hours of the interview shows that you have an interest in the role and you're looking forward to next steps. But then follow that up immediately with a handwritten note. Snail mail isn't nearly as slow as it used to be. Often if you mail something on Monday it will arrive by Wednesday. Therefore a savvy candidate will have the note prepared in advance. They will have the address written out and a stamp ready to go. Upon exiting the interview, as soon as you get to your car, or a nearby coffee shop, write the note of thanks and mail it right then and there.
If you interviewed with two people they should each get a note, so bring extras. And if you interviewed with multiple people you can mail individual notes to each person, if warranted. You can choose to only send a thank-you note to the person with the decision-making power, or you can send one note and reference everyone in it. Sending a thank-you note does a few things. It puts your name and your interview back in the mind of the interviewer. It reminds the interviewer of your candidacy.
It reiterates your interest in the position. It provides you with an opportunity to restate your qualifications, and it gives you an opportunity to mention something you may have forgotten, or let's you answer a question you didn't handle well the first time. So few people bother to write a thank-you note at all that you're ahead of the pack if you stop after sending the initial email, but don't. Go the extra mile, use the tips above, and mail that note.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for