The lost art of the thank you note can play a big role

10.03.2013


The lost art of the thank you note can play a big role
The lost art of the thank you note can play a big role

In the modern days of the job search becoming a major undertaking, one tradition that has fallen somewhat by the wayside is the follow-up or thank you note. While many job seekers may think that because managers have to spend a large amount of time searching through resumes, the thank you note is out of style. While it may not hurt your chances, it can definitely help.

The benefits of following up after an interview or opportunity can be plentiful, according to The Business Journals. They frequently place candidates above others for multiple reasons - persistence and perseverance are the main advantages, though if an interesting topic was broached during your interview, you can expand or continue the conversation, which is further proof to your potential manager of your knowledge on the topic. Additionally, in the large amount of resumes that the average company receives, sometimes workers get lost in the shuffle - being gracious enough to send the note will help you remain in a manager's mind.

In addition, forgetting to send the note may detract from your chances of getting the job - if others do, an interviewer may question your ability and interest in the position. Poor follow-through is generally perceived as a negative trait by employers, but the note can save you from this distinction.

The best ways to write
Just after an interview is over, if it seems like the right time to send a note, don't lose any time, advises CBS News. They recommend jotting down as much information as you can about your experience that may be relevant, as well as a list of pros and cons about the job - if the former outweighs the latter, it's a good idea to send it off. Email and regular mail alike will weigh equally in managers' opinions, but it's important to send it out while you're still fresh in a manager's mind - it's smart to send it within 24 hours of your interview.

In the content of your note, keep things short and simple - accuracy and details will matter more than length. Make sure your grammar and spelling is perfect - if you can't remember how to spell someone's name, turn to LinkedIn or the company website to cover all of your bases. The content itself needs to be short and simple - express how interested you are in the position, commit to some form of future follow-up and be gracious and thankful for the opportunity they've provided.

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