Thank You! Make an impact in 5 minutes
Author Byline: Phil Rosenberg, President, reCareered
I'm amazed I actually have to write this article.
Why do fewer than 10% of all candidates blow off the easiest way to stand out? It's so simple…the thank you note. Yet so few takeadvantage of writing a simple thank you…so it's a huge advantage to those who do.
Why write a Thank You note? Here's 5 reasons:
1. Thank Yous remind the hiring manager who you are
Even if you think you blew the interview, write a thank you. Why? The person who aced the interview might be priced out of the company's budget, or might take a different job.
Even if you don't want the job, write a thank you. Why? Hiringmanagers talk…if you've impressed the interviewer, the hiring manager may refer you to one of his network.
Thank You Strategies – Email, or Letter?
At a minimum, send an email, with the advantage of speed, it can be read that night.
A mailed printed letter is the least effective – at best it arrives days after the interview.
If you're set on mailing, do it right…send a hand written letter on nice stationery card stock.
To maximize your effect, send both. You get the advantage of email's speed, but nothing conveys personality like a hand written thank you. Hand written notes show you've taken the time in today's time crunched world to be personal, and handwritten notes come from the heart – they are believable. Better yet, you get to remind the hiring manager who you are - twice. Almost no one uses this tactic, so you REALLY stand out.
That's why your Mom made you write Thank You notes as a kid…so you'd know how to write them as an adult.
If you'd like more information, a free 30 minute resume consultation, or some advice about your career transition, just email your resume to reCareered at [email protected], and we'll schedule a time to talk.