Archive for May, 2008

Please, send Thank Yous

I know that stamps cost 42 cents. And yes we live in an electronic age…

Don’t care. Send a real thank you note. On paper. Handwritten.

It takes 30 seconds to send an e-mail. Log in. Type thanks. Hit send. The least you can do is get out a pen and sign your name. Oh, and spring for one of those 42 cent stamps before you ship it off.

You should plan on sending thank you notes to everyone with which you interview – whether it’s for a job opening or merely informational. In person OR on the phone. It’s 42 cents, seriously.

Keep your note short and simple and to the point:

Dear Friend,

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me yesterday. I really appreciate your advice and insights into the industry. I’ll keep you updated on how my job search goes. Best of luck finishing the Jones project!



See. There you go. It’s not too painful. Plus, you’ll stand out from the crowd. I get e-mails everyday. How often do I get real letters? Not often enough.

Want to be environmentally friendly? Send a thank you post card or use stationery made from recycled paper.


May 28, 2008 at 4:16 am