Posts tagged ‘Thank You Note’

Send Thank You Notes

I don’t know how many times I’ve said it, but I’ll say it again.

Send a handwritten thank you note within 24 hours of your interview.

Over and over again, people tell me they never got a call back from an interview. When I ask if they send a thank you note and they shrug their shoulders, I know at least one reason they didn’t get a call back.

Don’t believe me?

Read these two articles that say what I’ve been saying all along: SEND THANK YOU NOTES! TO EVERYONE WITH WHICH YOU INTERVIEW!

http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2009/12/great-thoughts-on-thank-you-notes.html

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/a-little-thank-you-goes-a-long-way/

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December 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Top Interview Mistakes – Part 4

This is the fourth installation of commentary on the worst mistakes interviewees make. Please see parts one, two and three for more on how to become a better job candidate in the interview room.

Forty-eight percent of hiring managers cited that the worst thing a person can do in an interview is be disinterested. This bothers me. When I first read this, I though, “Now why would you interview when you’re not interested in the job?” But then I realized that often times people may come across as disinterested because they’re not adequately prepared for the interview and do not understand how to interact during the conversation.

Continue Reading July 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

When you’re applying for a job, you can wax poetically about your near-Ivy League education, your selfless volunteer work and your relevant experience. But it all comes down to three crucial elements.

1. Why you’re applying for the job.
2. What you can do for the company.
3. What makes you different from everyone else applying.

Continue Reading June 4, 2008 at 3:28 am Leave a comment

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!

Sincerely,

Colleen

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