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Saying “thank you” is not only the right thing to do, it is also an effective job search strategy.

A thank-you note is another opportunity to sell your qualifications and leave a positive impression on the employer.

Who gets a thank-you note?

Employers, employment contacts, and references should receive a thank-you note whenever they have helped you. You should always send a thank-you note after each job interview.

You should also send a thank-you note after an informational interview, when someone gives you a referral or information, or whenever someone takes time out of his or her schedule for you.

How do I say thank you?

A hand-written or typed thank-you note sent by mail is an excellent choice. However, you can also deliver your thanks in person or by phone. If time is short, an e-mailed thank you note works too. The best approach will depend on the circumstances.

What should I include in my thank-you note?

  • Statement of appreciation for the opportunity
  • Expression of continued interest in the job
  • Brief restatement of qualifications and skills
  • Additional background you may have failed to mention
  • Follow up on any websites, books, articles or contacts mentioned
  • Date and time you will follow up as previously agreed

Any other tips?

  • Write the note no later than 24 hours after the interview, even if the interview didn’t go well.
  • Be brief, but include the information noted above. 
  • Address the note to the interviewer by name and title.
  • Send a separate thank-you note to each person you interviewed with, or send a single thank-you to a key person for distribution.

View a Sample Thank-You Note for layout and format suggestions.

Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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