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.