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Best Interview Thank You Note Tips

19 Jun

Thank You NoteWhether you are interviewing for your first job out of college or your third job in your career, a thank you note is a must. A handwritten thank you note is a great way to thank the interviewer for their time.  It helps you stand out from other applicants.  While it is easy to send an email or text to follow up with an interview, a handwritten thank you note is best. (Note: If a job decision is being made within a short time period, an email thank you note would suffice.)  We’ve put together some tips for writing the thank you note to help you land your next job.

What do I write?

  • Thank the interviewer for their time.
  • Summarize the interview.
  • Highlight what you can bring to the position.
  • Let the interviewer know that you are interested in the job.

8 Thank You Note and Follow-up Tips

  1. Ask the interviewer for a business card so you have their spelling and mailing address.
  2. Do a rough-draft of your thank you note before you use your stationery.
  3. Have a friend or family member proofread your note to make sure it sounds sincere and professional.
  4. Write your thank you note on quality stationery.
  5. Mail your thank you note within 24 hours after the interview.
  6. While employers do not always follow-up after an interview, the thank you note is a good reminder that you appreciate their time and are interested in the position. You will make a positive impression when sending a follow-up thank you note.
  7. If the interviewer provided you with a timetable for follow-up, honor it.  Perhaps they said they will get back to you within 2 weeks.  After sending the thank you note, allow the company the time they anticipated for follow-up before you contact them by phone or email.
  8. If you do not hear back from the interview after the period of time the interviewer estimated, it is a good idea to e-mail or call them to discuss whether the job is still available and to express that you are still interested.

 Example Thank You Note

Dear Ms. Smith,

Thank you for taking the time to speak with me yesterday about the marketing position with ABC company. It was a pleasure meeting with you, and I enjoyed learning more about the role and the company. After our conversation, I am confident that my skills and experience are a great match for the marketing position.

I am excited about the possibility of joining the ABC team and would appreciate the opportunity to work for your team.  If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you. 

Sincerely,

Emily Johns

Power of a Handwritten Letter

18 Feb

Over the holidays I received a letter from a college friend that took me by surprise.  Her letter talked about how much our friendship meant, how I cheered her on when she needed it and how I’ve always been by her side.  That letter made my day.  If you know my friend, you’d know it took a lot for her to write it.  I was so inspired by her letter, that I decided in 2017 I was going to pay it forward.  I have committed to writing a letter of gratitude to all my close friends and family in their birthday cards this year to let them know how much they mean to me.

I had lunch recently with my college friend and told her how she inspired me to pay it forward.  I asked her what inspired her to write that letter and she said “a glass of wine.”  All kidding aside, she said she wanted to let her closest friends know how much they mean to her.  I told her how it inspired me to do the same.

Seeing that it’s only February, I’ve only had the chance to write a handful of birthday messages.  Some were more challenging than others, but I focused on what makes those people special to me.  I did this without expectations of any response, but to just let people in my life know how important they are.  Funny thing?  Every one of those cards I’ve given or sent has inspired them as well. I’ve received such heartfelt messages saying how much those letters meant to them.

I encourage you to write letters of gratitude to people important in your life.  You may inspire them more than you know.  And you can’t tuck a text or email in your drawer to pull out and read over and over again.  A handwritten letter is so much more meaningful.  Order some fresh new stationery or pen a letter in the next birthday card you send.  You’ll never regret letting someone know how much you mean to them.

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

5 of our Favorite Very Merry Personalized Gift Ideas

12 Nov

It’s definitely gift season, that time of year when you carefully pick something you think will be enjoyed. We have called out 5 of our favorite personalized gift ideas that are items you might not have considered in the past.

Personalized Post-It Notes

1. Personalized Post-it® Notes. One of our favorite gift ideas. We mean, really…who gets these for themselves? But what a useful gift they will enjoy all year long! Perfect for little notes, messages and reminders for offices and homes. They are simply wonderful.

Cutting Boards2. Personalized Cutting Boards. Whether you select a glass or wood board, this is a really fun gift idea. The glass boards have great designs that can brighten up a kitchen and the wood ones are gorgeous and you can add a stand so it can become a room accent as well.
Personalized Barware3. Personalized Barware. We love giving a beautiful set of monogrammed wine glasses, high balls, micro brews or double old fashioned as a special holiday gift or housewarming present. We use them in our own homes too. Our guests are always impressed. These quality gifts quickly become a favorite, drink after drink.
Louisville Slugger4. A personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Sports fans of all ages will be wowed by this special collectible. Anyway, who wouldn’t love the same quality bat that Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth used. With 120 years of experience, these are bats offer the best quality wood on the market and we offer them with a personalized name, just like the pros enjoy.
Personalized Stationery5. And, of course, a wonderful box of personalized stationery. Your recipient will certainly enjoy having easy access to a personal note card when they write their holiday thank yous this season and special love notes throughout the year.

Create your own list of personal favorite gifts and elevate your gift giving this season. Personalized gifts mean you took the time to pick out something especially for that someone special. It’s a great opportunity to be sure you select something not only fantastic but also something that will be well used.

Happy holidays!

Renee