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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

The Importance of a Thank You Card

25 Aug

aug-thankYouCards-001Sometimes a little thank you is all it takes to put a smile on someone’s face.  While some people are more likely to save handwriting real thank you cards for the bigger occasions such as for a wedding shower present or a wedding gift, it’s important to consider that writing notes to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and more, even for the smaller things, means a great deal to those who receive them.

Maybe a friend brought you dinner, a neighbor walked your dog for you, you were interviewed for a job, or your cousin remembered your birthday.  Maybe a co-worker took care of an issue for you or your boss gave you a raise.  These and other kind acts are the perfect reason to send a handwritten thank you note.

aug-thankYouCards-002Saying thank you with a personalized thank you note card makes a memorable statement.  Remember to use a nice thank you card to write your note on, be genuine in your note and express how important their help has been to you.  And, use nice handwriting and a good quality pen to write your note, and remember to sign your name!  You don’t have to write a lot but be genuine in your sentiments.

There are a variety of thank you card styles perfect for a wedding thank you note, a bridal shower thank you notes, graduation thank you cards, sympathy thank you cards and everyday general notes of thanks. A nice box of basic thank you cards is always something handy to have on hand.

You will certainly make someone’s day when they receive an attractive note card on their mailbox or on their desk.  Sending a thank you card is a sweet gesture at any time! A spontaneous or unexpected thank you note can often mean a lot.  After all, who doesn’t like being appreciated?

Best wishes,

Renee

10 Tips on How to Write Thank You Notes

18 May

april-thank-you-002Writing a proper thank you note is a must for all ages.  Learning how to do this at a young age will create lifelong habits.  But it’s never too late to learn!  Here are some tips to get you started.

It’s important to send a written thank you note card for gifts  received, such as a birthday gift, graduation gift, housewarming gift, from a bridal shower or a wedding.  But it’s also really nice to send a thank you note when someone does something very helpful for you, such as driving you to the airport or helping you by doing a carpool route for you. Also, sending a thank you note for business related situations is important too, such as after a job interview or after receiving a pay raise or when you receive a reference letter.

It’s always a good idea to have a box of thank you cards handy at home for such notes. When you are sending a number of thank you notes at the same time, such as after a wedding or bridal shower, it’s also very important to make it an organized effort. You will want to have a list of the gift-givers names and complete addresses and a list of the presents you received to make your note writing easier.

Have a supply of personalized thank you note cards that reflect your personality and are appropriate for the occasion.  You might need business stationery or fun personal stationery or more elegant wedding stationery, depending on the occasion.

To write a proper thank you note, here are some ideas to assist you:

1. Hand write the note as it’s much more personal, even if you don’t have the most beautiful handwriting.  Never type or print the notes.

2.  Stick with a formal greeting if you are not on a first name basis, such as “Dear Mr. Davidson”.  But if you are a personal friend or on a first name basis, you should start the message with the first name, such as “Dear Jamie”.

3.   Make the message personal.  In other words, try not to simply say “thank you for the gift”.  Mention something about the present that you liked and acknowledge that the gift is appreciated.

4.  When writing the note, use language that is heartfelt such as thoughtful, lovely, appreciated, cherished, adored, meaningful, enjoyed, considerate, grateful and valued.

5. Be very careful of your spelling and grammar when you write the note.  Look up spelling if you are unsure.

6.  Personal notes should end with a less formal closing such as “Love,” “With love,” or “Best wishes” and a business thank you should have a closing less personal such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards”.

7.  Carefully address the envelope in easy-to-read handwriting. Be sure to have a complete address including city, state and zip code.  Do not use a computerized sticker on the envelope.

8.  Be sure to use the proper amount of postage.  Square envelopes require additional postage.  Bring one note in the envelope to the post office if you want to be sure you are properly posting the envelopes.

9. Purchase a stamp that will match the occasion.  If your thank you notes are for wedding gifts, buy a stamp with a heart or the word love.  Check with the USPS for available options.   If you are sending thank you notes from holiday gifts, look for a holiday stamp for example.

10.  It’s best to send a thank you note as soon as possible.  Business thank you notes should be sent within 1-2 days when possible.  For social gifts, the time frame is much more lenient, however, try to send those notes out within 1-2 weeks, or on the outside, try to send personal thank you notes no later than 4 weeks.  Remember, it’s never too late to send a note after that time but acknowledge that you are belated in your thanks.

Happy thank you note writing!

Best wishes,

Renee