Friday, July 15, 2011

Thank You!

A thank you note goes a long way in keeping you fresh in the mind of the interviewer, especially if you have just had the best interview you have ever had. It is a great way to show that you are genuinely interested in the position and have reflected on what has been said. It can even increase your chances of getting a job offer. Now who doesn’t want that?

First of all, you should decide if you are hand writing or emailing. Hand written notes add a touch of thought and personalization that emails sometimes lack. On white paper, or something with a minimalistic design, your note should be short, clear, addressed specifically to the person you were speaking with and preferably hand delivered to them or their secretary the next day.

What you say should always be genuine and show that you have been interested in the interview process. By using phrases like, “Upon reflection,” and “Listening to the points you made,” can help show you have been paying attention and allows you to tie your skills to the position you are applying for.

Finally, make sure that you leave your details for how and when you can be contacted. Instead of having to pull out your resume again, this simple reminder will save the employer time and help them make the crucial decision to hire you.

When you are networking or going to job interviews, the thank you note is a key tool in ensuring that you stand out from the rest of the crowd. If you would like more information on how to write a thank you note, stop into the Resource Centre and speak with a Career Assistant on how to craft a great personalized thank you. Alternatively, Monster has a nice template you can look at to get you started: here

Rachel Mills

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