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Thank-You Letters & Notes

"Thank you" is a powerful statement.
Unfortunately, it is seldom heard.

Saying "thank you" in your job search is not only the right thing to do, but is also an effective job search strategy. Every "thank you" is an opportunity to sell your qualifications and leave a positive impression on the reader. In your job search you should express your gratitude. Don't wait for opportunities - create them. Send a thank-you letter or note to employers and employment contacts whenever they have extended themselves. This includes after a job or informational interview, when someone gives you a referral or information, or whenever someone takes time out of their schedule. There is no effort too small to warrant a "thank you."

"Thank you" may be said in person, by phone, in a formal letter or informal note. The best approach will depend upon the circumstances, personal style and preference. The best strategy is to select the approach that best serves the immediate need.

Thank-you letters and notes should be standard tools in your job search. The thank-you letter should follow a standard business letter format while the note may be a simple hand written note or card. The situation and your personal style will determine which you send.

At the minimum, a written thank-you should be sent after all interviews. This is your opportunity to make one more impression before the decision is made. Send a written thank-you even if you are turned down for a job. Let the employer know that you appreciate them considering you and would be interested in future opportunities.

Points to Consider

Basic parts of Thank-You

1. Statement of appreciation

2. Expressions of interest in employment

3. Brief restatement of qualifications

4. Final "Thank you"

Thank You - Thank You - Thank You - Thank You

Say it often . . . Say it with style!

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