Give Thanks, Get Hired
When you thank someone, be it an employer after an interview or a friend who gave you a job lead, you help satisfy their need to be appreciated. This can also propel you faster toward employment.
By Kevin Donlin
1) Whom do you thank? You already know to send a thank-you note to hiring managers after every job interview. But that’s the bare minimum.
You can spread more goodwill — and start more positive conversations about you — by writing and saying, “Thank you,” to every person you meet at a potential employer, starting with the receptionist. Every. Person. You. Meet. Ask everyone for a business card and give them yours in return. If someone is card-less, ask for their name.
Then, call the receptionist after the interview and ask for help in clarifying or spelling any names. You’ll avoid mistakes and leave a terrific impression by making that simple phone call.
2) How do you thank them? To be clear, you will write and mail one of those thank-you notes available at any office supply store (they come in boxes of 20-25), with a matching envelope, and a stamp. If your printing is neat, write your notes by hand. What if your handwriting is illegible? I used to suggest laser printing a thank-you note and then signing it, but no more. I’m now convinced that nothing beats a handwritten note. So take the time to print a note that’s legible.