Today’s episode is a quick one on why thank you notes are so important.
Find the full show notes for this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/28.
When someone makes time to help you with your career, whether it be networking, an information interview or a formal interview, it’s important to always show your appreciation and gratitude for that person by sending a thank you note.
Seems like a simple concept right? However, according to CareerBuilder.com, fewer than 25% of interviewees send a thank you note after a job interview. In addition to that, 22% of employers are less likely to hire a candidate who doesn’t send a quick thank you note.
Sending a thank you note is an opportunity to show your gratitude for someone and their time. It shows that you take time out of your day to appreciate people, know how the professional world works, that you follow through, and that you know how to communicate.
It also can be an opportunity for you to make another impression, say something that wasn’t covered or to clarify something you didn’t think was communicated well.
We may think a thank you note is pointless or even a waste of time, but I believe a thank you note is something to always set you apart and helps build deeper relationships.
And what’s the harm in it? If you send a thank you note out, it’s not going to hurt your chances of getting the job (if done right). If anything, it’s just going to make an impression on the person, making you stand out. And worst case scenario, you’ll be ignored but that’s it!
When you reach out to someone, you want them to remember you as the person who was nice and that you enjoy talking to. And not with the impression: What does this person want this time?