Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Saying Thank You Really Pays Off

By: Dominic Sheppard

Sending thank you notes, emails or letters are a great way to be remembered. On my desk I keep several Thank You Cards of graduates I have assisted with securing employment. I also keep a file of letters and emails, so that from time to time I can follow up with those who took the time to show their appreciation. It is proper procedure to send a Thank You Letter to an employer after the interview expressing your gratitude, but you should also do so to your professors, advisors, counselors and your externship supervisors as they took the time and consideration to work with you and give you the boost you need in your career.

On your job search, not only are you showing your appreciation and interest you are also reminding the employer about your qualifications as they may have interviewed several candidates and you want to stay fresh in their memory. This is also a great chance to state anything you may have forgotten to mention during the interview.

For your professors, advisors and externship supervisors, it will be a lasting impression that will make you stand out from the crowd. It always puts a smile on my face when someone takes the time and energy to say thank you with a card, letter or email.

You can email the thank you letter but sometimes it’s best to deliver it in person. You may not have to suit up the way you did for the actual interview, but do not dress down in jeans and sneakers. The best dress code to have when you visit the employer again is Business Casual.

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