Expand your network by sending thank you letters
Sending a thank you or follow-up letter within 24 hours of an
interview is not a new idea, but it is still a good idea. A key
reason to send a thank you letter is to nurture new and existing
relationships. Plan to send a thank you letter to all the people
that assist in your job search. This group includes the people
that you meet during an interview; your existing contacts that
provide written recommendations, and any friend (or friends of
friends) that offer career related leads or information.
Thank you is a good place to start relationships that will
greatly contribute to your ability to secure the right job in
record time! Unless you have a good reason for sending a card or
a handwritten letter to your target reader, plan to send an
e-mail that is easy to produce. Use the subject line to note
"thank you for the interview". This action demonstrates a
respect for their busy schedule and an understanding that they
may want to read this e-mail after they have read all their
Start every thank you letter by expressing your appreciation for
the interest and time that people have invested in your career.
Then, when you highlight that you are still interested in
securing a new challenge, take this opportunity to feature your
most relevant skills. For example, "My interest in working for
(the name of the company or organization) is stronger than ever,
and based on your description of the position, I know that my
previous experience in (specify) provides the expertise required
to make immediate contributions to your team."
End your letter using the "opening the door" technique. Your
closing paragraph for a thank you letter related to an interview
should clearly state when you will call to schedule a meeting
time. For example, "I would like to meet with you again to
discuss this position. If I do not hear from you within the next
five days, I will call you to schedule a convenient time to
meet. In the meantime, I will be happy to provide any other
information you may need to assist in your decision."
When you are writing to someone that has already provided
information, your "opening the door" approach will reflect an
appreciation for the assistance provided. In this situation,
focus on advising your contact that you will provide an update
on the progress of your job search. Your update should detail
how the information they provided contributed to your success.
Networking after the initial contact is easy when you have
something as important as thank you to communicate. Don't miss
this opportunity to expand your job search network!