Lori A. Jazvac, MRW
Don't Underestimate the Value of a Thank You Letter
So your interview went well – maybe even exceptionally well. But do not be so quick to rest on your laurels just yet. There is still work to be done.
The biggest mistake that jobseekers do is to stop the job search after a successful interview. Preparing and sending a well thought out, but concise thank you letter to the prospective employer indicating your interest in the position and pinpointing your fit for the position can solidify your favour with the interviewer.
Many candidates who fail to send a simple thank you note actually get passed up for the next phase, which is either the second interview or being offered the position. Thus, many jobseekers are then prone to becoming frustrated because of their lack of success at developing long-term relationships.
Even if you are not hired, the simple thank you note will remind the employer that in the event another position does present itself, you, the candidate, are being polite, respectful, and interested in further opportunities.
Thank you letters promote goodwill, but also represent good networking tools that show gratitude for the prospective employer's time and consideration.
Thank you letters are effective when they are personalized and addressed to the prospective employer and reiterate your fit and interest in the position at hand.
Gratitude does not stop there. Remember there a myriad of opportunities to show colleagues and other professionals gratitude, from endorsing them on LinkedIn to showing recognition in support of your goals. Keep in mind that the thank you letter or email is just one part of fostering ongoing career development.
For more information on crafting effective thank you letters, call Creative Horizons Communications at 905.730.2374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.