Writing a Thank You Letter
Job seekers could be roughly divided into two categories. There are people who believe that writing a resume or CV should be enough to get hired. They don’t care much about little details. They create their own resume and send out to different companies applying to different positions. The other category is the job seekers who believe they should have a strategy when seeking particular job. Such people understand that in most cases having a resume or CV is not enough to land an interview. They usually do a research of a company they are applying for before writing a resume or cover letter. As a matter of fact, they believe that having a cover letter along side a resume adds more chances for receiving an interview invitation. There is one thing that distinguishes people from the second group – having a thank you letter or follow-up letter as some may call it.
Thank you letter is a note of gratitude as well as an opportunity to address specific issues that were discussed during an interview. It is to be very concise, usually half a page. An interesting fact is that many job seekers ignore this opportunity, though it doesn’t take much time and efforts to develop a thank you note. In order to help job seekers with using the opportunities that are out there, we would like to provide some tips in regards to thank you letter writing.
1) Send out your thank letter within 24 hours after the interview. At least no longer than 48 hours, otherwise it won’t be as effective as it could have been.
2) Personalize the letter. Refer to something specific from the interview meeting (for example key challenges mentioned or something like that). Make sure you take the business card of a person you talked to during the interview in order to address the letter specifically to that person. If you haven’t done that you can always call the receptionist and ask for the name.
3) Make sure your thank you note is not going too far with the praise and appreciation. Your thank you note should sound genuine. If it doesn’t they are not going to believe you.
4) During any job interview there may occur certain misunderstandings. Often they arise when answering tough questions from an interviewing authority. A thank letter is a great opportunity to make your point if you failed to do this during the interview itself. Sometimes because of the stress, candidates also fail to mention very important points. If that ever happened, don’t worry because you can always add the point in a thank-you letter.
5) Don’t forget to keep it concise. HR authorities don’t have time to read lengthy letters. Thank you letter is no exception.
6) One of the most important tasks you can accomplish with the help of a thank you letter is to reinforce your interest in the position. Take the chance to emphasize your enthusiasm about working for the company by mentioning a positive thing you have discovered during the interview.
If you write a thank you letter that won’t guarantee employment. Well, as you may know nothing will. It is all about minimizing the risks and increasing chances. If that is something you might be interested in then you should try. In accordance with the recent statistics, most job seekers never send any follow up letters. So writing a thank you letter is really about making the difference.