Thank You Notes


Should you still send a thank you letter?

Summary

Thank you letters. Should you send a thank you after your interview?

The purpose of the thank you letter was originally exactly that – – thank you. The unintended benefit was that you put yourself in front of the firm one more time, put yourself in front of the employer one more time. It was a reminder.

The history of thank you letters is that you mail them 100 years ago. You mail them 10 years ago. Because they got there a few days after the interview it was one last reminder for the firm that was hesitating. These days, it doesn't work to mail a thank you letter. It's really about an email and if and when you should send it.

1 of the advantages of a thank you letter is that it communicates interest. You're going to go an extra step and express that and have a selling opportunity. That's really the key. If we were going to do is send a thank you letter that says, "I just want to thank you for making time today. I believe I agree qualifications for the role. I look forward to hearing from you about next steps," that's not a useful letter because it really nothing to sell you as being the solution to a problem.

If you sell yourself in this way, "I want to thank you for making time tonight. I was thinking about our conversation and I wanted to drive home a few points with you." Then you start selling yourself in the context of your qualifications for the role. If you start promoting yourself and your capabilities to solve the problem, "My mind is really been racing since our conversation thinking about different ways I could contribute. I was wondering if we might be able to get together next week for another conversation (another interview) and I can discuss some of those thoughts I've had." That is a useful thank you letter.

That works for certain types of positions. However, if you are an administrative assistant, if you are in a role like customer service, stick with the "enthusiasm approach" and reinforce that you are qualified to do the job. For example, if you work at a call center, you might say, "Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I just want to let you know how interested I am and I want to drive home a few points with you." Then you might list some things that were in your resume... "I handle 15% more calls than the typical call center person without escalation." If you're an accountant, you might say, "I have yet to miss a deadline in my time with my firm. I hope the organization save X amount of money by doing such and such. I'm the kind of person who thinks after hours about ways to improve operations..." On and on and on. You start emphasizing additional qualities about yourself that may have surfaced in the interview, but may not have surfaced of the interview that really allow you to differentiate yourself from others.

"I have a lot of enthusiasm for this kind of work. Would be possible for us to continue the conversation next Tuesday?" That becomes a way that you are making a suggestion and if they don't respond in a timely way, there is a message to it. The message may be that they are not interested or they may not be ready to move forward. Remember, it is 1 of those 2. After all, if they are excited, they leap all over it. Remember, it doesn't mean that they are not interested AND it could be that they are not interested. It may also mean that they're not ready because they have other people on the agenda to meet with.

Thank you letters can go a long way toward helping you IF YOU THINK OF THEM AS ANOTHER SALES DOCUMENT. If you think of them as an ordinary "thank you," then, they are really crap.

One more thing. They used to be mailed. You can't mail them anymore because they don't get there at any time before they make a decision because by the time they get there by mail, they already made a decision. You have to send it out the next day by email at the very latest. If you have a 9 AM interview, it has to go up by 9 AM the next morning. If you have had a 5 o'clock interview, it should really be sent by noon the next day. I know that's not 24 hours, but is still the idea that you are excited, you have been thinking about it, you want to reinforce of drive home some of the things that were said at the meeting or, based upon what they said, you start thinking about…" You get the idea.

Again, you state you letters as a sales tool. They will help you. Are they a guarantee that you're going to get hired? Of course, not. They can certainly separate you from the person who doesn't do anything, who doesn't want to communicate interest. 1 of the reasons that has that effect is that employers, when they get to the point of deciding that they want to make an offer, they want the offer to be accepted. They see someone who is excited as being someone who will join them versus the person who is cool and detached and may have great skills, but is less interested or expresses less interest. It's embarrassing to manager to extend an offer that gets turned down.

Get your thank you letter out start racking up some points.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

 

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EP 805 Should you still send a thank you letter?

Summary

Thank you letters. Should you send a thank you after your interview?

The purpose of the thank you letter was originally exactly that – – thank you. The unintended benefit was that you put yourself in front of the firm one more time, put yourself in front of the employer one more time. It was a reminder.

The history of thank you letters is that you mail them 100 years ago. You mail them 10 years ago. Because they got there a few days after the interview it was one last reminder for the firm that was hesitating. These days, it doesn't work to mail a thank you letter. It's really about an email and if and when you should send it.

1 of the advantages of a thank you letter is that it communicates interest. You're going to go an extra step and express that and have a selling opportunity. That's really the key. If we were going to do is send a thank you letter that says, "I just want to thank you for making time today. I believe I agree qualifications for the role. I look forward to hearing from you about next steps," that's not a useful letter because it really nothing to sell you as being the solution to a problem.

If you sell yourself in this way, "I want to thank you for making time tonight. I was thinking about our conversation and I wanted to drive home a few points with you." Then you start selling yourself in the context of your qualifications for the role. If you start promoting yourself and your capabilities to solve the problem, "My mind is really been racing since our conversation thinking about different ways I could contribute. I was wondering if we might be able to get together next week for another conversation (another interview) and I can discuss some of those thoughts I've had." That is a useful thank you letter.

That works for certain types of positions. However, if you are an administrative assistant, if you are in a role like customer service, stick with the "enthusiasm approach" and reinforce that you are qualified to do the job. For example, if you work at a call center, you might say, "Thanks for making time to speak with me today. I just want to let you know how interested I am and I want to drive home a few points with you." Then you might list some things that were in your resume... "I handle 15% more calls than the typical call center person without escalation." If you're an accountant, you might say, "I have yet to miss a deadline in my time with my firm. I hope the organization save X amount of money by doing such and such. I'm the kind of person who thinks after hours about ways to improve operations..." On and on and on. You start emphasizing additional qualities about yourself that may have surfaced in the interview, but may not have surfaced of the interview that really allow you to differentiate yourself from others.

"I have a lot of enthusiasm for this kind of work. Would be possible for us to continue the conversation next Tuesday?" That becomes a way that you are making a suggestion and if they don't respond in a timely way, there is a message to it. The message may be that they are not interested or they may not be ready to move forward. Remember, it is 1 of those 2. After all, if they are excited, they leap all over it. Remember, it doesn't mean that they are not interested AND it could be that they are not interested. It may also mean that they're not ready because they have other people on the agenda to meet with.

Thank you letters can go a long way toward helping you IF YOU THINK OF THEM AS ANOTHER SALES DOCUMENT. If you think of them as an ordinary "thank you," then, they are really crap.

One more thing. They used to be mailed. You can't mail them anymore because they don't get there at any time before they make a decision because by the time they get there by mail, they already made a decision. You have to send it out the next day by email at the very latest. If you have a 9 AM interview, it has to go up by 9 AM the next morning. If you have had a 5 o'clock interview, it should really be sent by noon the next day. I know that's not 24 hours, but is still the idea that you are excited, you have been thinking about it, you want to reinforce of drive home some of the things that were said at the meeting or, based upon what they said, you start thinking about…" You get the idea.

Again, you state you letters as a sales tool. They will help you. Are they a guarantee that you're going to get hired? Of course, not. They can certainly separate you from the person who doesn't do anything, who doesn't want to communicate interest. 1 of the reasons that has that effect is that employers, when they get to the point of deciding that they want to make an offer, they want the offer to be accepted. They see someone who is excited as being someone who will join them versus the person who is cool and detached and may have great skills, but is less interested or expresses less interest. It's embarrassing to manager to extend an offer that gets turned down.

Get your thank you letter out start racking up some points.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

Do you have a quick question you would like me to answer? Pay $50 via PayPal to TheBigGameHunter@gmail.com  

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

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Should I Send a Thank You Letter Before The Weekend? | Job Search Radio

Should you send a thank you letter before the weekend or just wait till afterwards?

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Summary

Should I send a thank you letter before a long holiday weekend or after?  Either or.

Many people would say, “Don’t send it before the weekend.”  After all, the person is probably trying to get out the door, isn’t real interested, wait until Tuesday.  Some people will say that by Tuesday they may have forgotten about you anyway.  What do you do? It’s quite a dilemma.

Send one before the weekend. And, if you don’t hear anything from them, send one afterwards!

You could send one Tuesday, late in the day saying, “I just want to make sure you saw this. I know you’re busy.  You may have left early on Friday, but I just want you to know that I was interested in the opportunity. I really appreciate that the time that we spent with one another.  I look forward to hearing from you about next steps.

It doesn’t have to be one or the other.  There is the 3rd way and I think that one is the better way.

 

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You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

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Should I Send a Thank You Letter Before The Weekend?

 

 Should you send a thank you letter before the weekend or just wait till afterwards?

Do you really think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn http://bit.ly/thebiggamehunter

FAQ’s on Thank You Letters

Good recruiters tell jobseekers to send a thank you note after an interview. To address the most frequently asked questions on how and what to send in a thank you note, here are some thoughts.

Won’t the employer think that I am desperate if I send a thank-you letter?

Of course not.

Rarely is an employer unhappy to receive a thank-you letter. It is considered a way of showing politeness, a gesture of courtesy, one way to outshine the rest of the interviewees, and a way to keep your name in front of their thinking.

Won’t it jeopardize the possibility of getting the job? Not in most cases, but it could. So why take the chance?

Answer: Many managers waver between two finalists after the last interview for a position when they receive a thank-you letter from one it made all the difference.

Should it be handwritten or word processed?

What’s most important is the thought of doing it and the speed with which it arrives. It needs be tailored to the specific person and not a standard form note and arrive within 24 hours so as to arrive before a decision is made. Thus, word processing the note and emailing it is the way to go.

So email the thank you note?

YES!

Make sure your note is spell-checked, visually checked for errors, and is grammar checked. There are candidates who were on the verge of being hired but were rejected after emailing a sloppy thank you letters that used poor grammar and typos.

Will a borrowed thank-you letter do?

Yes, but make sure the note written “sounds” like the way you speak and is not a super-polite, formal note. Speak person to person, not person to manager.

If it was a group or panel interview should thank you letters be sent to all interviewers?

Yes

Thank you letters are an extra opportunity to create a favorable impression. They don’t always work AND not sending one misses an opportunity.

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Should You Bother Sending Thank You Letters?

Someone in my office sent a video to us showcasing one of his clients being interviewed by ABC News about thank you letters after an interview. Every HR person interviewed enthusiastically approved the notion of sending thank you letters. Some went so far as to lavish praise over those who sent handwritten thank you letters.

Let me let you in on a dirty little secret.

There are three things a thank you note will do.

1. Get you rejected because it demonstrates how poorly you write

2. Give you an opportunity to highlight certain skills you have that may have been either overlooked by the interviewer or because you did a poor job presenting them or

3. Absolutely nothing.

Statistically, thank you letters do nothing because they arrive far after a decision has been made, In 40 years of doing recruiting, I have never heard an employer say, “You know, we rejected this person from consideration but their thank you letter changed our mind.”

But do a poor job and they will definitely get your candidacy rejected. I have heard employers say, “We were going to bring So and So back for another interview but their thank you letter was terrible . . . and they would site poor grammar or spelling as a basis for rejecting someone. There is no excuse for either in a day when spelling and grammar checking is built into word processing software.

From time to time, I hear of a thank you letter persuading an insecure or uncertain manager to have another conversation with someone. No disrespect to HR is meant in this next statement–Despite what those said on video, HR never changes its mind about someone based upon a thank you.

As for handwritten thank you letters, they are a waste of time. By the time they are delivered by the postal service, a decision was made two days before.

If you are going to send a thank you, make sure you

1. Email thank you’s to each person you met

2. Make each one a little different

3. Use them as an opportunity to explain how your experience fits what was specified by them as being sought in the interview

4. Express your interest in the job.

If you are not interested in a position, do not send a thank you letter unless it is to tell someone that you are not interested in the job.

Sending a thank you when you are not interested is like telling someone you dated for the first time that you will call them again and not.

Very bad manners.

So, there is nothing wrong with sending a thank you letter after an interview but don’t expect too much from yours. Statistics bear out that they are a general waste of time.

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