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Why Thank-You Notes Are Important

Saying “thank you” is just as important as saying “please.” Sometimes, in our hectic job search, we forget all people who are helping us. Developing your ability to thank people is a great life skill.

When you are looking for a job, you are asking people to take time out of their busy schedules to help you. It is appropriate to thank anyone in your network who:

  • Refers you to an employer (whether you get the job or not)
  • Provides a reference
  • Proofreads your documents
  • Is your practice partner for an interview or cold-calling practice
  • Does something helpful for you
  • Interviews you

People get a lot of emails these days, along with flyers and unwanted mail. Most people consider it a tremendous treat to get a piece of mail from someone who appreciates them, so make an effort to send a handwritten note. You don’t see many people with thank you emails tacked up in their offices, but you do see people that hang on to a card that they received in the mail or that was hand-delivered. These special cards may be tacked up on a bulletin board in their office, on their refrigerator at home, or on top of a mantel.

Designing a Thank-You Note

With the availability of speciality printer paper, you can print a thank-you card that matches the branding attached to your portfolio (particularly if you have a logo); or you could visit the card store and, for a very reasonable price, purchase a box of thank-you cards. Whatever option you choose, it is important you handwrite your message. Even if you are a messy writer, try your best. This is a personal note. Your message does not need to belong, just sincere.

Thank-you notes are becoming accepted practice in the job search industry, no matter the level of job you are looking for, and no matter if you are a man or woman. This is a good habit to develop. Putting your name back in front of that prospective employer or network doesn’t hurt either.

Crafting Your Message

Sample messages include:

  • Thank you so much for referring me to Jaber at Inc. This connection has really helped me in my job search.
  • Thank you for inviting me to the interview yesterday. It was a pleasure to learn more about your company, and I look forward to hearing from you again.
  • Thanks for letting me practice my interview skills. I feel much more confident about answering those hard questions!
  • Thank you very much for proofreading my portfolio. I feel confident in offering it to potential employers now. Your help has been invaluable.
  • Thank you for being my reference. I have been given the job offer at MedEx and am looking forward to some big changes. I appreciate your help.

In the space in your guide, write a thank-you note to someone who has helped you.

Now you are ready to prepare for your interview.

I’ve enjoyed being your coach, and I wish you great success jump-starting your new career.