Yet another blog about job hunting tips! :)
Many of us get too busy, too lazy, or resent having to acknowledge that the employer holds all the cards. But sending a thank you note and/or email, formally thanking them for their time and consideration of you as a future employee is 100% awesome.
To stand out from the competition, after any job interview (even a phone interview), make sure you follow-up with a thank you note and/or email. This will show your potential employer two things:
a) You want this job enough to be thinking about it actively
b) You're mature enough to go out of your way to recognize and thank them for going out of THEIR way to give you the opportunity to interview.
It also serves to remind them of you (a big bonus if they are interviewing a batch of candidates).
- I generally write a quick thank you email the day of or the day after the interview.
- I use formal language, as I did in the resume and cover letter, and make it as professional as possible.
- I keep it short and sweet (i.e. "To Mr. Hiring Manager, Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the position of Blah with Company A. I am excited to become a potential employee of Company A because of yada yada. I appreciate your taking the time to meet with me and answer my questions about the position, and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Me").
- 3-5 days after the interview, I compose and send a thank you note. I say pretty much the same thing, though not word for word verbatim.
- For the thank you note, I use unassuming and gender-neutral thank you cards (the kind that are blank inside). Because it takes the post a few days to deliver, this is more or less a week-after reminder that I'm the best candidate for the position.
That's it! Just a few moments out of your busy, unemployed life to compose and send those, and you're already ahead of 95% of your competition.
Added bonus- follow up, mostly in terms of a card/note, works really well for after a swanky party (addressed to the hostess), freelance meeting (addressed to the hiring party), nice formal date (the equivalent of a follow-up call, but much less intimidating, and somewhat romantic to boot), etc. Stand out from the crowd! :)