You wrote a strong resume and had a great interview. Now you have to wait for the company’s response. However, there is one more thing you should do in this process—write a thank you letter. Many people disregard this action as old fashioned and unnecessary, but some employers are greatly impressed by this. They are more likely to contact the person who keeps contact with them and shows an interest in getting the position.
In our technological and fast-paced society, this old-fashioned courtesy is often overlooked, but its importance cannot be underestimated.
Here are ten tips to create the right thank you letter.
• Keep it simple:
Limit your thank you letter to one page. Employers are busy and don’t have time to read a long, drawn out document.
• Talk about the interview:
Refer to important details of your discussion during the interview. This shows you were paying attention. Don’t forget to mention, politely of course, why you feel you are most qualified for the position.
• Be prompt:
You should send your thank you letter right after your interview. A thank you letter should be received within 48 hours. This will show the employer what kind of person you are and that you are really interested in attaining the job.
• Be professional:
Although it used to be considered inappropriate to send a thank you letter by email, if this was your way of contacting the employer, then you can send the thank you letter the same way. In this day and age, many people will read their email before opening their regular mail. If you are mailing your thank you letter, do it on plain white paper. Make it short, polite, and to the point.
• Mention your skills and experience briefly:
Make sure you re-emphasize your skills to reassure them of any doubts they may have about your ability to get the job done.
• Add extras:
If you forgot to mention a given quality you have, and it did not come up in the interview, make sure you mention it in your thank you letter.
• Be yourself:
Each person is unique and individual. As with everything in life, when you are yourself you will come across as more confident and honest. When you dedicate yourself to putting in the extra effort in the interview process, you are sending the message that you are willing to go the extra mile.
• Contact information:
Make sure you provide all of your contact information, such as your email, home and cell numbers. This will encourage the prospective employer to get in touch with you.
• Check it over:
Once you have written your thank you letter, make sure you edit and proofread it. Once you have read it after editing, have someone else read it for you. Even though a thank you letter is beneficial and your employer will appreciate it, do not ruin it by making silly mistakes.
• Close with a thank you:
Make sure you let your prospective employer know that you are thankful that they took the time to interview you.
Remember, a simple thank you letter may be the difference between getting the job and almost getting it.
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