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The importance of thank you

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Posted on September 17, 2014 by Laurie Ward, chief marketing and communications officer.

Courtesy: morguefile.com Greeting card.

A wise man once told me, “none of us is promised anything in life.”

I’ll go one step further and add, “So we must be thankful for every opportunity.”

Not only should we be thankful, we need to express it. In this day of technology and social media, there are fewer opportunities for personal interactions if you don’t make a point of doing it. Often it’s easier to send a quick text that says “thnx!”

Thank you notes in your personal life are just good manners. They show the type of character you have. And they make the other person feel good. Who doesn’t want to be responsible for adding a little joy to someone’s day?

Thank you notes in your professional life go beyond that – they can actually help you get the job. In the age of digital, putting pen to paper is a way to distinguish yourself. According to an online survey, 75 percent of interviewers said that receiving a thank you note from a candidate impacts their decision-making process. In my own personal experience, if I look back at the five direct reports I’ve hired, four of them sent me a handwritten thank you note. For two candidates who are equal in every other aspect, the thank you note can tip the scale in one’s favor.

So what’s your excuse for not writing a thank you note?

“I don’t have time.”

It literally takes less than five minutes. It took you longer to read this post.

“I don’t have anything to write on.”

Take the time right now to go to Target or a card store and invest in a nice package of blank note cards. One trip and you’re all set for multiple rounds of thank you notes.

“I don’t know what to write.”

A good thank you note should incorporate a sentence of thanks for the opportunity to interview, express your interest in the position, recall something from the interview and make the case that you are the best candidate.

Dear Mr. Smith,

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and the other members of the search committee. After learning more about the dynamics of your organization, I am very excited about the possibility of joining your team. You mentioned [give example from conversation] is a critical component to this position. I feel I would excel at this. In my previous position, I [give one or two relevant examples].

Again, thank you again for this exciting opportunity. Please feel free to call if you need additional information. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jane Doe

You now have no excuse. Write that thank you note next time someone goes out of their way to help you at DelVal