Thursday, May 12, 2011

everthing from soup to nuts

Act One - Scene One

Thank you for coming in today. We'll let you know about our next steps.

Great, thank you. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Act One - Scene Two

[You are done with your interview. You really want the job. You are sitting there in your new suite and wondering what's next.]


Say it with me folks, THANK YOU NOTE.

Yes, you are psyched up that you had a great connection with your potential next boss. You are cool with the commute. You've even crossed out your bosses name on the business card he/she gave you and written in your own. This could be it. Your next job.

Only you don't get it. Why? Because you were one of the 22 percent of people who didn't write a follow-up thank you note. CareerBuilder released a survey that shared, "more than one-in-five (22 percent) hiring managers say they are less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t send a thank-you note after an interview".

Good news my electronic community, 89 percent of hiring managers say sending this follow-up acknowledgement through email is cool. Heck, 50 percent prefer it! I know you are disappointed about having just bought a bunch of forever stamps. Write your mom instead. 'Cause an email is a quicker, cost effective way of becoming a real contender for employment.

Consider the following best practices before you press Send:
  • send it immediately after the interview
  • thank the employer for the interview
  • restate your interest in the position
  • give one or two keys reasons why you feel you are the best candidate for the job


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