The Power of Thank-You Notes
For example, perhaps you wrote the perfect cover letter, have an impressive resume, and your in-person interview went off without a hitch. You thought you had this job in the bag. But then the recruiter never called.
There’s a number of reasons why. But depending on the role you were applying for, there was likely another candidate who also executed the perfect cover letter, resume, and in-person interview. When the competition is tough, even the smallest gesture can mean the difference between getting the job or losing it to someone else.
Include thank-you notes. The reality is there are many candidates who never take this step. A handwritten thank-you note can separate you from the competition by demonstrating to your potential employer that you’re thankful they took the time to meet with you. It’s also a great way to put yourself back to the forefront of their mind by briefly recapping your qualifications.
But the art of thank you notes isn’t just for job searchers. They are a powerful communication tool that are effective in many situations, with the ability to improve relationships between you and your colleagues, clients, and employees.
For example, managers may write employees a thank you note for a job well done, or for bringing a positive attitude to the workplace, or for taking the lead on a new company initiative. These personal tokens of recognition are sure to boost morale and in turn improve productivity in the workplace.
At the end of the day, Thank-You notes – especially a hand-written Thank You – are most effective because they’re a gesture that clearly demonstrates thought and care. And in a world where we have become accustomed to the brevity of impersonal text and emails, a heartfelt, handwritten note is sure to be a refreshing change in nearly any professional situation.