This week I received three thank you cards from individuals conducting job searches. What a surprise since none of them had purchased any services from me! Our only interaction had been brief phone conversations where we had discussed their challenges in the job market and I had made a few suggestions on how they could improve their resumes. I was impressed that these people had taken the time to acknowledge my time with them. And it made me feel appreciated to know that they weren't taking my time for granted.
In today's tight job market, there are a lot of people (job seekers AND employers) who are feeling overwhelmed, rushed, unappreciated and just plain tired. What a difference manners can make in easing the stress!
Here are three perfect times when a "thank you" can help you rise above the crowd. Remember, the preferred attention-getting method is handwritten or typed sent by postal mail. However, the most common method is email and is better than not sending a "thank you" at all.
1) Always, and I mean always, send a thank you following any job interview. If possible, individual thank yous should be sent to each interviewer you encounter. Pick up business cards at the interview to make sure you have correct name spellings and addresses.
2) Your references are precious commodities. Don't forget to thank them when they respond to employers on your behalf. When you land that right job, send a special thank you to each reference with information about your new position.
3) When a networking contact shares a job lead or gives you a referral, send them a thank you. Your database of networking contacts can become your career's life blood, a gold mine of resources to sustain you throughout your career, not just between jobs.
What other times come to mind when a thank you would be appropriate during a job search? Leave your suggestions as comments on this blog.