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Thank You Notes

The Importance of Thank You Notes
Career Development professionals often discuss the importance of resumes, cover letters, and interviewing in the job search. The thank you note cannot be neglected. In a tight job market, you need a competitive advantage over other candidates. You can increase your chances of being hired by writing them. Statistically, less than 10% of interviewees ever follow up with thank you notes. Imagine how positively that 10% will be viewed. A thank you note can make a candidate stand out from the rest of the pool.

How to Write a Thank You Note
Thank you notes should be sent as soon as possible after the interview. If you want the thank you note to have the most influence, it must be sent before the hiring decision is made. Thank you notes should not just say thank you. There are many opinions about them; however, here are some elements to include:

SAMPLE THANK YOU LETTER

APPLICANT'S NAME
Applicant's Address
Applicant's City, State, Zip
Applicant's Phone Number

Date of Letter


Employer's Name and Title
Company Name
Address
City, State, Zip

Salutation:

Thank you for meeting with me this past week to discuss my candidacy with ABC Corporation. I would like to reiterate my interest and enthusiasm in working in the Finance Department at ABC. After speaking with you, I can see how the analytical skills I developed at XYZ and as Financial VP of the Student Forum at Union would enable me to make an effective contribution at ABC.

I appreciated discussing the accounting career track with you, and was highly impressed with how ABC has developed its unique market niche in the accounting field. In addition, I enjoyed sharing our mutual interest in underwater basket weaving and love of ping-pong.

I look forward to the next step in the recruiting process, and will call you, as we discussed, in two weeks to follow up on my candidacy. Thank you again for your consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

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