My sister lives in the Seattle area and quit working for “the man” several years ago. She enjoyed a career at home in Internet Marketing. She was doing well until Google decided to change their algorithms making it extremely difficult for small websites to show up in Google web searches. So she decided to get back into corporate America and began her job search. The economy is still in recovery and it took her longer than she expected but she finally did land a good paying job. She credits her success to one simple tool – a thank you note. She told me that following up her interviews with a nice thank you note set her apart from other candidates.
Set her apart from other candidates? That’s odd. I’ve been doing career research for several years now and every article or website I’ve read recommends that applicants send a thank you note after meeting with their hopeful employer. Apparently that advice is not well received because many applicants fail to follow up in this very simple way. Remember that employers will often interview many applicants in a day and they will sit with a stack of resumes and interview notes from people just like you. In order to be successful in your career search – you not only need to score the interview and impress them with your accomplishments, you must also stay in their mind as someone who follows through a process completely. The thank you note is the perfect way to accomplish that goal.
My sister didn’t indicate whether she sent a physical thank you card or simply sent an email thank you. I think both would be sufficient but a hand written note would certainly be more rare these days – and therefore more note worthy in the mind of the employer. Either way this simple little edge should never be forgotten. So let me join all those other career advisers in suggesting you send a thank you note after your interview. It really is important.