Does anyone write thank you notes anymore? Yes, they do. They don’t often lick a stamp or seal the envelope with wax, but most people do still take the time to say “Thank you” to those who do something nice for them.
Recently, Job Seeker “Stubs” shared the Thank You note he wrote to a manager who interviewed him over the phone. It was brief, polite, friendly and memorable:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you about your open position. I do believe that I have the skills that are defined in the job description and I know I have the soft skills needed for this position. Leading teams that drive toward measurable results is what I’ve successfully done in many of my previous functions. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
That’s it. The formula is so simple, anyone can do it, and it works for birthday gifts and dinner party thank you’s, as well. A good Thank You like the one Stubs wrote has four parts: introduction, emotion, memorable comment, warm close. Just plug in words that describe how you really feel, and your Thank You note is good to go.
Part I “Thank you for…” The person may or may not remember what he or she did for him, so Stubs named it.
Part II “How I feel about that is…” One sentence describing how you were impacted by what the person did. As a job seeker, Stubs let the manager know why he is interested in the job.
Part III “Something memorable is…” This line should make the reader smile, laugh, or at least nod knowingly. Job seekers use this line to underscore a quality they want the interviewer to remember.
Part IV “Let’s keep in touch.” Stubs politely let the reader know he would appreciate receiving the same gift, thought or favor – another interview – again soon.
Will Stubs get the job? We’ll see. A thank you note won’t guarantee anyone a job offer; but I’ve never heard of a manager turning down a candidate because they sent one.
Julie Desmond is IT & Software Engineering Recruiting Manager with George Konik Associates, Inc. Send your best thank you note – the one you sent or received – to Julie at email@example.com.