Looking for a job isn’t easy. While many on a job hunt spend a good deal of time looking inward and focusing on the end goal, finding the right job usually requires some help. Consider the people who may have helped you along your path:
- Mentors who have never failed to guide you, giving you the knowledge you’ve needed to bring you to your current level of development professionally.
- Colleagues and associates who have fostered your professional development.
- People in your circle who have helped you investigate your career options and introduced you to people related to your chosen field of expertise.
- Friends who have proofread your cover letter and resume with a fresh set of eyes and caught potentially embarrassing errors.
- Your contact in HR! That wonderful person who may have helped pass your resume to the recruiter.
Keep in touch with all of your contacts as much as you can. You never know when you might cross paths with them again. Don’t forget to thank them, no matter what the outcome. Genuine gratitude is something that people always remember.
Send a thank-you email to your interviewer the day of the interview, after the business day ends. If you want to go the extra mile, send in a handwritten note the next day to really grab their attention.
Here are some tips to help you write a great thank-you note to your interviewer:
Be specific. State what the person has done and how it helped you.
Be sincere. Don’t use generic statements to express your gratitude. Explain why you are appreciative of their actions without sucking up too much.
Be enthusiastic. Show your interest in the job and the company as much as you can. (Be careful not to sound desperate.)
Provide follow-up information. Include other facts that needed further clarification in your note to avoid leaving things up in the air.
Take back an error. If you unconsciously uttered a statement that was viewed in a negative light, try to revisit the issue in the note.