July 21, 2013

The Art of Writing Thank You Letters

It feels good when someone goes out of their way to thank you. This goes for professional situations too. Writing a simple thank you letter is a must after job interviews, job offers, rejections, networking help, internships, and other professional situations. Get good at writing them because during the job hunt, you’ll write a bunch. Use the tips in this email to become a master at the art of writing thank you letters.

Thank you letters are viewed very highly by the people who receive them. It’s important to write a thank you letter as soon as possible after a job interview. Try to write it within 24 hours – this way people still remember you.

Always write a personalized, effective, and enthusiastic thank you letter to everyone who you had contact with at the company. Be clear and concise in your writing. You can either type an email or write a note by hand. If you use your email, be sure to include your professional email signature with hyperlinks to your web presence.

Writing a thank you note is simple. Here’s what you need to include:

  • A proper greeting
  • Express your sincere thanks
  • Make a specific reference to your interview, job offer, etc
  • Reinforce that you are the right person for the job
  • Thank them again
  • A sincere closing

It’s simple and you can write an entire professional thank you note in less than 5 sentences. That takes no time at all. Thank you notes help keep the lines of communication open. It shows that you are willing to put in the extra effort.

Be sure to write timely thank you notes to every person you meet at the company. Consider it networking. A well-written thank you letter may be the key to landing the job you’ve always wanted.

Apply for a job on JobMonkeyJobs today and get ready to write your first thank you note.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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