The same etiquette applies in your career. Thank you’s play a dual role of gratitude and strategy: You show your appreciation, and in return you further a relationship. In today’s connected economy, relationship building is paramount whether you are in the middle of a job search, or trying to advance your career. And people are more likely to help others who show an appreciation for their help.
This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. No one is expecting a beautifully handwritten note on 100 pound paper. In today’s fast moving world where everything seems time sensitive, sending an email is not only more practical but also appreciated just the same. Here are 5 opportunities where you should be following up with a sincere thank you email.
1. After an interview
The most important step to take after a job interview is to send an email thanking your interviewer(s) for their time while also reiterating your interest and qualifications for the position. This should be sent within 24 hours – timeliness is especially important here as you want to remain top of mind in a sea of candidates vying for the same position so don’t bother sending a hand written note via snail mail.
Send a separate, individualized email to each person who interviewed you. If you want a second opinion before hitting send, have a friend you trust read the email.
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