Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to write a great thank you note

Looking for a way to stand apart from other candidates during a crowded job interview season?  After the interview concludes, send the potential employer a personalized thank you note. Sending a nice thank you note or card (as appropriate) shows a greater degree of appreciation compared to a perfunctory email or - god forbid - a text message (though the author thinks email correspondence is OK, sending an "old timey" letter is more likely calculated to leave a favorable impression on the recipient). It's the extra effort and thoughtfulness that it reflects which makes the difference. Accordingly, here are some tips from Julie Brush, founder of the legal career strategy website the Lawyer Whisperer, for writing the quintessential thank you note:

How to Write a Great Thank You Note

Sending a thank you note is a must after every meaningful professional encounter. Blow it off and your candidacy could be DOA or your reputation tainted.


Sending a thank you note is a must after every meaningful professional encounter. Blow it off and your candidacy could be DOA or your reputation tainted. A poorly written thank you could produce the same results. So what may seem like a quick and easy afterthought, the content of the thank you—what you say or don’t say—can play a much bigger role than you think. I have counseled scores of legal professionals on the art and skill of saying thank you—and over the years, have learned a great deal about what resonates … and repels employers. So before you put pen to paper or fingers to keys, I recommend that you give the content of your thank you some careful consideration and consider my advice below.


There is no secret sauce to writing the perfect thank you—as there are many ways to write an effective note of appreciation. But there are a few key guidelines to keep in mind:


  • Keep it short
  • The tone should be positive, friendly, professional and not overly formal or familiar
  • Express appreciation for the person’s time in meeting/speaking with you
  • One or two sentences about what you enjoyed about your conversation
  • Reiterate interest (if interviewing for a job)
  • No typos!
  • Fonts:  Should not be too big or too small, black color preferably, conservative/common font style
  • Refrain from emojis, smiley faces, winks and too many exclamation points (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Send within 24-48 hours of your interaction
  • Email is the standard form today, but if you’d like to opt for handwritten, go for it

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