A thank you letter, also known as the follow-up letter, is an important part of the job search process. It can also serve as a marketing tool in support of your job search.
Benefits of Sending Thankyou Letters
When sending a follow up letter after a job interview you can remind the employers of your skills as stated in your resumes and interview. You can also talk about any additional benefits of hiring you after you have had time to ponder over the interview.
You should send a thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview.
A well constructed letter can show off certain qualities to employers such as consideration, organization and professionalism.
Do not skip the thank you letter as it can make a good impression on an employer, especially at a time when he has a decision to make and choose between several candidates.
A thank you letter is like a sales letter and it is a quick and easy way of furthering your cause of finding a job. You may need to use the ‘Thank You’ letter under several different kinds of circumstances in your job search process.
Some such events would be:
- Job Interviews
- Informational Interviews
- Providing References
Here’s a sample letter in generic form so that you can quickly adapt it to your particular situation:
Ronald G. Ehrenberg
103 Lancaster Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010
January 20, 2005
Mr. Tom Watson
620 East 17th Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dear Mr. Watson:
It was a pleasure to speak with you during my interview on 20th January regarding the managerial position available at NovaVision Corporation.
I sincerely appreciate the time you took to discuss the new plans of your company and how I might contribute as a manager to the effectiveness of the software department.
I am very excited about the chance to work with your great software team. I am confident that my knowledge about programming and my experience with leading and motivating team members will allow me to be a significant contributor to the company.
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Ronald G. Ehrenberg
You may need to create additional letters of thanks even after your job search is complete. Some circumstances that may arise requiring a thank you letter may be the following:
- Letter to a customer
- Letter for a referral
- Letter after a business meeting
All these letters can allow your business to show gratitude to your customers and make them more loyal to your brand or company.
Even if you start a business of your own, you may need to send thank you letters to certain customers. The extra attention will reflect positively on the reputation of your business.
Thankyou Letter Tips
You can find many generic letter templates for free on the World Wide Web. You can also find many samples specific to career fields and situations which you can adapt for your own use.