The art of the thank-you note: Put your stamp on it

You got the interview.  You answered all the questions to the best of your ability. You did really well.  But what you choose to do next can help you land the job, the mentor or the opportunity.   

Send a thank you card.

Seems pretty simple.  Because it is.

A personally handwritten thank you card, sent to any person that takes the time to help you and your career, makes a big difference in your relationship.  Expressing appreciation is a win-win. The receiver feels good.  And this warm and personal gesture (sending a card) helps build your brand as a thoughtful person who expresses sincere gratitude for time or an opportunity provided.  In my career, I have become somewhat known for "being good at sending thank you cards." I have even had people tweet photos of my cards.  Not a bad thing.  Not a bad thing at all.

And if you design a unique card with your monogram on it, you increase the likelihood that your potential boss, mentor or client, will keep your card on their desk and literally look at your name every day.

Top thank-you card tips:

  • Leave a box of thank-you cards and stamps in the glove box of your car so they are always handy.
  • Never write the card before the interview or meeting.
  • Always add a personal message or detail from your meeting. You could make a note of wisdom, or mention an “a-ha” moment or a personal recommendation the interviewer shared.
  • Pop into the mail as soon as possible. Sure, email is faster, but with exploding email inboxes, they aren’t always read.

Bonus: If you walk out of that interview thinking, "Dang, I should have said… ", a handwritten thank-you card is the perfect place to include that forgotten point in writing.

About the author

Fawn Mulcahy has over 20 years of public relations experience in agency, client-side and consultation capacities. Currently the senior manager of sponsorship marketing with RBC, she worked on the 2010 Winter Games with both the Organizing Committee and Canwest.

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