Is it old-fashioned to send a
handwritten thank-you note after an interview?
In this video I’m going to
show you the best practices of using
thank you notes so that way you stand
out from the competition and win the job.
大家好 我是伊恩·詹金斯 “求职秘籍”网站创始人
Hi I’m Ian Jenkins, founder of JobHuntingSecrets.com
where we equip job seekers like you
to find the right job in less time.
Now imagine for a moment you just finished an interview.
You’re excited and exhausted at the same time.
You feel like it went well,
so you’re headed home to put your feet up
and relax with good conscious.
But you know what? But winning the job is about
demonstrating the value that you can
bring to a future employer.
[Music]Show me the money.[Laugh]
…and showing them that you’re motivated and
proving that you just have excellent people skills.
Now, nothing does all three of these things better
than a handwritten thank-you note.
Now you might be they can Handwritten? Seriously?
Isn’t that a bit old-fashioned?
Showing your gratitude for someone
else’s time is never old-fashioned and
it’s never going out of style.
So why is a handwritten thank-you note
going to help you land your next job?
There’re several reasons.
First is that it’s personal.
When you write a handwritten note from you, you know
it’s not from hallmark and it adds that personal touch.
Second is it’s evidence.
Evidence that you have personal and
people skills because you remember to show gratitude.
Third is it’s a measure of interest.
It shows that you’re unquestionably interested in the job
because you put in the effort to write a personal note.
Fourth is that it differentiates you.
In all my years of hiring, I can count the number of
candidates who sent me a personal
thank-you note on just one hand.
What a simple way to differentiate yourself in
a very competitive job search.
Fifth is that it makes you memorable.
A thank-you note makes you unforgettable almost
like the…like the aftertaste of a Ben & Jerry’s icecream.
Sixth is that it gives you the
opportunity to correct any wrong
impressions that they may have gotten of you during the interview.
Now looking at this list over here.
Do you see why thank-you notes are so powerful?
Then make it a point to send one to each person that
you meet in every interview.
So you might be thinking
when’s the best time to send a thank-you note?
What should it say and how should it be sent?
Well let’s start off with the first one: timing.
Your handwritten thank-you note should be
sent no later than 24 hours after the interview.
Now personally I recommend sending it at the same day of the interview
so that way the person gets it while
you’re still fresh in their mind.
Now if you happen to have traveled a long distance to participate in an interview,
bring your stationery and your post stamp with you,
so that way you can mail it from the city of
the interview before your trip back home.
Now what should you write in your thank-you note?
Here’s a real simple example.
Dear Nina, it was a pleasure to meet you during the interview today.
I’m excited about the sales operations role because I could
quickly help sales managers accurately
forecast their quarterly revenues in less than 30 days.
I would like to confirm my interest in the role and I’m
looking forward to meeting John in the next interview.
希望能保持联系 祝一切顺利 伊恩”
Speak to you soon. Best regards, Ian.
You see, this note helps me stand out.
It confirms that I’m interested in the job,
and it tells them where I think I
can make the biggest difference.
Now once you’ve got that note written,
if you’re going to be sending it via snail mail,
make sure to post it as soon as possible.
But if you’re going to send it through overnight mail
or through a messenger service,
send it towards the end of the 24-hour period.
See the advantage to sending via
overnight and messenger is that you’ll
know exactly when it’s been received by the manager.
When it comes to whether or not
you should write handwritten thank-you notes,
the answer is a big yes.
It’s a quick way to rise to the top of a
very competitive candidate pool.
Now based on your experience how have
thank-you notes helped you in your job search?
I’d love to hear from you, so share your
experiences in the comments below.
And I hope you found this video valuable.
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