The Purpose of a Thank-You Letter

Writing a thank you letter after an employment interview has become the norm, some employer’s think less of those candidates who fail to follow up with a thank you letter.

The purpose of a thank you letter is to acts as a follow-up “sales” letter, it will restate why you want the job, remind employer of your qualifications, how you might make significant contributions, discuss anything of importance that your interviewer neglected to ask, summarize a question you failed to answer well or you neglected to answer thoroughly, help to remind employer who you are and make yourself standout (among several candidates).

A normal timeframe to submit a thank you letter is normally Between 24 – 36 hrs after interview but try to do it sooner rather than later, it shows interest and enthusiasm.
There are different ways to send a thank letter:
• Send or drop off a thank you card
• Send an email
• Post a thank you letter

Each of these may have pros and cons but nonetheless it is something important and needs to be done after your interview.thank you note

Blogger Maribel-Sanchez Rojas is a student of the Career Consultant Certificate Program at Mohawk College. MCACESblogs aims to assist job seekers and peers with their search and career development. Be sure to share our info! Happy reading.

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Demystifying the thank you letter

Now that you are a true believer in the power of the thank you card (hint, hint) Here’s a few things you need to keep in mind when writing that riveting self-marketing piece.

1. Gratitude:

As my friend was quick to point out, the interview process is not fun for anyone involved. Not only did she have to take the time to prepare for the interview but she also had to account for the other participants schedules, then filter the resumes to find suitable candidates, call the candidates, etc. etc…well you get the picture!  So it’s definitely a good idea to begin your letter with a bit of gratitude.

2. Why you?

You need to reiterate why you are the best person for the position. You don’t have to go into a huge amount of detail just briefly touch on your skills, experience and relevant accomplishments.

3. Make connections:

This is when your personal touch should shine through. For example: If a particular interviewer asked you to elaborate about a situation on the job, speak to it directly, it’s easy during the stress of the interview process to forget the details so this is your chance to clarify the points you made and add additional positive information, such as glowing statistics (I increased sales by 50%!) plus the interviewer will be impressed with your memory and listening skills.

4. Problem-solving:

If you found out more about the company during the interview regarding an issue they’re facing or a major change they’re going through, speak to how your skills can help solve the problem.

5. I want to join your team!

It’s usually best to end the letter/card by re-stating sincerely why you want to join the company or organization. Usually the most compelling answer comes directly from the company’s mission or vision statement. By using their own terminology you will ensure they see you as a perfect fit.

Now send that letter and avoid a letdown!

Elaine Logie is a Career Consultant Student and MCACES Blogger. For more information about MCACES, our programs and services, be sure to visit our Fall 2013 Programs & Services info:Image

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