“Thank You” notes sadly seem to be a dying art these days. If you want a client to recognize your level of interest in a job, a short but sweet thank you email will help you stand out from the crowd. While nothing replaces a handwritten thank you, lately we find ourselves encouraging emails as they are faster than snail mail which really counts in a climate where hiring decisions are made in a day. Although email correspondence feels less formal, please refrain from taking an informal tone when emailing your thank you. Emoticons 🙂 , texting language (LOL) and abbreviations “u” or “thx” are inappropriate, and for heavens sake, no matter how much you like your potential employer, please don’t add any hugs and kisses (xoxo) beneath your signature!
Hopefully, you will get good news from your potential employer, but if not, please don’t panic. Employers are busy (hence they need to hire!) and there may be ongoing issues that have nothing to do with you causing a potential delay. Do NOT contact them daily, or even weekly, as this will make you appear desperate. And don’t suspend your job search while waiting for a decision, no matter how badly you want the job.
Sending a thank you note won’t guarantee a job offer, but it certainly won’t hurt, and as we all well know, it’s competitive out there and we need to give it our all, all the time.
To follow is a sample thank you we recommend sending after an interview or working trial:
Dear Mr/Mrs X [even if they introduced themselves by their first name, please use their formal name here],
Thank you very much for taking the time today to interview me for the position of [Personal Assistant, Nanny, etc]. I appreciate the opportunity to learn more about this job, to meet you and [any other staff members, family members, pet names, etc], and to see your [offices or home].
Reference anything that will show you were paying attention during the interview like: I appreciate your dedication to your children’s education, I loved seeing Henry’s baseball collection, I loved your office environment, or Annie in Reception was lovely.
Reference the “connection” you may have made, i.e.: I love that we are from the same hometown, or I loved meeting another Berkeley alum- Go Bears!
I am excited about this opportunity to [work for your family or join your company]. Please do not hesitate to email or call me should you have any questions or need any additional information.
Lastly, THANK YOU for reading this.