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Samantha Greenfield

It's good manners to say thank you!

In this competitive job market, you need to leverage every opportunity to stand out. One great way to accomplish this is to send a thank you note after an interview.
Fewer than 5 percent of candidates send thank you notes! Take a few extra minutes to compose a thank you and put yourself back on the radar and ahead of the pack.

Provided you have neat handwriting and good spelling, it is a great idea to send a handwritten thank you note card. If your writing looks like chicken scratch, better off typing your sentiments.

In our geographic area, it typically takes only a day or two for your letter to be received by the person(s) who interviewed you. A lot goes by in two business days and it may be hard for a hiring manager to keep all the applicants straight let alone make a hiring decision. If your letter pops up on his or her desk a few days after your interview, I guarantee you will make a strong positive impression!

A few rules of thumb:
1. Send a thank you note to each person(s) who interviews you.
2. Try to reference some of your strengths, how they will benefit the company and your enthusiasm for the position.
3. In this e-commerce world, sending a thank you by email is acceptable, but my personal feeling is to actually do both!
4. Proof read everything you send to potential employers.
5. Even if you are not offered the job, you may want to send another note to thank them for their consideration and to keep you in mind if things don't work out.

I love to hear success stories! Please send me comments and feedback on how your job search is going!

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