Sample Thank You Letters For Looking A Job

As a candidate for a potential employer, the work you’ve put into landing the interview has been an investment of time. Concurrently, the courting employer has done its equal share of work. By sending a thank you note for their time, you avoid undermining your investment and show the employer genuine gratitude for the opportunity.

Failure to follow up could leave the impression you’re not interested enough to go the extra mile and reach out afterward. According to a survey by online job-matching service The Ladders, 75 percent of interviewers said that receiving a thank-you letter from a candidate affects their decision-making process.

“Beyond showing your enthusiasm for the position, a thank-you note also allows you to reiterate why you are the best person for the job,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of staffing firm Accountemps.

 

For candidates who are wondering whether it’s appropriate to send a handwritten note instead of an email, there’s no easy answer to this question. Although a handwritten letter may offer a quaint, personal touch, the organization will likely receive it too late for it to have an impact. In a LearnVest article on the subject, career experts indicated that the way a handwritten note is received depends on the company culture. This extra effort might be appreciated by a more “traditional” company or a nonprofit organization, but a fast-paced, modern startup may be put off by this outdated method of communication. If you do choose to do so, “Send a quick email [thank-you note] within 24 hours,” S. Chris Edmonds, author, and founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group said in another Business News Daily interview. “Mail your handwritten thank you within 24 hours as well. That way, it’ll arrive a day or two following your email note, adding gravitas to your thoughtfulness.” Ultimately, it should be what you’re most comfortable with based on your impression of the company