The Power of Thank You

You are working hard on your job search; many of us treat it like a job. It takes time, and effort, and a little luck, and some skill. It also takes help. It’s your career, your job, but you’re not doing this on your own.

There will be people who offer you tips and leads, there will be people who introduce you to their contacts, there will be some who point you to a website with some open positions. Someone could tell you about a job fair, or a new place that opening and is looking to hire. A friend could share a story or a video on social media that helps you find a new purpose, or lead to a new career. You may have an information interview with someone who offers insight into your chosen field.

You may be working with a career counsellor who is helping you with your resume, or with your cover letters, or help you narrow or focus your job search.

There are also the people who read your resume, who interview you, who offer you a position.

You need to say thank you.

Not just because it’s good manners, though it is, but also because it’ll help. Especially with the interviews.

Your interview doesn’t end when you shake hands and walk out the door. You’re still leaving an impression with what you do or don’t do. Sending a thank you note–a card, a note, a voicemail, or an email–can really help your chances.

This article maybe says it best:

No “downside” really exists for sending a thank you note after a job interview, although most job candidates don’t bother to do it. Sending a thank you — if done reasonably well — will definitely not hurt your chances at a job.

Worst case, your thank you will be ignored.

Best case, it will improve the impression you left after the interview, making you stand out from your competitors. Few job candidates send thank yous.

There are lots of tools and tricks and templates available to help you write a great thank you, but what’s most important is that you do it. People love to help. But people also like to be acknowledged when they do.

Take a little time. Say thank you. That’s all it takes, and it’ll make your life and your job search a lot easier.


A colleague (Frances Moore) just passed me this really great resource for thank you emails.