Handwritten thank you notes and using snail mail may seem like an ancient practice of the past to millennials but, when it comes to standing out after a job interview, you may want to consider resurrecting your old school ink pen and jotting down a proper “thank you,” in effort to impress execs and HR.
Patricia Rossi, a business etiquette coach and author of Everyday Etiquette: How to Navigate 101 Common and Uncommon Social Situations, told professional women’s website, Levo.com, “Whoever goes out of their way to hand-write a note will likely make an impact on the employer and be seen as someone ‘who goes the extra mile’â€.
But what’s the key to writing an outstanding thank you note? Rossi answers the big deal thank you note questions via Levo.com
What if I have really bad handwriting? Does that mean I shouldn’t write a thank-you note after all?
All handwriting skill-levels are welcome. “The number one hedge I get across the board is, ‘My handwriting stinks.’ So does the rest of the world’s!â€ says Rossi. “Print, print, print as legibly as possible. People love to get a thank-you note no matter what the handwriting looks like. It’s very authentic and personalized.â€
Since a thank-you note via snail mail might take a while to get there, should I send a thank-you e-mail, too?
Double-up, says Rossi. Email a thank-you message, and mail a handwritten note within a day or so after the interview. “The sooner the message is received, the greater impact it will have,â€ Rossi adds.
What about the design of the card? Is it safer to stick with something simple, or should I go with something that shows off my personality?
Depends on your industry. “If you’re interviewing for a creative field, then it can be more colorful,â€ Rossi says. A graphic designer, for instance, may like a thank-you note with more visual impact. For a conservative field, like banking, however, Rossi says it’s best to stick with something simple.
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