The Value of the Written Word
kids we were taught to write thank you notes whenever
someone did something nice for us. Today, thank you notes
seem to be a thing of the past. In a job search they can
separate you from the rest.
résumé distinguished you from your competition. Now you need
to narrow the playing field even more by writing a thank you
note for the interview. Send a slightly different one to
everyone you interviewed with. It does not have to be long.
the recipient how much you enjoyed meeting him or her.
Comment on something you learned at the interview and end it
by telling them that you would really like to be on their
team. This can, also, be an opportunity to clarify something
from the interview or a chance to mention your strengths
it within 24 hours after the interview. If the company has
corresponded with you primarily via email then send a quick
note via email when you get home from the interview. ALSO,
send a longer version via snail mail.
Letters of Resignation
Always submit a letter of resignation.
Deliver it the same day that you verbally inform your boss that
you will be leaving. It will document the fact that you are
leaving and verify that you did, in fact, notify your employer
well ahead of time. Date the letter of resignation and give the
exact date of your last day at work there. Say nice things
about the company and thank them for the opportunities you
received there. This is not the time to vent anger and
hostility. You may need them as a reference in the future. Send
it directly to your boss but also send a copy to your personnel
They say that at least 60% of all U.S.
job openings are not advertised. They are filled through
personal contacts. If you substitute the word TALKING for
NETWORKING you might feel better about the prospect of doing
it. Those job are what is called the hidden job
The purpose of a networking letter is not to ask friends and
colleagues for a job but to ask for their help in finding a job
for you through their connections. Just about everyone is
eligible to receive a networking letter from you. Make the
letter as brief as possible. Don’t waste the reader’s time. Get
right to the point. Don’t leave the reader
If the letter is going to someone you do not know well then by
all means refresh their memory. If you met them at a conference
or a lecture or some association function remind them where you
If you know the recipient well, then get right to the point.
Tell them that you are about to be downsized and what position
you are looking for.
Tell the reader some of your strengths such as increasing
revenues, expanding production, building new facilities,
whatever they are. Come right out and ask them for leads. That
is what you are really interested in. Send them your résumé if
you think it will help.
End the letter by thanking them for their assistance. And offer
to help them with a future job search.