How to Write a Thank You Letter (w/Sample)
A simple thank you note to the interviewer can go a long way. Often times, job seekers either forget to send a thank you note or don't find the value of sending one at all. The truth of the matter is, employers expect a thank you note, so plan on sending one no more than a day after your interview. No exceptions.
The good news is that you can send your thank you note via e-mail. If you want to take it a step further and stand out from your competition, send the interviewer a thank you e-mail and follow it up with a hard-copy in the mail.
Here is the basic structure of a thank you note:
- Salutation. Dear Mr. ______ or Ms. _______ is a great way to start the letter.
- Paragraph 1 - Thank You. This is where you you thank the interviewer for taking the time out of his or her day to meet with you to discuss the position. You can also mention how excited you were to hear or learn of something going on in the company.
- Paragraph 2 - The Plug. Did you forget to mention something during the interview? Would you like to reiterate a certain point you made during the interview? Use this paragraph as your opportunity to do just that and mention how you're a great fit for the company.
- Paragraph 3 - Your 411. Provide your contact information here so the interviewer can easily contact you if they have any additional questions.
- Paragraph 4 - Thank You, Again. Say your final thanks to close off the letter.
- Closing. "Sincerely," is a safe way to end the note.
A sample thank you letter in its entirety:
Dear Ms. Jones,
I wanted to thank you for taking the time to speak with me regarding the Marketing Assistant position at ACME Corporation. I really enjoyed speaking with you and learning more about the new marketing campaigns that you have planned for the company.
The interview strengthened my enthusiasm for the position and ACME Corporation. I strongly believe that my graphic design and public relations experience supporting industry leaders, coupled with my positive and out-going personality will serve me well, and I am certain that I can make a significant contribution to your organization over time.
Please feel free to call me at (714) 555-1212, if you would like any additional information that my portfolio did not cover. I can also be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you once again for your time and consideration!
Resume, interview and other career-related articles written by Tony Lim of Jobonomics.com <http://www.jobonomics.com/>. Empowering Job Seekers.