When to Write Thank-you /
Thank you letters are
necessary to your job search
success, and interviews are not the only occasions
to send thank-you and follow-up letters. If you've ever
experienced helping or doing something for someone,
and not receiving a thank-you, you understand how
employers view this lack of courtesy on the part of job
A thank-you letter should be written after:
1. An interview;
Following an interview, write the interviewer a letter
expressing appreciation and thanks for the interview.
The purpose of this letter is to:
• Show appreciation for the employer's interest in you.
• Show your interest in the position and in the
• Remind the employer about your qualifications for
the position. If you thought of something you forgot
to mention in the interview, mention it in your
follow-up / thank-you letter.
• Demonstrate that you have good manners and know
to write a thank-you letter.
• Follow up with any information the employer may have
asked you to provide after the interview.
2. A person has been helpful to you in a telephone
conversation or in an e-mail;
3. Someone has sent
information to you at your
other reason for which you want to express
thanks to somebody.
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