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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

Sage advice like this is priceless.

Resume thank you letter

Are “thank-you” notes / letters important?

Absolutely. For many recruiters they are expected. It makes you look organized and thoughtful at the very least. It also gives you an opportunity to play back key points made during the interview and shows your enthusiasm and interest in the position

If a recruiter isn't getting many of them then it’s another way to distinguish you from other applicants. On the other hand, if other candidates are sending a thank-you note, then it will appear that you lack interest or follow-through if you do not send a note.

Any opportunity to stay in touch with your prospective employer is good, because it will be very difficult for them to remember you a few weeks after your last meeting.

Try to send it in a timely manner – no more that 5-7 days after the interview. It doesn’t need to be a long letter, just a simple thank you and a restatement of your interest in the position. The letter should be personal, capturing on points in the conversation where you felt you made a connection.

A recruiter might not always notice if they don’t get a thank-you note from a candidate but they will notice a poorly written one.

These notes can be even more important for the sales professional. It shows if you are a person who is professional and gracious, two very important qualities in any sales person developing and maintaining key account relationships.

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