Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – November

Do Thank-You Notes Matter?
By: Nancy Barry

When was the last time you sent a hand written thank-you note? I know writing notes may seem like torture, but please stay with me for a moment. If you want to stand above the crowd, I highly recommend you make writing thank-you notes part of your routine.

This is a great month to start. After all, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s the one time of the year we slow down to give thanks. We have so much to be thankful for and it’s extremely important we let the special people in our lives know how much we appreciate them. Make a list of all the people who have helped you in the last few months. Pick three people and send them a thank-you note.

It’s not as hard as you might think to write a personal note. They can be short and sweet. The most important part is you sent one – that’s what people will remember.

Do thank-you notes matter? In my book, When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know, I share this story. One of the members of my twentysomethings advisory board had found her dream job. She went through the interviewing process and was one of two final candidates.

She wasn’t offered the position. Through the interviewing process, she’d developed a good relationship with the hiring manager, so she decided to call to see why she wasn’t selected. The woman explained the only thing distinguishing her from the other leading candidate was a handwritten thank-you note the other one sent.

My friend sent a thank-you note via e-mail, but the other candidate sent both an email and handwritten note. The bottom line: Thank-you notes matter.

Promise me you’ll start writing more notes. Make it your goal to write at least four handwritten notes a month. This is a great month to get started!

~Nancy Barry

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