Quick Tip: Write an Interview Thank You Letter

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Quick Tip: Write an Interview Thank You Letter

By: Donna Monday

You've had your interview and it went well. Now what do you do to make a lasting impression on your interviewer?

Send them an interview thank you letter.

While writing thank you letters isn't required (most people don't send them), it's very smart, as well as, courteous, to write post interview thank you letters and send them to all your interviewers.

In today's highly competitive job market your thank you letter will signal that you are professional, courteous and that you really appreciate the employer taking the time to interview you.

Online you can find free thank you letters, or sample interview thank you letters. Use these examples of thank you letters to create your own glowing words of appreciation. No matter how busy the prospective employer is, it's always nice to receive a genuine "thank you."

Make a habit of sending out job interview thank you letters and see how quickly you find yourself in the pool of top candidates.

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Donna Monday


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silentMP5killa 21.03.2009. 22:02

What are some quick tips for applying for a sales associate position at a retail store? I want to work at Hot Topic and Hollister. I'm 18.
Do you have any quick tips for how to get the job?

silentMP5killa

Admin 21.03.2009. 22:02

Smile alot, tell the interviewer your skills like "I love working with people, I am a fast learner, I am educated in how to use computers. I am a people person." You have to really sell yourself. Retail positions often have TONS of applicants so you need to make yourself stand out from the stack of applications on the manager's desk.

One thing I really need to tell you, which someone else on here told me, is to if you get an interview drop off a thank you card the next day. In the thank you card say something like "Mr. Joe Smith, I just wanted to thank you for taking time out of your day to interview me. I am very interested in this position of sales associate and I am looking foreword to hearing from you. Sincerely, Jane Doe."

If they gave you a specific date on which they would contact you and let you know you got the job or not say "I am looking foreward to hearing from you on "the date they said."

I did this and I got the job I am working at right now. Most people don't think of doing thank you notes and there have been tests ran that showed that when someone had written a thank you note, they were more than 2 times more likely to get the job.

Don't hesitate to call about the job either, but avoid making a pest of yourself. You want them to know you really want the position.

Another note of advice, even though it is not necessary for this position, but make a business letter and a resume. This will show the manager that you are serious and mature and you took enough time out of your free time to make up these items for them. At the bottom of your business letter do not forget to put "Enc. Resume" so that they will know that there is supposed to be a resume along with the letter just incase it were to get separated.

This is the best I can tell you but I assure you if you take these steps you will double your chances at landing the job you want. It worked for me! good luck hon' !!!

Admin

Illuminessa V 28.10.2009. 06:32

Do you know any effective tips I can use for my resume? I'm in the process of applying for a different job and would like my resume to stand out. Do you know of any tips I can use so my resume gets noticed?

Illuminessa V

Admin 28.10.2009. 06:32

Have a good cover letter because that's what employers read first before reading your resume.
10 Tips on How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

strmywtrs 16.11.2009. 15:43

Help with writing a recent college grad cover letter? I graduated in May and am looking to get involved in a human services field. However, the majority of my work experience involves cooking, and since I graduated I've been working as a laborer for a party center. I did go to a reputable school which involved intensive writing and discussion, though I don't know how much that can be discussed in the letter. Thanks for any help.

strmywtrs

Admin 16.11.2009. 15:43

10 Tips on How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

Lala L 16.08.2009. 02:43

How should write my cover letter for a house manager position? http://i676.photobucket.com/albums/vv127/xo_lexie/005.jpg
job description above

-Past experience: hosted summer camps; organized an environmental events. worked at a supermarket and arby's.

I need to pay more attention to the middle paragraph:
http://campusapps2.fullerton.edu/Career/images/jobsearch/letter_01_cover0.gif

Please give me some ideas! Thank you so much!

Lala L

Admin 16.08.2009. 02:43

These tips apply to any kind of cover letter:

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

Aaron 25.02.2010. 16:02

What is a cover letter? And what important facts should be included on my job resume ?I am a tradesman.? I have been working for 30 years and never had to complete this process any help world be appreciated. Should tr include previous employers phone #? What should I Include and not include?

Aaron

Admin 25.02.2010. 16:02

Hi! Here are 10 Tips on How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

five_on_it 13.02.2008. 17:31

I have an interview with my current boss for her old position. I need some helful hints on writing a thank you for the interview letter and also any other tips on how I can stand out. There is one other person in the depatment that is also interviewing for the job. help please!

five_on_it

Admin 13.02.2008. 17:31

Good question!

While you may get some quick responses here, your best bet is the folks over at Monster.com who have a huge section of advice on cover letters, thank you letters, and the whole range. I always recommend them for questions like yours.

If you spend a little time there, you'll find sample letters for all sorts of jobs and positions.

About.com also has some great career advice and resources!

Good Luck!

Admin

MRose 13.08.2006. 05:02

Can you apply to work at all the stores in the mall at once? or do you have to go to each store? Can I go to the info desk and fill out one application and have it go to all the stores in the mall? Or do I have to go to each individual store? The mall here is HUGE, and usually pretty busy, it seems like it would be quite a hassel to go around to every store.

MRose

Admin 13.08.2006. 05:02

You have to apply to each store you want to work for. The best thing to do is fill out a generic application. You can buy them at Office Depot, Officemax or Staples.

Here are some great tips:

Make sure it's filled out completely too or it could end up in the trash. You need to be able to fill out the application on the spot. Most places will NOT allow you to take it home to fill out & return later. How are they to know if you filled it out yourself? If a certain area or box, use N/A, which means Not Applicable. DO NOT leave an area or box blank unless the box is a Yes or No question before it. Make sure you have all the information about your previous and/or current job available. Use MS Word or Corell's WordPerfect to create the information. You'll need the full, complete names, addresses & phone numbers of the following: elementary school, junior/middle school, high school, any secondary schooling such as college, courses taken, fly by night schools like DeVry, Maric College, etc; the names, addresses & phone numbers of ALL jobs you've worked that are worth putting on an application for that position.

Try to locate a contact person at your old job in personnel or a manager that would be willing to give you a referrence. Call your old job up & pretend you're the person checking the referrence. Ask if the dates are correct that are listed as worked there. Ask if rehire is an option. You are NOT allowed by law to ask why or why not. They are NOT allowed to volunteer it either by law. Ask if there's a manager or supervisor still working for the company that might have known you. Ask to speak to him or her, then go from there. Some former managers & supervisors are willing to write letters of referrence too. Have them mail and/or fax one to you. Find out the going pay rate for that store. Do they pay minimum wage or more? Fine tune your negotiation skills with family or friends. If you put down open, ask the employer what they would pay for a person with your experience.

Call up your friends & ask them if they'd be willing to be personal referrences. Make sure you choose friends who will give positive feedback & not share personal information. Choosing friends that you've known longer than 1 or 2 years is best. That shows the prospective employer loyalty. Make sure to get their address & contact phone number(s), cell phones are ok as contact, as long as the person who owns it is ok with it. When in doubt, ask! Keep copies of this information on your hard drive. Or, burn it to a CD or save it to disk.

Make sure you're dressed appropriate. The place may look casual, but walking into the store in jeans & your favorite tee isn't appropriate. Wear a dark colored dress or skirt. Pants are fine too. Avoid bright patterns & colors. They distract from the interview or the discussion you might have with the employee. Beware! He or she may be the manager in disguise OR have leeway with the manager or supervisor who hires. First impressions can't be repeated so make it an awesome one! Don't limp fish handshake. Make it firm but don't deathgrip either. Practice with friends or family. SMILE too. When you meet them, offer your hand, firm handshake, smile & thank them for taking the time to talk to you. Ask for a business card as you leave or grab one yourself. They have the phone number of the store on it & usually a manager or supervisor's name. Some have their own printed & those can be kept for follow up.

Carry your copies of your job, schooling & referrences in a folder, preferrably a 3 ring binder. Keep 2-3 black ink pens in the folder. Add in a few sheets of lined or blank paper and scotch/clear tape. Tape the business card to the paper. Make quick notes to follow up on. Follow up with the prospective employer in 2-3 days. Ask politely the status of your application. Give them the time frame they ask for if they've not made a decision. Then, wait one extra day & call them back to follow up again. Write down this information on the paper where you taped the business card to. Ask for a name so that if someone else is handling the apps, you'll know who you spoke to if the manager or supervisor isn't the same person.

Try not to get discouraged. Job hunting is hard work & a lot of leg work too. The right job will come along with a little patience & great follow up! Good luck to you!!

Admin

Sunkissd 01.08.2009. 22:53

How do I write a cover letter for careerbuilder.com? When writing a cover letter you are writing to a specific person. I am posting my cover letter and resume online. I need some good tips on how I should go about writing this. What should I write without knowing where I'm going to get the job or interview?

Sunkissd

Admin 01.08.2009. 22:53

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

Princess Kassie 28.10.2009. 20:07

Someone help me with a short cover letter for construction worker job? please a very short letter

Princess Kassie

Admin 28.10.2009. 20:07

10 Tips on How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

Ray R 20.08.2009. 22:16

I'm applying for a job as a graduate insurance underwriter, however I'm really stuck writing a cover letter.? I've tried writing a cover letter like a hundred times but it always turns out to be rubbish. Help!!

Ray R

Admin 20.08.2009. 22:16

10 Tips on How to Write a Resume Cover Letter

1. All cover letters should follow the cover letter format, that is, you must format the heading elements correctly. When sending your resume via email, the line spacing and address conventions may no longer apply, although, they do in paper cover letters.

2. The First Paragraph. This part should immediately tell your recipient how you learned about the job opening, your intent, the position you are applying, or if you are inquiring about future employment possibilities.

3. Second Paragraph. An effective cover letter would have the second paragraph explain and highlight your experience relevant to the job you are applying for. This part calls to action your background elements, particularly your education, experience, and leadership which are relevant to the position you are applying. Be sure to cite examples and strong evidences.

4. Reflect your attitude, such as your personality, motivation, enthusiasm, and communication skills.

5. The best cover letter is coherent with the resume. For paper cover letters, use the same paper quality as your resume. But the general rule is to make it visually attractive.

6. Provide any information that the job advertisement specifically requested which is not covered in your resume, including your availability date, or reference to an attached writing sample.

7. Make the first sentence of the second paragraph hard-hitting - make it a quick introduction of your accomplishments directed at the qualifications and skills the job/industry requires.

8. Make your cover letter (and yourself, that is) more enticing to your prospective employers, by presenting facts that would interest them in hiring, or at least, interviewing you, such as your ability to increase profits, save money, conserve time, to immediately discharge or assume responsibility, and rapidly produce results when hired.

9. Be proactive by indicating that you will do a follow-up. This will show your deep interest to your job application, by saying something like, "I will contact you in the next two week to see if you require any additional information regarding my qualifications."

10. Make the last paragraph count. In the final sentences, use call-to-action and always request for an interview. Also thank the reader for reading your cover letter and looking into your resume.

Admin

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