Thank You Notes

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Thank you notes are a great way to show your appreciation for an employer's time, to re-express your interest in a position or to thank a person for an informational interview. They should be sent (email or mail) within one to two days after every interview or meeting, and will help you stand out from the crowd (believe it or not, not everyone sends a thank you note).

Who Gets a Thank You Note?

Write a personalized thank you note to each person with whom you've interviewed. If you were interviewed by a committee, you can write one note addressed to the committee or committee chair.

What to Write

A thank you note should be short, concise and genuine. It should express your appreciation for the interview, continued interest in the position and reference what you talked about during the interview highlighting a few key points or common interests. You can also use the thank you note to: highlight your fit for the position; talk about something you forgot to mention in the interview (important skills, connections); or, if needed, address any misunderstandings or weaknesses.

Thank You Note Examples

Example 1 - Internship

Subject: Earl Peabody: Kennedy-Donovan Center Interview

Dear Angela,

I would like to thank you for inviting me to your center to interview for the in-home ABA social work placement yesterday. I appreciated the opportunity to meet with your team and gain insight into the important roles that each of them has in the well-being of the clients your organization serves. I am very interested in interning with your site next year.

I feel that my current internship at the New England Center for Children where I have learned the application of behavioral analysis techniques with special needs students and my undergraduate minor in Understanding Autism make me a great fit for this placement. I would welcome the opportunity, through a field placement at Kennedy-Donovan Center, to learn more about using the principals of ABA to customize support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families.

Thank you again.

Earl Peabody

Example 2 - Job

Subject: Hawes Riverway-Children's Happy Day Care Interview

Dear Melinda,

I wanted to say how much I appreciated the opportunity to interview for the Early Childhood Lead Teacher position at Happy Day Care. Given my placements in both public and private school settings for early childhood education, I know that I will be a great fit for your holistic and small group approach to early childhood development.

I believe strongly in the center's philosophy of establishing a child-centered environment designed to promote interaction with children and adults, provide both choice and structure and create opportunities to learn through nature. If hired, I would consider it a true privilege to help launch the "grow your garden" program your colleague Dan mentioned in the interview.

Thank you again. I look forward to hearing from you.

Hawes Riverway

Example 3 - Informational Interview

Dear Ellen,

I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to meet with me yesterday. I gained great insights into the roles of a school social worker including the ways you support the well-being of students and their families. I cannot wait to tell Diane Zipoli how much I learned from you.

Given my interest in learning more about middle-school aged children in social work, I will reach out to your colleague Mr. Hernandez for further insight as you suggested.

Thank you again. I look forward to keeping in touch.

Hawes Riverway

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