There was a time when writing thank-you notes was something more than just a recurring joke on Jimmy Fallon. It was a sincere way to show that you were grateful for someone’s time and guidance. Both, by the way, are gifts.
Our devices have taken away the opportunity to deliver a personal touch—especially when it comes to saying “Thank you.” Incidentally, it’s these personal touches that are getting people hired. And email, now considered “old school,” is simply just not old school enough when you want to show real gratitude. And texts? Are you kidding? (“thanx for da time, dawg! wud luv to work 4 u. lol!”)
R U Listening?
Potential employers are getting texts every day. And they’re reluctantly hiring many of the senders anyway! But you’re going to be different, aren’t you? You’re going to do something unexpected that will give you an edge in landing the perfect job. Most potential employers appreciate a thank-you note, and it can make you stand out from the illiterate texting crowd.
A well-written thank-you note shows that you’re willing to invest extra personal time to show your gratitude. Yes, it takes more time, but it’s also well worth it. In fact, there are success stories upon success stories of people rewarded for their efforts.
So You Want to Be a Caddy?
Take Phil Mickelson’s caddy, Jim “Bones” Mackay. In her blog post “How to Caddie for Phil Mickelson,” Dana Steele, a top-rated keynote speaker on effective leadership, productive teamwork, customer service, and employee engagement, writes about the value of a simple thank-you note.
To illustrate her point, Steele links to a video about how Mickelson asked Mackay for some recommendations on caddies. Mackay had to rush off but sent Mickelson a handwritten note offering additional help finding the right caddie for him. Mickelson was impressed and ended up hiring Mackay.
So, here are some hints on writing great thank-you notes according to us because, well, we also like getting thank-you notes: