Don’t forget handwritten notes!

I finally got my application finished for a grant for school. I got confirmations back from everyone who was writing me recommendation letters so I sat down and starting writing out thank you notes. Not emails, but hand written notes. I think the art of letter writing has been lost in a sea of electronic communication. Companies are now cautioning their hiring managers to be on the look out for text messaged thank you’s after interviews with younger applicants. Really? Is this what we’ve come to?

In 15 years of job applications, I’ve been offered every job I’ve ever interviewed for. I think the main reason: the handwritten thank you note that arrives the day after the interview. When employers are trying to decide which highly qualified candidate to hire out of the sea of unemployed applicants, that thank you note maybe what helps give you the edge over the competition. I know when I’ve received them after interviewing someone, I think about the time that someone put in to write me a note, put a stamp on it and put it in the box. I’d rather have that employee who was willing to go the extra mile.

So if you are in the process of looking for a new job or maybe your teenager is looking for his or her first job, don’t forget the all powerful handwritten thank you note. This is especially important for teenagers since most other teenagers won’t do this. It’s a surefire way to show a potential employer how much you care about getting this job.