How To Write A Thank You Letter
Learn how to write a thank you letter to improve your chances of getting that job after the interview. You'll impress your potential employer when you take the time to send a thank you letter, as many job applicants skip this step. You can send the thank you letter by email or regular mail, or in some cases, both, if that fits your needs the best.
To write a thank you letter, you will need:
- Computer and word processing software
- Contact information
- Thank you card
- Type your contact information on the right-hand side of the paper. Put the person you're addressing the letter to's contact information below yours, but on the left-hand side of the paper. Below his address, put the date.
- Address the recipient properly. Under the date, type "Dear" and then the name of the person you're writing the letter to. Keep your address appropriate, use Mr. or Ms. instead of the person's first name.
- Thank them for meeting with you, speaking with you or for whatever they did. Say something along the lines of "Thank you for taking the time to meet with me about the position in Marketing." Be clear in your thank-you that you understand they have a busy schedule.
- Go on to explain on the meeting or advice impacted you. If a mentor spent time advising you, write something along the lines of "I feel much more prepared to take on the marketing world now thanks to your help and advice." If you went to a job interview, write something such as "I enjoyed hearing about your company and the details of the position."
- Sell yourself a bit more in the thank you letter. If you don't feel the interview went as well as it could have, use the thank you letter as damage control or to talk your strengths up a bit more.
- Conclude the letter by saying thank you once again and add hope for the future. "Thanks again for your time and I hope to hear your decision soon" should work well for a post-interview thank you letter.
- Sign your name. Write "Sincerely," and leave a few spaces between that and your typed name for a signature.
- Print the letter, address the envelop and send.
- Write the letter on a thank-you card if that is more your style.