You just had a great interview with the company of your dreams, but with so many great candidates out there you have some stiff competition for the job. Everywhere, employers are sifting through stacks of resumes and hiring only the candidates who have killer credentials and personalities to match.
A great way to get noticed and be memorable is to think of yourself as a brand with potential employers as your consumers. Odds are you’re not going to be hired based on a dry paper checklist of key skills and experiences – most employers want to see a complete picture of the person they are hiring. After all, your resume isn’t going to be sitting at your desk and doing your work for you. Along with cover letters, interviews and an online presence, a simple thank you note can help you stand out by promoting your “personal brand” and building rapport with the company and your potential co-workers.
Like a cover letter or resume, a thank you note allows you to advertise your professional strengths and address points that were not discussed in the interview. This helps create an ongoing conversation between you and your potential employer. Especially today, a hard-copy thank you note tells your dream company that you are genuinely interested and excited about the job, because let’s face it: you probably wouldn’t make as much of an effort to get a job that you felt lukewarm about.
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The FedEx Office Design & Print Center is a great resource if you want to customize your thank you cards with a monogram or any other stylistic touch that reflects your individuality. To be really professional, use the same fonts and letterheads in your resume, cover letter and thank you cards. This can signal to employers that you are organized and it gives them a more consistent profile of you as a candidate.
And who knows? A well-written thank you note may just get you in the door.
I’d love to hear more about what you do to make yourself stand out in the job hunt. Leave your tips below.