If you don’t have a stack of these in your desk, you are seriously dropping the ball. Thank You cards are an effective way to express gratitude and leave a positive impression with friends, family and colleagues.
Most people understand you should send a thank you card after a job interview, although surprisingly some don’t. One buddy used to adamantly argue that a thank you email was enough. He was also unemployed for more than a year (not that I’m blaming it on not sending thank you cards). However, if two identical candidates applied for a job, interviewed well and one sent a thank you card while the other didn’t – who would you hire?
Why Sending An Email Isn’t Enough
It’s lazy for starters. Besides, a lot of people get between 100-150 emails a day. Who needs one more? Especially if it’s sandwiched between annoying emails from a colleague in Asia or a last-minute request from your boss. The note can get lost in the email shuffle, which lessens the impact.
Real Life Example
Last week, as part of a continuing education initiative program at my company, I attended two one-hour sessions on accounting and budgeting. Four people presented in total ranging from VP’s to Directors. A woman from HR organized the work shop.
All five got thank you cards last Friday. Yesterday, I passed the Director of Finance who said this:
“Hey, thanks for the card. That was really nice and completely unexpected.”
That’s because I doubt anyone else sent one. Now If I ever mess up an accrual estimate or need a favor, this guy is 10x more likely to help me out. As for the presenters that don’t know me, they will certainly have a favorable impression should we cross paths again.
Finally, send thank you cards right away. While it’s still better than not sending one at all, a bigger impact is made if you’re first.
Do the unexpected. Stand out from the crowd. Sometimes it only takes five minutes.