The Value of a Thank You

by Kristy Amburgey

If you attended the Industry/Career Expo or had an interview with one of the exhibiting companies, did you send them a thank you note?  If not, I challenge you to immediately send an email to the connection you made or your interviewer, thanking them for their time.  If you did not attend the Expo, I challenge you to follow up on a recent interaction, networking connection, or interview with a note of appreciation.

I may be insisting on an old-fashioned action, but sending a thank you note or email is still an effective way to further your standing with a potential employer.  A thank you can convey your excitement and desire for a position, help you stand out from other candidates, reiterate a key skill or accomplishment or even remind the employer about your abilities one more time.   At the same time, a thank you note can further build your relationship with a person who may have provided you information, support, advice or guidance in your career development.

Some rather savvy job and internship seekers handed their interviewers thank you cards after their interviews the day after the Expo.  One of those savvy seekers mentioned that he could see the appreciation on his interviewer’s face, and he felt that that the thank you card made a difference in being invited for another interview, this time on-location.

Do you still question the value of a thank you?  My challenge to you still stands.  Use the power of a thank you to your advantage, responsibly of course, and send a well-crafted note to your interviewer or any employer who may have provided you valuable information.

Note: You can review a sample thank you on our website.

Kristy Amburgey is the Associate Director of Career Services – Daytona Beach campus and currently manages marketing and employer relations for the department.  She has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for approximately 10 years and with Career Services for nine years.

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