June 16, 2006, Newsletter Issue #50: Write Thank-You’s, Even for a Conversation

Tip of the Week

Word process or e-mail a thank-you note to everyone who has offered help during your job search—in any way. If, for example, you chat with someone at a cocktail party who says she thinks she’ll mention you to her boss, your note will serve as a reminder. Just remember never to assume the favor has already been performed.

Notes like this can set the stage for things to come:

Dear Jane,
I enjoyed meeting you at Sharon Stewart’s party last weekend—especially since I never dreamed of crossing paths with a Braves fan in Pittsburgh. OF course, I also really appreciate your offer to mention me to your boss. Your company sounds like the kind of place I’d be interested in knowing more about. Thanks!
Chris Cavanaugh

Keep a list of the people who have helped you (or even expressed interest in your job search) so that as soon as you’re hired you can deliver the good news to all. A note of thanks also lets you say, “Please call on me if I can help you in any way”—an obligation for the nice-guy networker.

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