Re: Thank you notes

Subject: Re: Thank you notes
From: Marilynne Smith <marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 16:28:01 -0700

I send thank you notes.

Once after an initial interview I said I couldn't stay for a later interview because I had an appointment at The Getty (a first class museum) for the afternoon. Those who have visited The Getty in LA know it's hard to get an appointment and you don't get in without one. (The museum is free. The parking costs $5 now.) My thank you note in this case was on the back of a lovely card from The Getty. When I began working for the new company I noticed my manager had it stuck up on the wall.

More often I make a card on my computer that says "Thanks" in an informal way. In the back where "Hallmark" usually goes, it says "Call me and we'll do chocolate." No one has called me on the chocolate, but when I got the job and provided chocolate, they said things like "I wondered if you were serious about that." The chocolate was something like chocolate chip cookies, nothing grand, but tasty. I don't think I got the job over chocolate, but I think I was noticed because of it. I usually brought in chocolate after I had been working there a week or so. I brought enough to share in my new work group.

Now I've given away one of my best secrets.


At 10:08 PM 4/10/2001 -0700, Maggie Secara wrote:

I had a lovely interview yesterday for a permanent position I'd really like. After I got home, I sat down and send a thank you note to both people I spoke to. I do this most of the time. Sometimes I provide something helpful extra information, or the solution to a question that came up, the address of a listserv the current writing team might find useful <g>.
Sometimes, it's just a simple bread-and-butter note: Had a wonderful time, liked what I saw, hope to hear from you soon. Either way it reminds them who I am and, I presume, keeps my name in their minds after I'm gone.

I can't say that it's ever had an impact on the decision, although I know some folks on this list have said it has be the thing that sets them apart from the other the candidates. Maybe I'm just not doing it right.

I've looked through the archives and found a good deal on how effective thank-yous can be, but not much about the text of such letters themselves.
So my question is: when you do this, what do you write?

Thanks in advance,

Maggie Secara

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Marilynne Smith
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marilyns -at- qualcomm -dot- com
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