Re: New TECHWR-L Poll: Employment Topic

Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll: Employment Topic
From: Marguerite Krupp <mkrupp128 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2010 07:35:38 -0700 (PDT)

I agree with Bill, right down the line. A thank-you note, even in email, is another chance to present yourself as a responsible (and responsive) candidate and to briefly add or reinforce a few points about your strengths and rightness for the job. Sometimes I share info about something we talked about during the interview.
 
It's tough, though, if all you have is a phone number for HR. If it's a remote phone interview, I try to find out where the people I'm talking with are located and at least find the plant number.
 
I also try to send a hand-written note, when possible. In one case, thought I didn't get the job, I got a note back from the in-house recruiter with a lead to another job that he thought might be a good fit.
 
I haven't recorded my vote on the survey, yet, because it somehow doesn't recognize my email address. Let this stand as my vote.
 
Thanks,
Marguerite
--- On Tue, 9/7/10, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:


From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Subject: Re: New TECHWR-L Poll: Employment Topic
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 7:58 AM


> As a technical writer seeking employment, how often do you
> send post-interview thank you letters to potential employers?
>
> Cast your vote and view poll results at www.techwr-l.com.

I'm still a fan of the "it depends" poll option. ;-)

If I have contact information for them (and believe it or not, some
just give a HR phone number from the get-go) I write them. That said,
I need to get crackin' on one today!

> On a related note for discussion: As a hiring manager of
> technical writers, how valuable do you find post-interview
> thank you letters?

When I was in a hiring role, I always appreciated getting a letter but
the content of the letter would definitely play in favor of or against
the candidate. Craft them wisely!

--
Bill Swallow

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