“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” ~William Arthur Ward
When people think of thank-you notes and the job search, usually they just consider showing their appreciation to the companies that have given them an interview.
Unfortunately, that leaves out a whole host of great folks who you are undoubtedly thankful to, but they are not often shown gratitude by job hunters. A successful job search is rarely done alone, so I would encourage you to also send either electronic or hard copy thank-yous to the following people:
- Folks who have provided emotional support during this trying time (friends, family, clergy, etc.)
- Individuals who have reviewed your résumé and cover letter
- People who are serving as references
- Leaders of any job clubs that you belong to
- Anyone who has thought enough of you to forward a solid job lead (regardless of the outcome)
- Those who have made key introductions
- Mentors who provide guidance in navigating the field you are trying to find success in
- People who help you practice your interview skills
Showing your appreciation to these individuals continues the deepening of ties to your network, which is always important. They will feel more comfortable coming to you in their time of need. As well, you never know when you may need them again, so you want to be sure to stay connected in a positive manner.
Is there anyone else you would include in this list that I have missed?
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