Searching for a job can be overwhelming, and it is often hard to know where to start. There are many things you need to do to create a resume and search for a job, but you can break down the process into manageable steps.
Our “Steps of a Job Search” series highlights these steps. As we go through, follow along with Patricia and Nate (our fictitious examples) to see how it works.
Employers often interview several people before selecting a hire. Depending on when you are interviewed, your name and qualifications can be buried in the stack of other candidates’ information. After your interview, it is a good idea to follow-up with the employer with an email (or written note, if you have not been communicating online). Thank them for their time, expand on something they said that interested you, and give a very brief review of why you would be good for the job. If the employer is trying to decide between you and other candidates, this additional effort will keep you fresh in their minds, and may push you to the top of their candidate list.
More post interview follow-up tips are shared in this blog post: 3 Follow-Up Techniques after a Job Interview.
Now, see what Patricia and Nate included in their follow-up notes.
Patricia’s interview at the bakery went well. In addition to talking about her bakery experience, she described her social media skills and willingness to work on expanding the bakery’s online presence. She could tell they were interested in this additional skill set and she decided to mention it again in her follow-up message. She also decided to highlight her enthusiasm for early morning work, since she forgot to mention this during the interview.
Here is what Patricia included in her thank you note:
Dear Joel and Erica:
Thank you for taking time to interview me for the bakery position. I appreciated hearing Joel’s insight and summary of the day-to-day operations and I’m excited about the opportunity to learn more about the management side of the business. In turn, I hope my social media skills can contribute to successful marketing of the bakery, special holiday treats, and wedding cakes. I am enthusiastic about the position, including the morning hours. I am an early bird at heart and an early-morning schedule is very appealing to me! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Nate’s “speed-dating” style interview for the convention center position was a bit overwhelming. There were ten people interviewing for the open positions all at once. Nate felt he did a good job demonstrating his energy and ability to focus in the interview, which aligned with what the employer was looking for in the people they hire. Nate realized, however, that he needed a way to separate himself from the pack in his thank you email. He had a quick exchange with one of the interviewers about a concert they both attended, which he thought would be a good way to separate himself in his thank you note.
Hello Jane, John and Jim,
Thank you for considering me for the service position at the convention center. As we discussed in my interview, I am excited to work in a high-energy environment while providing an excellent experience for guests. My ability to focus on details and prioritize tasks would serve me well as a convention center employee. Thanks again for your time, and John, I will look for you at the next Scoundrel concert! Let me know if you need any additional information.
Thank you notes after interviewing are a quick and easy way to highlight the traits you shared and demonstrated in your cover letter, resume, and interview. Showing consideration and leaving a good impression may help push your application to the top of the list!
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