Thank You Notes: Handwritten or Emailed?

Clients often ask me if they should send a handwritten thank you or an emailed one. My response has always been that my preference is to send a handwritten one, but it’s important to just send a thank you … not every job candidate does, and doing so will set them apart.

Because I’m asked this question so often, I decided to include it on my survey of area hiring managers. Here were the results:

  • Either: 51%
  • Handwritten: 31%
  • Emailed: 18%

A few of the respondents left comments:

  • Thank you notes are critically important
  • Sending one sets them apart
  • It’s just nice getting one … have received only one over the past year
  • It is very nice and sets them apart from other candidates
  • Email or note are good; handwritten note stands out
  • Electronic is always best, because it is easier to share with others
  • Both are nice steps that show interest after hearing more details about the company and the position

So, if you’re still trying to decide if you should send a handwritten thank you or an emailed one, here are a couple things you may want to consider. A handwritten thank you is a little more personal and takes more effort on your part (you have to buy the thank you card, write on it, look up the address, put a stamp on it, and mail it). However, if you don’t have time (or don’t have nice handwriting), an emailed thank you is perfectly fine … the main thing is, just make sure to send one. Doing so will set yourself apart from the competition.

10 Things to Remember When Starting a New Job

CareerPro Pics 154Here are some tips to get you off on the right track when starting a new job:

1.  Learn the company culture. Observe meeting dialogs, staff dynamics, and learn what protocols are followed.

2.  Make every effort to remember coworkers’ first names. Calling people by their first name shows strong interpersonal skills.

3.  Have lunch with coworkers. If you’re an introvert, you may be tempted to hide out in your office, but when you first start, it’s important to have lunch with others and build rapport.

4.  Don’t get caught in office gossip.

5.  Don’t use your company computer to check personal email, Facebook, etc.

6.  Remember you need to be employed for awhile and establish credibility before suggesting any changes.

7.  If you’re unsure of something, it’s better to ask than guess. However, before asking, make every attempt to find the answer on your own. If you end up still having to ask someone, let that person know you tried to find the answer … it shows initiative on your part.

8.  Ask your boss for feedback on your performance, and keep your boss up-to-date on your projects.

9. Don’t forget to maintain your network of connections by keeping in contact with past coworkers, colleagues, etc. Send an occasional email, forward an interesting article, go out for coffee or lunch. Don’t wait until you need a favor to reconnect.

10.  Finally, before you start your new job, remember to send a thank you to any individual who helped you land the job (someone who informed you about the job, references, etc.).