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Giving Thanks: Writing Job Search Thank You Notes
One of the most common missed opportunities in job search or networking is neglecting to send a thank you note. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are a few tips to help you write a professional thank you note to an interviewer or to someone who provided career advice to you.
  1. Send the thank you within 24-48 hours. Show your appreciation while information is still top of mind and relevant.
  2. It is appropriate to send an email thank you. If you are inclined to give the personal touch of a handwritten note, send both. Email provides for more immediate communication.
  3. Write in a professional manner. This is not the place for emojis, excessive punctuation, or colloquialisms.
Thank you note basics:
  • Write a thank you note to each person who interviewed you.
  • Thank them for their time and consideration, and reiterate your interest.
  • Take the opportunity to tell them anything you forgot during the interview or something you’d like to reemphasize.

Sample Thank You Email

Subject: Thank you
Dear Ms. Smith:

Thank you so much for the opportunity to interview for the 4th grade teaching position at Hope Elementary School. After meeting with you, I am even more excited about this potential opportunity.

In addition to my enthusiasm, I will bring to this position my ability to quickly establish rapport with students, well-built classroom management, bilingual skills in English and Spanish, and a strong work ethic. Through my experience student teaching in the Boston Public Schools I gained an appreciation of diversity, which I hope to instill in my students. As we discussed, I am also interested in being an advisor for extracurricular activities.

Thank you again for taking the time to interview me. I would welcome the opportunity to become a staff member at Hope Elementary School and believe I would be a powerful addition to your staff. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Brandon Deis