With casual dress codes, increased flexibility, and remote workers, most businesses are less traditional than they once were. Yet, according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps, one job search practice that maintains its importance is the thank-you note.
When making a decision about who to hire, eighty percent of human resources (HR) managers state that they take thank-you messages into account. Unfortunately, the survey found that only 24 percent of applicants sent thank-you messages, down from 51 percent in 2007. HR managers were asked, "When it comes to making a hiring decision, how helpful is it when a promising job candidate sends you a thank-you message following his or her job interview?" Their responses:
|Not very helpful||12%|
|Not helpful at all||8%|
HR managers say the most suitable methods of following up after an interview are email (94 percent) and a handwritten note (86 percent).
"Civility counts when looking for a job," said Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps. "Acknowledging a hiring manager for the time he or she has given you demonstrates your enthusiasm, professionalism and attention to detail. With so few job seekers writing thank-you notes, a well-crafted message can help you stand out from other candidates." Steinitz added, "Those who forego thank-you notes may be missing out on a prime opportunity to leave a good impression, especially if competition for the position is tight."
Accountemps provides the following do's and don'ts for giving thanks: