A Simple Thank You

Hand writes the word thank youWhen was the last time you got a HANDWRITTEN thank you note sent through the mail?  It was probably long ago.  If you got one now, would it make an good impression on you?  Do you think a potential employer might pull your resume out from the pile for a second look after receiving a handwritten thank you note in the mail?  We bet they would.

A thank you note provides one more opportunity for a potential employer to remember you and leave a lasting impression.  Even if you don’t think you will get the job you could be on their mind for another one.

Here are some other tips for making an impression with a thank you:

-Be sure that the envelope and message inside is all handwritten.  No labels or typing, it definitely loses impact.

-Start with “Dear” and how you addressed them in the interview.  Usually you can’t go wrong with Mr. or Mrs. Last name.

-Always thank them for their time and the opportunity to interview for the position.  Express how interesting the organization and the job sounds and that you are looking forward to hearing from them soon.

-End the note in a positive and friendly tone, like “Thanks again!”

Drop the thank you note in the mail just after the interview.  It really could make all the difference!

Do you send handwritten thank you notes?  Please comment about the opportunities they have given you.

Tips to get your teens out working this summer

Happy teen writing a resume

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Want to help give your teens an edge on landing a job?  The competition during the summer months can be tough.  Have them well prepared with these tips:

1.  A well written, error free resume will make your teen stand out.  In addition have a separate sheet with references, include personal references of teachers or coaches if your student has limited work related references.  Include work ethic experience in volunteering, doing community service, participation on a sports team, and leadership in a school club or organization.

2.  Help prepare your teen for the all important interview.  Run through potential interview questions to get your child comfortable with some prepared responses.  Explain the importance of making a good impression, being clean, well spoken and have some knowledge about the company you are looking to work for.

3.  Always be arrive early to the interview.  Have your teen be aware of their body language by giving a firm hand shake, sitting up straight and avoid crossing their arms across their chest.  They should convey confidence by speaking in a strong voice, enthusiasm for the work they will be doing and a definite can do attitude that they can perform the job well.

Get those teens out working in a field that they may be interested in pursuing as a career.  Even if it is an unpaid internship.  It will help steer them in the right direction for hopefully a long, happy career.

Please share in the comments what job your teen plans to work over the summer.


A very important question…

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A job interview can frazzle your nerves and keep you guessing how you performed long after it is over.  Why not ask your interviewer a question that can help clear your mind and let you know right where you stand before you leave the interview?  Ready for it?  Here it is…“Is there any reason you wouldn’t hire me?”  The answer to this one question will give you a ton of information.  If there is any doubt in their mind and they express it, it will give you the opportunity to further explain your position and eliminate their doubt.  Of course if there isn’t any reason, you can expect a follow up call with a start date!  Make sure you ask this question!

What are some other questions you might ask an interviewer?  Please comment.