3 Thank-You Letter Tips You Can't Afford To Ignore

Published: May 29, 2014

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3 Quick Tips for Executive Thank-You Letters May 29, 2014

Three quick tips for executive thank-you letters.

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Expert Resume Writer

While thank-you letters after an interview were once a formality, they have become something greater. Hopefully, you had the chance to communicate your personal brand and what you have to bring to the company during your interview, but your thank-you letter is an opportunity to reiterate those points and keep them fresh in the mind of the hiring executive. A well-written thank-you letter can actually help put you ahead of the competition, moving you forward in your candidacy for the position.

1. Reiterate how your experience can benefit the company.

Let’s say that during the interview process, you learned the specific challenges or needs that the company you are applying with faces. Your thank-you letter is a great opportunity to show how you can meet those challenges and needs head-on. Use past experience to showcase your ability to do this and incorporate performance metrics whenever it is possible to do so in order to show, measurably, how you can achieve these goals.

2. Link your core competencies to the needs of the company.

You have already likely shared your core competencies, both in your resume and during the interview process. Now that you have an idea of what the company’s real needs are, however, you have the opportunity in a thank-you letter to link your competencies with the specific needs of the company. Show how your abilities make you not only relevant to the position, but the best possible candidate.

3. Overcome any doubts or objections.

If, during the interview process, the recruiter or hiring executive showed any doubts or voiced any objections as to whether you are the right candidate for the job, your thank-you letter provides the perfect time and place to address them. Show that the obstacles presented during the interview simply represent opportunities for you, and explain how you are prepared to meet the challenge. Work to eliminate any concerns the hiring manager might have and address any doubts that were expressed explicitly and offer sound solutions or explanations for how you will overcome them.

A solid thank-you letter can help boost you ahead of your competition for a specific job. Keep it brief—one page is usually best, and make sure that you follow the tips outlined here. A great thank-you letter can go a long way toward helping you to secure the perfect job opening!

About the Author

Jessica Hernandez, is a resume authority for the Job Talk America radio program and multi-published expert author for resume, career, and job search publications. She boasts more than ten years in human resources management and hiring for Fortune 500 companies and utilizes her extensive experience to support job seekers in their quest to move onward and upward in their careers. Find out more at Great Resumes Fast.

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