Friday, 13 June 2014

Writing that Perfect Thank You Letter!

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As we have stated in previous blog posts, a thank you letter following a  job interview is, in essence, a prerequisite. 

It is best to do this either on the same day of the interview, perhaps leaving a couple of hours before sending it off, or preferably, the following day.

Apart from showing your interviewer that you are keen on the job, it also serves him as a reminder of your interview and your potential as a candidate.

The following are some tips offered by Brazen Life as regards the writing of the letter:

1. Be careful of the layout!
Do remember that this is a formal letter and should therefore be written in a formal style. Start off the letter with Dear 'Surname', instead of writing the generic Dear Sir or Madam, as this may show the employer that you do not remember his or her name.

2. Try to bring a high point from your interview.
It would be apt to remind him or her of your skills and strengths in your thank you letter to remind him of some of your strong points, thereby making you an ideal candidate for the job.

3. Keep it brief!
Don't write a 2-paged letter that is longer than your original resume. Remember that the employer will likely still be conducting interviews and hence does not have too much time on his or her hands. 

4. End your letter with a call to action.
It would be better to write 'I look forward to hearing from you' rather than 'Thank you' or 'Thank you for your time'. 

5. Proofread your letter.
Make sure that there are no grammar or punctuation mistakes in your letter. Proofread it well. A careless letter rift with spelling mistakes will surely not impress your potential employer.

Start practising your letter writing now!

Adapted from Brazen Life

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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