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After you land your dream job, thanking those who assisted and rooted you along the way is the next best step. The range of support could come from friends, family, professors, colleagues, your references, or anyone in between. How you thank them, when you thank them, and what you say will all be determined based on several factors. Read on below for some tips and pointers on thanking those who have helped you along your employment journey. 

As a rule of thumb, the sooner you send out your thank you, the better. By delaying your message of thanks, it conveys the message to your reference or point of contact that how they helped you wasn’t important. Acknowledging their assistance with a prompt message sends your gratitude loud and clear. One thing to keep in mind is that your note of thanks is still a message of professional correspondence. It’s important to be enthusiastic yet precise in your note so as not to appear inappropriate. For example, use exclamation points sparingly and not excessively! When it comes to deciding how to thank those who helped you on your search, the form of your thank you is especially important. For example, if you are very close to the person who gave you a great reference, it’s completely appropriate to offer to buy them lunch or dinner as a sign of gratitude. However, if it’s someone you’re not as close with, then a formal thank you is certainly sufficient. Another aspect to consider when crafting your thank you is whether or not the message should be received as an electronic form of communication or as a “good old fashioned letter.” The benefit to an email is the speed of the delivery to your recipient— especially if they are considering you for a very competitive position. If you feel like having a formal message sent through the postal service won’t hinder your chances, then go for it. You’ll know the right call to make in the moment. Lastly, make sure to edit and proofread your message before sending it off to ensure that there are no grammatical or punctuational errors. If you take the time to thank those who have helped you along the way, it’s important to make sure your message is received in the best possible form! 

Thank you notes are always important to remember, but especially when you’re thanking those that have contributed to assisting you in your job search. If you want to learn more tips on how to thank people, check out this helpful article I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope you have a bright and joyful Summer. See you in July! 


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