Thank you notes will be your number one game changer in your job search. To make thank you notes magical try sending the thank you note out prior to your interview. This will ensure you will be seen and be seen on time with high expectations. The results will amaze you. This will help you to differentiate yourself and this is one way to do it. Most people will not send out a thank you note and most likely nobody will send out a thank you note before the interview. Make sure you send it out at least five days before your interview so that the interviewer will receive it before meeting you. When you do something professional that nobody else will do this will make you stand out in a very good way. Sending out the thank you note will do this and set the stage for a great interview. It will confirm in a nice way the time and date of the interview. I have had interviewers forget about the interview and actually not be there. When you present yourself as a professional by sending a thank you note out prior to your interview it will encourage respect from your interviewer and you will find that you will have more on time interviews without having to wait. Many of us have experienced sitting in a waiting room well past the scheduled interview time. It will also ensure you ask who you will be interviewing with so you can send the thank you note to the correct person. Now that you know who you will be interviewing with you can research information on this person. This is critical for you to be able to connect with them. If you run into an interview that is scheduled with no time to send a thank you note you can try to reschedule to allow for more time. If this is not possible and the interview is geographically close by you may be able to drop off the thank you note with the secretary or receptionist to hand deliver it for you. Do not use email. Everyone uses email. It will not have the same impact. This extra effort will go a long way to ensuring a great interview. Have fun and don't forget to send your thank you note prior to your meeting.
Getting in the door!
Don't you agree the personal touch is disintegrating? When we seem to make things easier (using the internet) we make things harder. I have a process that works using the personal touch. I use the Internet for research on people and companies I will be meeting with. I do not use the Internet to apply for a job. I experimented with 7 LinkedIn adds for jobs. All either in my industry or field of expertise. At least two of the companies knew me personally. I did not get one response. Not even "don't call us, we will call you".
What I did do with one of the job postings was research the company. Then I searched on LinkedIn for people who worked for that company. I looked for senior executive job titles in the department or area I was interested in. I contacted the senior executive with a personal email and phone call and I received a response the same day. What is interesting is that we do not realize that hiring is important to the senior executives and not so much to the person who manages the online postings.
I truly believe as a job applicant you must go to work everyday researching and contacting people personally. Set a goal to contact 20 people that interest you directly each day and not job postings. At the end of the week with a 100 contacts you will have at least 5 interviews guaranteed.
I hope this may help!
The power of thank you notes should not be underestimated. When do you send a thank you note? Do you realize most people do not send thank you notes. Interviewing 10 people I may be lucky to get one thank you note. Remember a thank you note is NOT an email. One day I was interviewing candidates for a sales position. At the end of the day I had nobody stand out. The very next day one of the candidates came in to our office and handed the receptionist a personal thank you note for me. I immediately decided to hire him. He turned out to be one of my best hires. Within two months he was sales person of the month. Stay tuned, I will next write about a secret to make your thank you note so powerful it will set you ahead of all the other candidates.