You need a great resume and cover letter to score the interview. You need to be as great as possible during the interview. And then, after the interview, you must send a thank you note.
Yes, still. And no, not by snail mail but by email.
I am going to put on my professor hat now, so please skip this if you already know it -- but please keep your email address professional. I cannot tell you how many resumes I have edited where the email address was "Hotgirl123@xyz.com" or "firstname.lastname@example.org" (all email handles are pseudonyms for real stupid email addresses for which I have had to correct/suggest new ones). Your email should be a personal one, not your current job's email (unless you are interviewing internally with your company) and you should have it contain your name and if your name is common some string of number or middle name combination so you can appear professional and put together. For most people reading this blog, this is a no brainer but it does not hurt to go over the basics, just in case.
Ok, professor hat is off now. The thank you email should be a combination of gratitude with specific references to some key points you and the interviewer discussed about the job or about your commonality or something - so to say "It was awesome meeting a fellow XYZ University alum" is a good way to stand out but also include "we discussed how the position needs a person with HTML coding ability, please check out this example of my coding I mentioned during the interview" is a great tie in to represent your ability and to tie back to the meeting discussion. I am just pulling these off the top of my head but each interview is different and each thank you note should be different, too.
With sending the note, I always email it and mention in the email that a hard copy was sent via mail, as well. It does not hurt to send it both ways as some interviewers might appreciate also receiving it via hard copy and if nothing else, it is another reminder to the interviewer that you exist and might be the best fit for the job.
Tell me in the comments you tips and tricks for the thank you note or what you think about mine. Happy Hunting.
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Lisa Vento Nielsen