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Seal the deal with handwritten ‘thanks’

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You already know the value of writing a thank-you note after a job interview. But did you know that those follow-up notes can carry as much clout as a cover letter in landing the job?

Whether you’re interviewing at a new company or trying to advance internally, experts say, it pays to write a note of gratitude that goes beyond what’s expected.

“An effective thank-you letter should hit every one of an employer’s hot buttons,” says Wendy Enelow, an author, trainer and career consultant in Coleman Falls, Va.

Here’s how to do it:

Link your skills to solving specific workplace problems that you learned about during interviews. Tip: Propose concrete ideas in your letter, as if you’re offering your services as a consultant at no charge. It shows that you know how to translate your experience to fit their needs.

Describe the contributions you could make, beyond those you discussed in the interview. Example: “We didn’t even talk about the fact that I’m also ….”

Address any qualms the hiring manager may have about you. Example: If you misinterpreted a question and gave a less-than-ideal answer, you can correct your mistake. Write, “I am not sure that I communicated the response to your question about ___ exactly as you intended.”

Send a personalized note to each interviewer. Tip: Collect business cards from those who interviewed you. Immediately after the interview, jot down details about each person on the backs of the cards.

Don’t risk offending a high-level executive with an e-mailed “thanks.” Send a typed or, if your penmanship is flawless, a handwritten note on simple stationery. More than half of the respondents to an Accountemps survey said they preferred handwritten notes

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