The Advantage Of A Thank You Letter

Thank You Letter

The Advantage of A Thank You Letter

You did it! You just left your interview and hopefully you are happy with the way it went. You answered their questions, hopefully you had some questions answered of your own and now all you have to do is wait for their answer, right?

Wrong!

Now is not the time to sit back and do nothing. Now is the time to take advantage of a little something called The Thank You Letter.

Is A Thank You Letter Necessary?

Thank you letters speak to your character. Of course they aren’t necessary. Plenty of people get jobs without writing them, yet if you take a step back for a moment and look at what the Thank You Letter represents you might just consider writing one.

Thank You Letters first and foremost are classy. That’s what employers want. They want an employee with a moral code. They want someone who knows how to be appreciative and they want someone to go the extra mile. Going the extra mile is what it takes to be successful. Employers know this. Hence the Thank You Letter exists.

If we only did what was necessary all the time, we would never stand out. Nothing would set us apart from the rest of the world. Consider this. Would McDonalds be McDonalds if it only made Big Macs and Cheeseburgers? Would Burger King be able to stand apart from McDonalds if it didn’t flame broil bigger beef patties called Whoppers? For success, we need to be different and we need to offer a little more than our competitors. In a nutshell, that is the world of business.

Building The Perfect Thank You Letter

By now you should be asking yourself, “How do I write one of these Thank You Letters?” The next few paragraphs should assist you in building the most charming of Thank You Letter. If you follow these steps carefully, when it is all said and done, you should be left with a letter that will show off your manners and have your name left on the table as a candidate. Let’s get to it.

Open With An Immediate Thank You

Open with your Thank You Statement and remind them of your interview date and time. This will help put a face to the letter. Include the position you applied for and let them know you are still very interested in joining their team.

Example

Dear Joseph Manning,

I wanted to take the time to express my thanks for the opportunity to meet with you during our 5:00pm interview yesterday. Your Food Line Inspector position is something I am still very interested in and I truly hope I can fill this role in the near future.

Remind Them Of Your Credentials

It’s not enough to put a face to the name. You also need to remind them of your qualifications. What was your last position held? What did you achieve in that position? What were your responsibilities? Remember to try and have them imagine you working the position you are applying for.

Example

At my last job working for City Steaks, I was the Food Inventory Specialist for three years. I learned so much about the Restaurant and Food Industry working for this Restaurant and it was an extremely positive influence on my life. City Steaks holds a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Google and has won Zagat awards for five years running. Their food is considered the tastiest served and it starts with inspecting the foods freshness every morning. This was the role I was tasked with and their continued praise on Google, yelp and Zagat help display my efforts in making sure customers get the best experience for their taste buds.

Make Them Relive A Conversation You Had

Remember that time when…? We have these conversations all the time with our friends. This is the same thing only a lot more professional. Bring up a topic you discussed during your interview. It needs to be something that you can springboard off of and highlight your abilities.

Example

I remember discussing what it takes to be a Food Line Inspector with your company and you asked me what I thought was most important. I recall my response, “Fresh well-kept food starts with an organized fridge.” I am still just as passionate about this response as I was during the interview. At City Steaks, I was in charge of the color-coding by dates for all produce and prep work. Red Tags were cooked or thrown out before close at all times. Tags were rotated on a daily basis so food freshness was well tracked at all times. This kept food shrinkage low while at the same time provided high quality meals on a consistent basis. This is the kind of order and quality I wish to bring to your establishment.

Recognize The Importance Of The Position

Every position is important to an employer no matter how simple or mundane. If you can show that you appreciate the importance of the role, it will speak volumes. Tell your employer how you see this role and why you should be the one trusted to play it.

Example

A Food Line Inspector has to maintain and keep track of food products not just to offer high quality tasting meals but also, to offer food that won’t make people sick. At City Steaks I took my job very seriously. Restaurants feed families. Whenever a family comes into a restaurant they become a part of that family. Being a part of providing a fresh and delicious meal is a very satisfying job and it is one that I hope you will entrust me with.

Thank Them One Last Time In Closing

You’ve thanked them and you’ve reinforced your interview. Now we can easily wrap this up with a final thank you and some contact information.

Example

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the Food Line Inspector position. If needed, I can be reached on my cellular phone (305) 555-5555 or at my e-mail address CCharles305@gmail.com.

Best Regards,

Corey Charles

Congratulations!

You’ve just completed a letter that is guaranteed to remind a potential employer of your interview and might even leave you as a top choice candidate. Remember, it’s not enough to do just enough if you want to stand out; you have to go the extra mile.

Sample Thank You Letter

Dear Joseph Manning,

I wanted to take the time to express my thanks for the opportunity to meet with you during our 5:00pm interview yesterday. Your Food Line Inspector position is something I am still very interested in and I truly hope I can fill this role in the near future.

At my last job working for City Steaks, I was the Food Inventory Specialist for three years. I learned so much about the Restaurant and Food Industry working for this Restaurant and it was extremely positive. City Steaks holds a 4.8 out of 5 rating on Google and has won Zagat awards for five years running. Their food is considered the tastiest served and it starts with inspecting the foods freshness every morning. This was the role I was tasked with and their continued praise On Google, yelp and Zagat help display my efforts in making sure customers get the best experience for their taste buds.

I remember discussing what it takes to be a Food Line Inspector with your company and you asked me what I thought was most important. I recall my response, “Fresh well-kept food starts with an organized fridge.” I am still just as passionate about this response as I was during the interview. At City Steaks, I was in charge of the color-coding by dates for all produce and prep work. Red Tags were cooked or thrown out before close at all times. Tags were rotated on a daily basis so food freshness was well tracked at all times. This kept food shrinkage low while at the same time provided high quality meals on a consistent basis. This is the kind of order and quality I wish to bring to your establishment.

A Food Line Inspector has to maintain and keep track of food products not just to offer high quality tasting meals but also, to offer food that won’t make people sick. At City Steaks I took my job very seriously. Restaurants feed families. Whenever a family comes into a restaurant they become a part of that family. Being a part of providing a fresh and delicious meal is a very satisfying job and it is one that I hope you will entrust me with.

Thank you for the opportunity to meet with you and discuss the Food Line Inspector position. If needed, I can be reached on my cellular phone (305) 555-5555 or at my e-mail address CCharles305@gmail.com.

Best Regards,

Corey Charles