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Saturday, June 15, 2024

The guide to follow ups and thank you letters

I’ve never been one to suck-up or brown nose to get preference with a recruiter. I’m not good at it and it makes me feel generally uncomfortable. Call me old school, but I much prefer warming up to recruiters with straight-up merit and qualifications, and personality thrown into the mix.

However, this presents a difficult situation for me when it comes to follow-ups and thank yous for a recruiter’s time and effort throughout the interview process. I’ve learned the hard way that politely sending a genuine thank you email is definitely not the same as sucking up. In fact, from what I’ve seen in my most recent trip to UF for career fair, it can be the difference in whether or not you’re even considered after an interview.

Here are a few ways to say thank you:

-For most people, email is the preferred way to reach out for just about anything. This includes any message of gratitude. This means you need to have the recruiter’s email address, so keep that in mind before you leave them.

-Make sure your follow-up email is timely. This will not only keep it relevant, but will help the recruiter remember who you are. Seeing your face and name early in the day, and your name again not long after seriously increases their chances of recognition.

-Keep the email short and sweet. This is not meant to be a 5 paragraph email giving thanks. In a couple sentences, let the recruiter know you really appreciated his/her time and you look forward to next steps.

-Along with my previous point, do not use this email as an opportunity to include any information that you forgot to mention and “just wanted to tell them real quick!” This instantly makes the email about you when really you were trying to send a message about them.

-Don’t expect a response right away, or even at all. This doesn’t mean your email when unnoticed. Trust me, they see it.

-Do not send a gift. This definitely crosses the line into schmoozer territory. Many companies have rules against gifts and aren’t able to accept them anyway, so don’t put them in an awkward situation. 

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