That’s the number of thank you notes I’ve received this year from all of the people I’ve met with to help with their job search. Two thank you notes. I speak to many people a day and meet with scores of people each month – and TWO sent me a thank you note.
Sure, a few might have sent an email referencing some appreciation, but only two have taken the time to write something on a piece of paper and mail it. I’m belaboring this point because I think it is telling – I remember the two people who sent me something this year. The person I met that Thursday afternoon in January…not so much.
Always send a thank you note after you meet with someone in relation to your job search. If you are a belt-and-suspenders person, send an email after the meeting and follow-up with a written note that will arrive a few days later (and will serve as a good reminder to get back to you). You will make an impression and the note is a simple, polite reminder that you are still waiting to hear from them.