Electronic vs. Handwritten: A Thank You Note

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The question in this day and age is often not if you should you send a thank you note after your interview, but whether to do it electronically or through old fashion snail mail? I have read two articles lately that have brought me over to the side of email. Miller, put a nail in it for me with the term “follow-up notes” and her definition “The purpose is to build on the conversation, reiterate your interest, and hopefully make yourself a stronger candidate.” That definition is spot on why we send a note.

In the world of today’s fast technology, by the time a paper note passes through an employer’s mailroom second interviews and decisions are happening. However, there is an art to email. Kelly does a great job of explaining this art in her post. I personally have replied to emails that include an inspiring follow-up question or a possible solution to a problem. Another win for the electronic route is it’s easier to store one’s contact information and pass it along to some potential employers.

I am for email for professional growth, but like Walker, I still believe it is important to have a set of notecards to express gratitude for professional favors already granted (such as informational interviews, letters of recommendation — and, of course, for gifts).

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5 Responses to Electronic vs. Handwritten: A Thank You Note

  1. This is such a struggle for me! For jobs, I often do both.


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  2. “Old fashioned snail mail” that’s quite funny 😁

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    • msw blog says:

      It is a funny term, but I can not take credit for it the phrase has been around for centuries as it refers to ” the snail with its slow speed — is a retronym that refers to letters and missives carried by conventional postal delivery services”

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