Update: In 2019 we added a video version of this article:
Thank you notes are a dying art, and you can really stand out by sending them often. Emails don’t count! It has to be handwritten and sincere to really shine. They are so rare that you can be be sure it will make a great impression.
There’s 3 simple rules to writing an awesome thank you not:
1. Only say “thank you” twice in the note.
2. Never ask a favor in the note.
3. It’s never too late too write a thank you note.
Say thank you in the first paragraph. Personalize the note in a couple of sentences in paragraph 2. Finish by restating your appreciation and sign your name.
You can learn a LOT more about thank you notes on this 30 minute podcast by Career Tools.
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Handwritten thank you notes are a lost art and they are REALLY appreciated. Write them!