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Are follow-up thank you note still a thing?

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Someone messaged me with a question and the question very simply was, "Are thank you notes still a thing or can I bag it? In other words, do I really have to do this?
No, you don't really have to do it. The reality is, you don't have to send a thank you. But why would you miss an opportunity to sell someone on your being qualified and interested? Seriously? Why would you give up an opportunity to present your suitability for a role when you have one as well timed as a thank you note?
Now, if you wait a week and a half to send it, that's stupid. If you do it the same day or the next morning after the interview, perfect!
The format of the of the thank you note can be as simple as
"Thank you for making time to meet with me today/yesterday. I enjoyed meeting with everyone and I just wanted to summarize what I heard and how my background fits.
"You told me you were looking for someone with such and such experience. I have six years of background with that, including such and such. You mentioned that you wanted someone with this kind of experience. I've done this for the last seven years where I've done this and that, this and that."
You go through a quick list of things that they told you about-- the role and how your background fits.
"I hope to hear from you about next steps and if I don't hear from you (and hopefully you asked them when you might hear from them about next steps. If you didn't). If I haven't heard from you by early next week, I'll follow up to see when you might be moving forward with next steps."
The idea becomes use it as an opportunity to resell your qualifications and to indicate that you're interested and plan on following up if you haven't heard from them.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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