Have you ever taken the time to send a thank-you note after an interview? If you haven’t, you may believe this formality is “old-fashioned” or employers will not care. Whatever the reason might be, you need to know that employers do appreciate thank-you notes. A well-written thank-you note could help earn you a second interview — or even a job offer…

The common reason why thank-you notes have become unpopular these days is because of the name they were given. In fact, it’s a big mistake to think these letters are only supposed to show gratitude. Their real purpose, however, is to provide a follow-up to employers after an interview.

Savvy candidates are using thank-you notes to differentiate themselves from their competition. Besides expressing interest and appreciation for a certain position, these knowledgeable job seekers include topics discussed in the interview and additional details on how their expertise and background can help the department or company achieve their goals.

Keep in mind these notes aren’t a silver bullet: if you are not qualified for a position, writing one won’t help you land that job. But if you happen to be at the top of the candidates list for a position, sending one can help tilt the scales in your direction.

At Burchard and Associates, we know about these and other helpful strategies to put you ahead of the competition. Let us use your skills and expertise to help you excel in the job market. Contact us, or visit our website to learn more about how to get started with us.