Call me old fashioned, but in this world of text and tweet I still believe in the beauty of a hand written thank you note. We may joke and call it snail mail, but when was the last time that you didn’t smile after receiving a thank you note in the mail? Not only does the gesture of a thank you note make you stand out in this digital world, but it also shows that you have taken the time to sit down and think of someone else. Thoughtfulness is such an endearing quality!
Some appropriate times to write a thank you note:
- Received a gift.
- Invited to a dinner/party.
- Invited to an event.
- After an interview. Always send a hand written thank you note to your interviewer, post interview. This shows that you are a thoughtful candidate who thinks of every detail. Not to mention has excellent manners!
- Helpful advice is given.
- Someone has helped you through a tough time.
- You were a house guest.
- A kind and touching gesture.
- Someone has gone out of their way to help you.
When it comes to writing the perfect thank you note, here are a few simple tips to getting it just right:
- Use a heavier weighted paper or an actual thank you card. Aesthetically pleasing, of course!
- Use a nice pen. Put that pencil down!
- Think of what you want to say and then customize your font size to fill out the card. You don’t want it to look too bare if you don’t have much to say.
- Always reference the thing that you are thanking them for and (if appropriate) how you plan to use it. Whether that be a gift, piece of advice, etc.
- Sign with your full name. There is no telling how many people they know with the same first name as you. Of course, if it is your parents or close friend they should know it was you!