As a job seeker, you're a salesperson. It therefore stands
to reason that common sales techniques can help you close
the deal on your job hunt.
For instance, sending a thank-you note after an interview
is common sense--but surprisingly few people do it. As a prospective
employee, you're looking for every possible means to distinguish
yourself. Not only is the thank-you note good manners, it
- Reinforces you in the interviewer's mind.
- Gives you another chance to underscore your interest in
and suitability for the position.
- Provides an opportunity to showcase your writing skills.
- Shows that you pay attention to detail.
- Allows you to submit any additional information you may
have forgotten to mention or bring with you to the interview.
Not a bad return on a $.33 stamp. Check out a few sample
At the end of the interview, ask when you can expect a decision.
If that time period has come and gone, a phone call to the
person who coordinated your interview is acceptable. If several
weeks pass, and you still don't hear anything, phone again.
Persistence--not peskiness--pays off.