Another Reminder: Send a Thank-You Note, Job Seekers

Are you in the habit of sending thank-you notes after a job interview? In case you didn’t already know, here’s more evidence that it’s a practice worth keeping up with. A new CareerBuilder survey found that 22 percent of hiring managers say they’re less likely to hire a candidate if they don’t get a thank-you after the interview.

Don’t worry about stocking up on fountain pens and fancy stationery, though — almost 90 percent of hiring managers say an email is acceptable, and for half, email is even preferred.

The CareerBuilder survey contains some other useful tips for job seekers. For example, most hiring managers would rather see a career summary than an objective, and a bulleted list of accomplishments is also preferred.

Also, a job seeker’s window for consideration is frighteningly brief, so keep those resumes clean and crisp. “One-in-five hiring managers say they spend 30 seconds or less looking at a resume, so all your communications need to be professional and to the point,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder.

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Publish date: April 14, 2011 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT