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After the Interview


The steps after the interview can often be just as important as the ones before and during. Move forward with confidence by putting these helpful tips to use.

Thank You Letters & Following Up
Writing your Resignation Letter
Starting a New Job


Thank You Letters and Following up

An often over looked and under valued aspect of the job hunt and interview follow up is the ever important thank you letter. The thank you note is critical to you getting noticed and to the success of the job hunt, but most people don’t take advantage of this simple, yet powerful form of follow up. Although experts differ on the style and formality of a proper thank you note, all agree sending one increases your affinity with those who have interviewed you, shows you are serious about your career search and the position, and demonstrates that you employ the most basic of people skills, the ability to show gratitude.

  • Always send your thank you letter the day after your interview at the latest for it to have the most impact. A week later the sentiment will be lost.
  • A conservative, handwritten thank you card is the most ideal, but you can also type a thank you letter and print it on quality, professional stationery. If you send a quick thank you via email, be sure to follow up with a written card as well.
  • Address the note to the specific individual you spoke with and double check your interviewer’s name and title and make sure of the correct spelling.
  • Thank the interviewer for his or her time and reiterate your interest in the position mentioning how your skills/experience will positively impact the company.
  • Don’t forget to thank anyone else who helped you during your job hunt. Send a note of gratitude to colleagues who provided recommendations for you, friends who helped proof your resume, employment firm personnel who provided a job lead, and anyone else who provided guidance or advice even in the smallest way. Doing so will let these people know you appreciate their help, which will make them want to help you again in the future.
  • After you have sent your thank you note, don’t inundate the company with calls checking on the status of the hiring process. If you have not received a call back in the time frame agreed upon during the interview, it’s appropriate to call and check in, but remember to be patient and don’t over do your follow up calls.

Writing your Resignation Letter

Your hard work searching for a job and all the interview prep and follow up you did has paid off. You’ve landed a new exciting career! Now what? It’s time to tender your resignation and start the transition to your new job. To avoid burning professional bridges, you’ll want to leave gracefully, this is achieved through the resignation letter.

  • Use proper form for business letters and keep it short, polite and positive. You may need the employer as a reference in the future and the resignation letter is not the proper venue for airing grievances.
  • Type your letter on a computer and address it to your supervisor. You may also provide a copy for the human resources department if your company has one.
  • In the letter, state that you are resigning and give the date the resignation is effective. For example, indicate if you are giving two weeks notice or if you are resigning immediately.
  • Thank your employer for the opportunities he or she provided and indicate that you are grateful to the company. Even if you do not whole heartedly feel that this is the case, you do not want to make enemies.
  • Refrain from explaining why you are leaving, why you hated your job, where you will be working, how much more they will be paying you, etc. DO say that you are willing to help with the transition your resignation may cause.
  • Expect your supervisor to want to talk to you about your decision. Be polite and again, don’t use this as an opportunity to vent. Understand that in some cases your employer may be angry you are leaving. Try not to become involved in a dispute about the situation.

Samples of Resignation Letters

Starting a New Job

Psychologists list starting a new job as one of the 10 most stressful things one can do, so it’s perfectly understandable to be nervous. From filling out a barrage of forms, to hours of online training, to getting a handle on workplace politics, a new job can be overwhelming. A little planning plus a dash of common sense can go a long way in helping you get off on the right foot at your new job.

  • First impressions at a new job really matter. You should treat the first day, and even the first month, like it’s still the interview. The necessary basics of arriving on time, dressing professionally, and being enthusiastic about your new role should go without saying.
  •  A lot of information about your position and procedures at your company will be thrown your way in the first 30 days. Ask questions and seek clarification on anything you don’t understand, but take notes and pay attention so to better remember what you are learning.
  • Figure out how your boss prefers to communicate and keep him or her updated on your progress. It’s important to get off on the right foot, so set a meeting to discuss his or her expectations and make sure you are on the same page.
  • Start slow when you’re developing relationships with co-workers. Be pleasant and polite, but hold back from being too boisterous in a meeting and don’t over do it. Once you’ve built up a rapport with your co-workers, you are free to let more of your true self come to life.
  • Be open minded about your new company’s processes and procedures and don’t get caught saying, That’s not how we did it at my old company. Give yourself time to adjust.
  • Remember that your co-workers may be threatened by you and your ideas at first. Although it’s natural to want to impress your new co-workers with your great ideas right away, give it some time and instead focus on simply doing the job you were assigned to the best of your ability. Later, when you see an opening to assist in resolving a nagging problem, volunteer to help and show that you are a team player.
  • Be patient. It takes time to understand the company culture and social norms. Start by figuring out which people seem to be in the know and approach them with simple questions about processes (like determining how best to communicate updates on a project with someone), staying clear of questions about personality. You don’t want to come off like you’re fishing for gossip or are prying. Chances are good the person you are asking will not only answer your question, they will add in helpful background details on their own (as in, Send updates via email, but keep it simple, Ms. Smith is a real cut-to-the-chase type).