If you want to advance your career and expand your network of contacts, I urge you to initiate appropriate follow-up communication:

  • Quickly with an email message (within 24 hours)
  • Soon with a handwritten note (within a couple of days)

These small acts of kindness can make a world of difference!  To learn how I know the impact of follow-up communication, read my story below.

In the last few weeks, I have been applying and interviewing at Indianapolis nonprofit organizations – planning for my transition from full-time student and part-time employee to a full-time employee.

Upon returning to an organization for a second interview, I noticed something different about the interviewer’s stack of papers.  The handwritten thank you note (that I had sent after the first interview) was paperclipped to my cover letter, resume, and writing samples.  My prospective employer had taken note that I had sent a handwritten card.

So, I encourage you to take a few minutes after any informational interview, job interview, networking introduction, personal favor, professional advice…or just because…and send a quick email and a personal note!

Please leave a comment with your opinion on appropriate follow-up communication.  What works well for you?

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