Stacey Moulton, Associate Director, Career Education Center at Providence College. Received B.A. in Philosophy & Criminal Justice from Stonehill College and Masters in Information Age Marketing from Bentley College. Previously worked in Marketing and Securities Lending at State Street Corporation.
Two words. Two Syllables. Two minutes. That is all it takes to thank someone properly. So why do so many people forget to do it? It is easy to remember to thank someone when you receive a tangible gift. However, when someone gives you time, a piece of advice, a professional contact, a verbal thank you simply isn’t enough. It is much more powerful to also send a thank you note. Here’s why.
As you prepare for your future career you want to build your network. To do that, you need to make connections and develop relationships. Speaking with someone, saying thank you, then moving on doesn’t achieve that. Your connection is over. By speaking with someone, then following up with a thank you note (or email) you are showing that you value their time. You are making a positive impression while demonstrating your professionalism. You are “meeting” them a second time and creating an opportunity to build the relationship. The person you met with, may have been thinking about your interests and may now have a suggestion, or possibly a contact to give you, and your note just made it easier (and important) for them to pass this information along to you.
Sending a thank you matters. Take time to master the art of saying thank you.