Shakespeare said it best, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't say it as well. I'm talking about the most basic of etiquette elements: The Thank-You Note.
If Death is the great Equalizer, the Thank-You Note can be the great Differentiator. On the social front you may not need to stand out from the crowd. Is it worth the extra effort to be the bride who sent notes within a week of each shower? Or to have great-aunt Sally tell your grandmother that you write the nicest thank-you notes? (The assumption is that you will undoubtedly send a thank-you; the extra effort refers to the promptness and quality of the note!) On the business front, however, standing out from the crowd is what it's all about.
A well-written note after an interview might well be what takes you to the top of the candidate list. It brings you to the mind of the interviewer(s) again and demonstrates that you are the type of professional who will be an asset to their organization. There are many other business situations when a brief thank-you is required, in the interest of time I will not attempt to list them here. The point is to send them and to do it promptly.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks for tips on writing the perfect thank-you note . . .