Write Thank-You letter Even When Not Interested in Job?


Kathy writes:
I contacted a company to see if they had any positions available
in the field that I am interested in (fashion design). Someone
responded with a description of a position that opens up every
now and then that I thought I would be interested in and she told
me to send my resume. I went to a job fair and found out that
that person was there representing her company and introduced
myself. I am no longer interested in that position. Should I still
write a thank-you letter of some sort and what should I say?


The Career Doctor responds:
One of the key rules of job-hunting is don’t burn any bridges — you just
never know when you’ll run into someone again. The person who is
recruiting for that position today may be in a situation in the future
where she is hiring for a position that better suits you. Another key
rule is it never hurts to follow good business etiquette.
Job-hunting is all about building your network of contacts and using these
contacts to help further your career just as you might help those same
people (or others in your network) advance their careers.
So yes of course — write a thank-you letter. How long does it take to
write a thank-you letter? Just think about the payback you could receive
from such an easy and courteous gesture if not now somewhere
down the road. And you’ll stand out from the crowd because amazingly
very few job-seekers make the effort to send thank you letters.
The content of the letter should be short and direct. Thank the woman
for her time and interest for discussing the company and the position.
Then simply state that since the job fair your career goals have shifted
and you are no longer interested in that position. You could even
describe the new job interest you have — who knows — perhaps her
company is also hiring in that area or perhaps she knows of another
company that is hiring for that type of position.
Want to see what a good thank-you letter looks like? We have a bunch of
them in our Sample
Job Interview Thank-You Letters
section of Quintessential Careers.

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Kathy writes:
I contacted a company to see if they had any positions available
in the field that I am interested in (fashion design). Someone
responded with a description of a position that opens up every
now and then that I thought I would be interested in and she told
me to send my resume. I went to a job fair and found out that
that person was there representing her company and introduced
myself. I am no longer interested in that position. Should I still
write a thank-you letter of some sort and what should I say?


The Career Doctor responds:
One of the key rules of job-hunting is don’t burn any bridges — you just
never know when you’ll run into someone again. The person who is
recruiting for that position today may be in a situation in the future
where she is hiring for a position that better suits you. Another key
rule is it never hurts to follow good business etiquette.
Job-hunting is all about building your network of contacts and using these
contacts to help further your career just as you might help those same
people (or others in your network) advance their careers.
So yes of course — write a thank-you letter. How long does it take to
write a thank-you letter? Just think about the payback you could receive
from such an easy and courteous gesture if not now somewhere
down the road. And you’ll stand out from the crowd because amazingly
very few job-seekers make the effort to send thank you letters.
The content of the letter should be short and direct. Thank the woman
for her time and interest for discussing the company and the position.
Then simply state that since the job fair your career goals have shifted
and you are no longer interested in that position. You could even
describe the new job interest you have — who knows — perhaps her
company is also hiring in that area or perhaps she knows of another
company that is hiring for that type of position.
Want to see what a good thank-you letter looks like? We have a bunch of
them in our Sample
Job Interview Thank-You Letters
section of Quintessential Careers.


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