Aug 15, 2011
We’re a staffing company. We see hundreds of resumes cross our desks every day. It’s hard for one candidate to really make a strong, sustainable impression. However, if you do happen to get an interview or speak with a prospective employer, there is one very small gesture that can really seal your fate when it comes to being offered a job.
A thank you note.
It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be long. It just needs to exist in good clean format with proper grammar and spelling.
In fact, after each of our candidates has an interview, we guide them through the process of writing up a thank you note to send to their interviewer. The team at TxMQ is always speaking with potential employees for both internal and external positions. Just the other day, we were pondering whether to speak with a candidate for a second time regarding an internal position.
While we had originally been impressed with her qualifications, we declined to speak with her again as she had not followed up in any manner after the first discussion. No phone call, no email, not letter, no communication at all. In our book, that showed she was not interested in the position after speaking with her about it.
The thank you note is your opportunity to express your interest in the job and demonstrate that you can and will follow up. It used to be the old understanding that your thank you note must have been hand written, but that’s not the case anymore.
Following up with a simple email is plenty. Drop your prospective employer a note to thank him for his time meeting with you, and use the opportunity to reflect for a moment on the interview. Basing your note on the discussion you had, allow yourself to point out the strengths you have which will allow you to excel in the position offered. It’s a final push to sell yourself as the optimal candidate for the job.
Then, even if the position isn’t offered immediately, you’ve paved the way to keep yourself on the front burner for future opportunities.
TxMQ is a leader in the IT staffing and solutions industry. We offer contract, contract to perm and permanent placement positions in a variety of industries.
Since its inception, TxMQ has specialized in Mainframe software and mainframe systems support offerings. As mainframe software and mainframe applications and subsystems like DB2, z/OS, CICS, MQ, and DB2 continued to grow in popularity, so too did TxMQ’s offerings.
These expanded to include technologies like virtualization solutions including Linux Virtualization, network Virtualization (Cloud Computing), and desktop Virtualization, as well as mainframe modernization.
As the web became more prevalent and a part of the enterprise, we followed IBM’s offerings and added skilled resources and SME’s in areas like WebSphere, BPM and SOA, including both Lombardi, and Metastorm (now a part of open text), as well as DataPower.
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