Thank-You Letters

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Overview

Thank-you letters are a type of formal farewells commonly used in professional settings to thank a potential employer. Not only are they seen as a professional courtesy but sending a thank-you letter is a wise job search move! Sending one to an interviewer shows that posses class and leaves them with a positive impression of you.

Do’s & Don’t’s

  • DO be professional in addressing your potential employer.

When sending your thank-you letter, make sure to address the interviewer using the correct title. Use formal salutations and steer clear of using any slang or informal words.

  • DON’T wait.

The optimum time to send your thank-you letter falls within a 24 hours of your interview. If you wait too long, the hiring decision could have already been made and your letter serves no purpose and will not make you stand out among other candidates.

  • DO be brief.

In your letter, get straight to the point and don’t drag it on. You have already expressed why you are a good candidate for the job in the interview. Express gratitude for the interview’s time and interest in you and then proceed to close out your letter.

  • DON’T forget to spellcheck.

Before sending your thank-you letter, like all documents, be sure to proofread it for any spelling or grammatical errors. Double check the spelling of your interviewers name.

  • DO use the appropriate form of communication.

If you are unsure as to whether you should send a handwritten letter versus a typed one, then assess the industry you are in. If they are more conservative, type a thank-you letter. If the they are less formal, then a handwritten letter may be sufficient, however, be sure to use professional stationery. Sending a text to your potential employer is too informal and not an appropriate way to send a thank-you letter.

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For more information on how to write a thank-you letter or any general career related information, be sure to visit our website or you can give us a call at (619) 594-6851.

Student Highlight: Cooper Abrams

Cooper Abrams is a graduating senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Counseling and Social Change at San Diego State University.

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SDSU CS:  How has/did Career Services and the Summer Internship Program aided you throughout your school years?

Cooper:  Career Services has provided me with a number of resources to help in applying for internships, including resume and internship workshops. Also, the staff always goes above and beyond to take care of students and make sure they feel comfortable asking for help.

SDSU CS: What services have/did you used at Career Services, including assessments, mock interviews, career counseling, job listings, on campus interviewing or others?

Cooper: I’m currently using the Aztec Mentor Program, and have used career counseling, internship workshops, employer panels, and resume builders.

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SDSU CS: What Career Services and the Summer Internship Program events have/did you attended, such as Career Fairs, panel programs, student club or organizational presentations, class presentations?

Cooper: I have attended Career Fairs, panel programs, and student organization presentations.

SDSU CS: How would you evaluate the impact of SDSU Career Services and the Summer Internship Program on your career development?

Cooper: Without Career Services, the application and interview process for jobs and internships can appear daunting. However, since I began utilizing the resources and opportunities presented through Career Services, I’ve gained more confidence and a better understanding of what employers are looking for in college students. I feel up-to-date on the latest tips for navigating the application and interview process because of Career Services.

SDSU CS: What is/was your major? And are/were you involved in any internships, jobs, or career related activities that are relevant to your major?

Cooper: I’m majoring in Marketing with a minor in Counseling and Social Change. I recently completed an internship with 3M Company and traveled to Minnesota, Texas, Seattle, and Oregon. I’ve also been a member of the Business Honors Program, Aztec P.R.I.D.E., Rotaract, Toastmasters, Sophomore SURGE, Aztec Music Group, Mortar Board, Ambassadors, and Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Business Fraternity. Also, last Fall I was fortunate enough to have competed in Indiana University’s National Sales Competition and will compete in the CIBER International Business Case competition this Fall in Connecticut and Boston.

SDSU CS: What made you pick your internship?

Cooper: 3M has a partnership with a small number of universities across the country to facilitate the Frontline Sales Program, which is an 11-week internship that develops sales and marketing students for entry-level positions. Also, 3M is an excellent company that is known for constantly innovating and maintaining its reputation as one of the most ethical companies. I knew from speaking with former interns that 3M treats its employees extremely well, and provides opportunities to learn and grow within the company. Also, the internship itself allows students to travel and experience the day-to-day life of working for a large corporation.

SDSU CS: Has/did SDSU Career Services and the Summer Internship Program helped you prepare for entering the job market?

Cooper: Absolutely! SDSU Career Services has provided numerous resources such as career counseling, resume builders, and career fairs that have helped me understand what employers are looking for in college students.

SDSU CS: What advise/tips do you have for current SDSU students looking to get an internship and/or join the Summer Internship Program?

Cooper: The best advice I have for current SDSU students looking to get an internship is to go above and beyond in everything you do! Each email, phone call, and interaction you have with an employer is a representation of your brand, and you must understand the importance of maintaining a high level of professionalism throughout the interview process. Utilize your network on campus and do not be afraid to reach out to anyone!

SDSU CS: What has been/was the most rewarding part of your internship?

Cooper: The most rewarding part was receiving a full-time offer at the conclusion of my internship.  

SDSU CS: What do you wish you knew before interning that you would like to share with other students?

Cooper: I would tell students to believe that they are fully capable of achieving whatever they want. Don’t let someone’s past experience determine yours, ask a lot of questions, and do not be afraid to speak up. Show up on time and bring a positive attitude, the rest will take care of itself.

SDSU CS: Would you recommend other students complete an internship?

Cooper: Yes, I think internships can serve two purposes: students will gain experience in a field they enjoy or realize they would like to take a different career path. In the end, an internship will give students a chance to apply their experiences and knowledge gained in the classroom to a “real-world” experience.

Cooper has already achieved so much and he hasn’t even graduated yet! Way to go! 

To learn more about services we offer such as the Aztec Mentor Program or the Summer Internship Program be sure to visit our website or you can give us a call at (619) 594-6851.

 

*Updated* Alumni Spotlight: Curtis Michael Davis

Curtis Michael Davis graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Computer Science in May 2015.

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SDSU CS: Were you involved on campus? If so, how?

Curtis: A little, I worked part time, so involvement wasn’t big. I spent some time with the Student African American Brotherhood though.

SDSU CS: How did Career Services aid you in your search?

Curtis: Last semester, I really wanted to find employment using my degree. I used the WorkAbility IV program Career Services offers. I worked with Tina Little and Jeanette Meliska-Romero. They helped me create a resume that landed me a position at eIntern, a professional IT service company.

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SDSU CS: What is you new position?

Curtis: My new position is Software Developer, paid, and I’ll be relocating to Washington, D.C.

SDSU CS: Any additional comments?

Curtis: The transition from being a student to joining the workforce will be rough. You want to start thinking about working in your field early on in college career and envisioning yourself working at a professional level. It is very important that you enjoy what you are studying; that makes it easier to put in the work necessary to do well in your classes. See what internship opportunities are available as early as your sophomore year. An internship will help you see how what you are studying relates to your career after college and you’ll be better prepared to explain to employers how you can contribute to the success of their company.

We’d like to congratulate Curtis on his success and we hope the transition to Washington, D.C. is smooth!

We caught up with Curtis this month to get an update on how he was settling into his new career and here’s what he said:

Curtis: The internship at eIntern, now called Revature, didn’t quite work out. But in hindsight, I think it was for the best. Based on the feedback of people I have met who have completed the training, their experience with the company has not been positive.

I returned to San Diego and continued my search for a better opportunity. After 7 months, I accepted a job offer for Software Engineer with Northrop Grumman. The pay is excellent, full benefits are provided, and the nature of their work is quite interesting, with a big impact on the world.
There are at least three important things to learn from this experience.
– If you do find an opportunity, but it doesn’t turn out like you hoped, don’t be discouraged. Something better can come along. You just have to keep putting your name in the pot.
– Find a company that you feel you have the best shot at obtaining a career with (based on how much they are hiring and the number of people you know who work with or have worked with the company in some capacity). Then be persistent in applying for jobs with the company and being a part of all the events they are attending or hosting
– While you’re at school, make as many connections as possible. Ask questions in class and get familiar with your professors. Attend group study sessions and join clubs. One of the interviewers at Northrop Grumman was actually a former teaching assistant in one of my classes who remembered me. I’m sure that helped a lot.
Big thanks to Tina Little and WorkAbility IV for not letting me give up and letting me know of any networking opportunity available.
We are so proud of Curtis and his ability to bounce back and find another career that worked well with him!

To learn more about WorkAbility IV and the other services our office offers, be sure to visit our website or you can give us a call at (619) 594-6851.