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Image from Brunch at Saks

Image from Brunch at Saks

Now that the worst of my migraines is over and I’m officially on the road to recovery, I’ve begun looking for jobs.

With applying for jobs comes the need for handwritten thank you notes, for anyone who wrote a letter of recommendation, or helped along the way.

According to etiquette expert Mindy Lockard, “The key to a well-written thank-you note is not found in profound statements, the use of large words, or even perfect penmanship. Thank-you notes are about crediting the giver of time and act of kindness while expressing your sentiment.”

Here’s a general template for a professional thank you note:

Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs.__________,

Thank you for generously taking time to ______________. I so appreciate your kindness in taking the time out of your busy schedule. I’ll be sure to stay in touch and look forward to seeing you soon.

Best regards,


If using a thank you note to follow-up with someone you met at a networking event, be sure to include a specific reference to a conversation you had such as, “I enjoyed hearing about your recent trip to SXSW to present on SEO Measurement.” Also, for a follow-up note, always include your calling card.

Send out thank you cards as soon as possible. Princess Diana used to address and stamp her thank you notes the night before an event and lay out her stationary, so right after returning home from the event she could sit down and write out the note while the even was still fresh in her head. Now that’s a woman who plans ahead!

The most important tip is to always be prepared. Check out the image at the top of this post. Ideally, that’s what your desk should look like, always stocked with stationary, stamps and calling cards.

For suggestions on stationary, check out my post on that here.