The Importance of a Thank You

The end of November is a good time to reflect on the people who have made a positive impact on you professionally — professors, advisors, mentors, colleagues, family members, and others. Take inventory of these critical supports and send them a heart-felt thank you note that conveys what they mean to you.

Often, career counselors hear that job seekers are fearful of networking because they don’t want to be perceived of as “using” someone else. You can avoid feeling that way by being generous and showing your appreciation. Be sure and thank the people who have given you a recommendation, pointed you in the direction of a new opportunity, supported you when a set-back occurred, and helped make your dreams a reality.

Your network supports you because they care about you and want you to succeed, but don’t take them for granted. Make sure you show how much you appreciate and value them and their efforts. Let them know that they are an important part of your life and that you are conscious of the time and effort they put into supporting you.

  • Tell your professors how much you have learned and enjoyed their classes.
  • Make a good impression with employers by sending a thank you after every interview.
  • Thank your supervisor for giving you challenging projects and helping you grow professionally.
  • Show appreciation for your coworkers and let them know they are valued.
  • Express gratitude to your mentor for guiding you and return the favor by helping him or her as well.
  • Let your friends and family know how much their support and love means to you.

Simple thank yous can make a big impact. When you give back to your network like this, you keep your connections strong and remind people that you’re around, without asking for anything in return.


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