Hey Parents, I’m back with another idea for your soon/newly graduated young person who may be seeking gainful employment. I know you want them off the payroll so here is #3 in this job search series. (Once again, no disrespect is intended or implied when I call your new grad a ‘kid’ or ‘child,’ ‘k?)
This one is mandatory but you are probably going to have to force your new grad to accept this one so I’ll explain in detail below. Let’s talk about the Thank You Note card. This isn’t your old fashioned Thank You Letter (which doesn’t work. More on that in a little bit.)
For many, many years now I have been promoting, er, requiring the job seekers that I have worked with to buy a box of 4″ x 5″ plain white or ivory colored panel cards. You can get a box of 10 to 12 for $10-15 at Target, Office Depot, Walmart–just about anywhere really except for maybe Home Depot.
My clients, age not relevant; gender not relevant, attend their interview with this box of cards in their car, in purse or messenger bag. As soon as the interview is complete (Which reminds me of something else I may as well bring to your attention while I’m at it…) I promote that your job seeker head to the lobby, their car, or a nearby Starbucks (there’s ALWAYS a Starbucks near by!) and write out their Thank You notes ON THE SPOT. This is when they will learn why I insist on taking the entire box. They are going to screw up 2 or 3 for every one that makes the grade.
Their note will be short. Essentially “Thank you for your time today. I’m the right person for this position. I look forward to hearing back from you shortly”/Signature. Something like that.
Remind your job seeker that she will have to write down the exact spelling of her interviewer(s) names as they may or may not (most often not) offer a biz card. Tell her not to assume the guy’s name is spelled “John” because it may be “Jon” or “Steel” when it’s “Steele.” They cannot misspell a name at this critical moment.
Upon completing them (1 if for an individual. 1 each for every person they interviewed with in the event it was a panel interview or if they suffered, er, participated, in multiple interviews.) Have your job seeker return to the reception area where they began the process (See why I recommended the lobby…?!) and hand completed card/s to the receptionist asking him or her to “Please deliver this card to Mr. Gillis. I interviewed with him a few minutes ago.”
Here’s the rational:
- First, your kids can’t TXT their interviewer their thanx.
- Second, email is not elegant and makes no impact whatever. It may not even be seen.
- Third, the traditional snail-mail letter with USPS stamp will probably not arrive prior to a hiring decision being made. At this moment timing is of the essence.
More importantly the hiring manager will be blown away–on the spot–while your kid’s name and face are still a fresh memory! I can tell you what that person will be thinking: Who the heck does this?! Wow! Classy! I want my clients treated this way! Marge, get that kid back in here!
See the win? This is a cheap and highly effective way to become memorable and compelling in the mind of that person you, um, they are so badly trying to impress. Oh, and BTW, that next young person beginning their interview when the receptionist drops off your kid’s card with the manager? They don’t have a chance. Boom!
I Want This Job
Back to what I remembered to tell you while writing this little post: Make absolutely certain that your child ends the interview with a firm handshake, a steady gaze into the hiring managers eyes and these EXACT words: “I Want This Job.” Instruct them that after say this to turn confidently away and head for the door. THAT’S HOW YOU DO THE DEAL.
Think about it this way: Your child has finally completed school, has found that opportunity they want and was selected to interview. S/he does the appropriate apparel, hair, research–you know the drill. We’ve all been there. And then they go into interview and BLOW IT by asking that world-famous question at the end of their session: “What’s the next step?” Arrrrrgh! This is SO wrong on so many levels. Your job seeker has just lost all control/authority in the situation. How do you respond to “We’ll get back to you.”
The proper and only way to close the deal (thinking sales here–this isn’t hard) is to leave on a statement. NOT a question.
So, once again, the last statement is, repeat after me: “I Want This Job.” No one before him/her will have asked for the job and no one after them do so. It’s a win!