Spring is a great time to search for new jobs for a number of reasons. First, budgets are often approved around January/February to hire more people. Second, the economy is pretty healthy right now, and businesses are ready to expand and try to grow their profits. For some companies, this means new hires to support these growth efforts. Lastly, it's also the time of year when companies often revisit their products, services, and technologies, working on improvements to keep competitive in the market.
If you're ready to job search, or perhaps you've already started, here's one skill you should sharpen: writing thank-you notes. A powerful thank-you note can land you the job -- we've seen it happen frequently with the candidates we place. (And on the flip side, we've seen bad thank-you notes damage a candidacy.) Here are four tips from our recruiters for writing the kind of thank-you note that impresses hiring managers.
1. Take notes in your interview
This tactic isn't just about looking (and being) more engaged in the interview -- though that certainly wins you points. It's also about writing a better thank-you note later. Mark down important points you discuss in the interview. What imperative job functions do your interviewers bring up? Are there any problems they're facing as a company that you could help with? Do they pose any questions that you might be more able to answer after a bit more thought? These are the kinds of things to add to your thank-you note later. Time and again, we find that a generic thank-you note -- one that feels like it's copied from a template -- will never impress hiring managers like a thank-you note that makes reference to specifics from the interview. In fact, in some cases, a generic thank-you note will hurt your candidacy more than help it! There are hiring managers who think a generic, template-like thank-you note shows so little effort that they think less of a candidate who sends one.
This article originally appeared on Glassdoor.com.