While they may seem outdated, “Thank You” notes are still a very important part of academic, professional, and social culture today. In this post, I’ll be covering reasons to give a “Thank You” note, methods to deliver your message, and things to be sure to include in your note for several different scenarios. I’ll also include a more general template below. Being thankful doesn’t have to be scary or a secret, let people know that you are thankful for what they do for you!
Reasons to give a “Thank You” note:
- You met with someone to learn more about their college/work and get advice
- You attend a college/grad school/company info session
- You received a letter of recommendation from someone
- You had a college/job interview with someone
- Your teacher/professor agrees to be a supervisor for your research project
- You received a gift from someone
Ways to deliver your message:
- Most universally applicable
- Can find email address on business card
- Handwritten letter (mailed or hand-delivered)
- Great option if you have a personal relationship or live in close proximity to them/their work
What to include in your message:
- What the person did for you
- How their help contributes to your academic plans/future/success
- If there’s an outcome associated with their help: (you get accepted to a school/program/club), be sure to let them know!
- Email: within 48 hours of the meeting/agreement/submission/etc.
- Hand-delivered: drop off within a week
- Mail: send out within 48 hours
A sample “Thank You” note could look like this:
Thank you so much for meeting with me last week to discuss your role at _________. I really enjoyed learning about ______. I am looking forward to being considered for ______ and appreciate your help throughout this process. I hope to stay in touch and ________!