My Medical Device Sales Career
Times have changed, and so have my articles that address the crafting and execution of the Perfect Thank You Note that follows a job interview. A Thank You Note is required, as always, after each formal interaction with the company you are engaged with during the entire process. That has not changed, what has changed is the speed in which they expect it and that follow-up speed after each interview step can be the difference between getting the job offer or not.
Certainly follow-up speed alone will not be the sole criteria used to judge your Thank You Note skill-set, yes it is a skill! So I will incorporate a few points from my earlier and older Thank You Note articles that have not become outdated and include the new.
The Art of Mastering the Thank You Note:
XXX-XXX-XXXX (your cell no.)
If you are sending this from your phone, make sure your name and contact information is correct since most people have to add that in manually vs. auto signature. Also, remember that most interviewers will be viewing your Thank You Note from their cell phone and will use your cell number to possibly auto call you from the cell number you typed in; make sure it is correct! Make it easy for your Interviewer to contact you again if they wish.
Many recruiters and Hiring Managers will tell you about candidates who were very strong during the interview process, but a botched or never delivered Thank You Note prevented them from either moving forward or even receiving a job offer after a final interview!
Remember, if you are the lucky one to receive the coveted job offer, send that final Thank You Note for the job offer! Make sure it registers the excitement of the moment and how happy you are they selected you! Most new hires forget to do this. Don't ever forget to be thankful for the person or people who extended you a job offer that you accept. That job offer could be the beginning of a new life and career path that you may not realize at the moment of acceptance. Sometimes that realization may come to you many years later as you look back upon your career. Be thankful for the possibilities they just extended to you. It can be life changing.
This article written in Memory of Dick Witham, Former Western Director of Davis & Geck, who passed December 13th of 2014. Dick hired me in 1982 and gave me my career journey to be one of the first women hired as an Operating Room Sales Representative and promoted up through the ranks of the Medical Device Sales Industry in a time when women were not hired, let alone promoted. THANK YOU for hiring and promoting me numerous times and being my trusted mentor for 17 years during our employ together and the many years afterwards during your retirement. You are missed by me, all of your former sales and sales management team! RIP
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