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Tips to Writing For Apply Job

How do you continue to stand out after a successful job interview has wrapped? Send a thank you note. No matter the person, gratitude leaves a lasting impression.

“It is a common courtesy to thank busy people for taking the time to give you an opportunity to display your talents. In today’s job market, anything you can do to differentiate yourself from the competition is good,” said Laura Kerekes, chief knowledge officer at ThinkHR. “Sending [thank-you] notes may seem outdated, but everyone appreciates hearing that the time they spent was considered valuable.”

Recap your skills

The exercise of the thank-you note is a great opportunity to remind the interviewers about how your skills tie to their hiring needs.

“There are [probably] multiple candidates interviewing for the position, and many of those candidates may have skills similar to yours,” Kerekes said. “Taking the time to let them know of your interest after the meeting and telling them you’re already thinking about what you could do to create value for their company could set you apart from the competition.”

When writing your thank-you note, you don’t want to come off as desperate, but you don’t want to be too cavalier about your interview experience, either.

“By simply saying ‘thank you,’ the impression you make is that you’re confident but not desperate, skilled but not selfish,” said S. Chris Edmonds, author, and founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. “You’re not demanding they hire you or demanding they let you know by Friday, at latest. You’re being nice and emphasizing your talents.”

Stand out with extra effort

Most experts recommend sending your thank-you note via email within a day of the interview to ensure timely delivery. However, you may also consider sending a handwritten note.

According to the Harvard Business Review, handwritten notes are unusual, but they can be effective when sent in conjunction with an emailed thank you. They take time to draft, each word carefully chosen with no “undo” or “autocorrect” to fall back on. A handwritten thank you involves selecting stationery, paying for stamps and visiting a mailbox. The notes indicate investment, and that very costliness indicates value, said article author John Coleman.

“While saying ‘thank you’ is important, the beauty of a well-crafted handwritten note is that it can show deeper investment and appreciation than a simple thank you can,” Coleman wrote.

Time it right

Timing is an important aspect of sending a thank-you note. Regardless of the actual schedule of the hiring process, the time between the interview and the note is important.

“Send a quick email [thank-you note] within 24 hours,” Edmonds said. “Mail your handwritten thank you within 24 hours as well. That way, it’ll arrive a day or two following your email note, adding gravitas to your thoughtfulness.”

The timing of the hiring process itself should be discussed during the actual interview, and shouldn’t be part of the actual thank-you note. Kerekes advised waiting until the agreed upon “hear back” date to follow up again.

“Respect the process that the company has set. It looks desperate when applicants follow up even when they know the company is still working through the process,” Kerekes said. “The only exception to this would be when you have another job offer and you need to get back to the other employer with a decision.”

Future Career Tips

Internships help prepare college students and recent graduates for their future careers by allowing them to take what they’ve learned in the classroom and apply it in real-life situations and environments. Some internships are paid and others aren’t, but regardless, both students and companies benefit from the experience, experts say.

“It is vital that a student understands what they are getting into before becoming fully invested in the career path that they choose,” said Todd Rothman, an educator and partner/co-founder of wyzPREP, which prepares students for the Graduate Management Admission Test (commonly called the GMAT). Internships provide the opportunity to work alongside mentors and peers, and gain experience you cannot get in a classroom, he added.

A competitive climate

Just like the job market, the internship climate is extremely competitive, with tons of applicants competing for the same job. Nowhere is that more evident than in California’s Silicon Valley, Jeff Selingo, author of “There is Life After College,” wrote on LinkedIn. Each summer, thousands of college students descend on the technology mecca to work as interns at a mix of startups and Fortune 100 companies. During those three months, these companies are looking for the best students in their intern pools — as well as those at other firms — and putting a full-court press on them to commit to permanent jobs after they graduate, Selingo said.

According to Selingo, more companies are hiring from their intern pools. This means recruiters have shifted their attention from hiring soon-to-graduate seniors as full-timers to scoping out juniors, even as early as the fall term, to be interns the next summer.

“Internships are increasingly the only way for new applicants to get in the door at some companies,” Selingo wrote. “Postings for internships now make up a significant proportion of the overall entry-level job openings in several industries, including engineering, graphic design, communications, marketing and information technology.”

“Everybody wants to get a chance to prove themselves, and many companies now treat internships as a trial run for full-time employment,” added Jon Loew, CEO and founder of KeepTree, a service that captures messages and send them on a designated date. “Most applicants are aware of this, so you have to compete with a lot of other qualified candidates looking to get a leg up.”

Apply the right way

Despite the competitiveness, you shouldn’t apply to internships for the sake of having them on your resume.

“First and foremost, make sure you apply for internships that truly interest you,” Rothman said. “Internships can be very demanding on a student’s time and effort. The more passionate a student is about [their internship], the more they will gain from it.”

Rothman noted that it is vital that students understand what they are getting into before becoming fully invested in the career path. Even if the student won’t be offered a job at the end of it, it’s important to have a direction.

Even if there is no potential for interns to be hired at the end of the internship, they shouldn’t rule out that particular opportunity, Loew said. “The networking opportunity alone can be invaluable,” he noted. “The best way to know is to evaluate what you really want to do with your life and focus on working and learning about that particular job.”

Time spent at these internships is valuable and should be treated as such, Rothman noted. However, it’s important to be wary of companies that try to take advantage of young professionals, said Natalya Khaykis, analyst at ZipJob.

“Research the company for reviews, and stick to reputable companies where you can learn and have a shot at employment after the internship,” Khaykis said.

Getting the internship

Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, it’s important to remember to treat the process — from submitting your resume, to interviewing, to accepting the internship — as you would a real job search.

Applicants can set themselves apart in the interview process. One way to do this is to ask questions that show a deeper interest in the company and the industry. For example, instead of asking, “What will I be doing?” and “Can I get a job out of this?” ask, “What is the company culture like?” or “What opportunities will I have to learn?” Loew suggested.

Rothman noted that before students accept an internship, they should understand the time commitment and the internship objectives.

“You want to be sure that you have the time and ability to fulfill your obligations,” Rothman said. “An internship provides an inside look at what [that job] will require before you get accepted. In some sense, it is like having a crystal ball and being able to see what your future career will look like.”

“Treat your internship like a real job, and show you’re committed and got what it takes to handle any tasks,” Khaykis added. “A good intern also puts a lot of emphasis on learning. Find a mentor, ask questions and show you’re eager to learn more and get the job done.”