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Thank You Letters and Reference Pages—Are They Necessary?

By Greg Faherty, CPRW

Most job seekers understand the importance of the resume in getting interviews. More and more are becoming aware that the cover letter is also a highly important part of the application process. But far too many people underestimate the importance of the thank you letter, and to a lesser degree, reference pages.

The Thank You Letter

Letís look at the thank you letter first. A good thank you letter not only indicates to the interviewer that the applicant is polite, has good business sense, and is actually interested in the position, but it also serves as a reminder to the interviewer about the applicantís skills, and helps keep the applicantís name in the interviewerís head. That can go a long way towards getting a second interview, if not an actual job offer.

But what is a thank you letter? Basically, it is just a short note, seven to 10 sentences in length, which thanks a person for the interview, reminds them of the applicantís credentials, and gives an idea of how the applicant is a good fit for the company. Look at the example below:

The Reference Page

Todayís resumes no longer include references on them; some donít even mention references available. Why? Because itís understood that you canít go into an interview without having at least three professional references available, unless youíre a recent graduate with little or no experience. Even then, you should have letters from professors.

The reference page is usually brought in to the interview, or sent in along with the resume.

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Resume Doís and Doníts, Pt. I
Resume Doís and Doníts, Pt. II
Cover Letters
Thank You Letters and Reference Pages
Electronic & Scannable Resumes
The Curriculum Vitae
Other Resume Formats
Networking for Jobs
How to Use Your New Resume
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Interview Tips: Putting Yourself in the Best Light

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