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How I Get More Job Offers Than Others By Writing a Thank You Email

How I Get More Job Offers Than Others By Writing a Thank You Email

It may be in the majority’s mind that the interview is the final stage of a recruitment process. Once you give it all in the interview, the next thing to do is to sit and wait.

Well, it isn’t. There’s one more thing you can do. And it can help you stand out from the crowd. The thank you letter. It can do way more than a mere expression of gratitude and appreciation.

The Power of Thank You Emails You Have Never Imagined

In the book How to write better resumes and cover letters by Patricia K. Criscito, she mentioned a survey revealing less than 20% applicants write a thank you letter after an interview.

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However, most importantly, 94% of the recruiters said that a thank you letter would increase the chance of getting the job, or keeping the applicants in the contest. It seems that most applicants may have missed the most lethal weapon in their pursuit of dream jobs!

A carefully written thank you letter is not only an act of good manner. It is actually another stage for you to present yourselves and provide anything you think is important but left unspoken in the interview.

Besides, thank you letters can also remind the interviewers of your existence, with an additional good impression through your proactive expression of gratitude!

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Dos and Don’ts to Turn Your Thank You Letter into a Winning Bet

Start the letter with a clear purpose, “Thank you” + [Subject]

You can’t imagine how many spamming and phishing emails are sent to a company every day. If you don’t want your email to be treated as one of them, state clearly your purpose in the subject! Before you try to maximise your chance of getting the job, it’s best to avoid your effort being wasted.

Send an individual letter to each interviewer

Recall what you have talked about with every interviewer respectively and write about the individual connection with each of them. Never send the exact same message to all the interviewers. The mail will most likely be circulated around and it is easy to find out about the copy-and-paste mail you prepared. Then your thank you letter will do you more harm than good.

Reiterate the matters you talekd about with the interviewers

On one hand, it helps the interviewers recognise you as they may have dealt with hundreds of applicants a day. On the other hand, you can add what you think you should have said in the interview. It furthers shows how you are potentially a good match for the position.

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Write to the Interviewers, NOT anyone else.

Addressing the wrong people at very least doesn’t help you. In the worst case scenario, it can kill your chance if the job. The interviewers are the only employers in the company that know you. Writing to anyone else serves no purpose at all, regardless of the position they are in.

Therefore, remember to take note of the full name and position of the interviewers during the interview!

Send your letter as soon as possible, preferably within 24 hours

Think from the interviewers’ perspective. You have met hundreds of unfamiliar faces a day. Can you still recognise one of them after a day or two? Therefore, it is best to send the letter promptly while their memory is still fresh and they have a clue of who you are.

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Besides, they could be making the decision shortly after the interview. Then your thank you letter will be unable to make any positive impact.

Proofread the letter. Make sure it is mistake-free.

Imagine you receive a letter full of grammatical mistakes. On one hand, you find it hard to comprehend. On the other hand, you doubt the sincerity of the sender, thinking that he or she is not serious about the letter or is a very careless person.

In either case, you don’t want to be that sender. So proofread your letter. If possible, ask someone else to have a look too. They will probably discover some mistakes you overlooked.

Never correct the mistakes you made in the interview.

Don’t try to correct what you thought was inappropriate in the interview. The interviewer may have well forgotten about it. Bringing it up again simply reminds them that you did not perform well in the interview. Focus on the good and leave aside the bad.

Write in formal language. Don’t use the casual Internet language.

Despite that you write it in an email, keep all the writing in a formal style. It is a kind of respect to everyone. And after all, it is all part of a formal business setting. Stick to it. Don’t use any Internet acronyms or slangs. Memes are prohibited. Keep it formal.

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Last Updated on September 30, 2020

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

Effective vs Efficient: What’s the Difference Regarding Productivity?

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, there are a lot of similarities, and because of this, they’re often misused and misinterpreted, both in daily use and application.

Every business should look for new ways to improve employee effectiveness and efficiency to save time and energy in the long term. Just because a company or employee has one, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that the other is equally present.

Utilizing both an effective and efficient methodology in nearly any capacity of work and life will yield high levels of productivity, while a lack of it will lead to a lack of positive results.

Before we discuss the various nuances between the word effective and efficient and how they factor into productivity, let’s break things down with a definition of their terms.

Effective vs Efficient

Effective is defined as “producing a decided, decisive, or desired effect.” Meanwhile, the word “efficient ” is defined as “capable of producing desired results with little or no waste (as of time or materials).”[1]

A rather simple way of explaining the differences between the two would be to consider a light bulb. Say that your porch light burned out and you decided that you wanted to replace the incandescent light bulb outside with an LED one. Either light bulb would be effective in accomplishing the goal of providing you with light at night, but the LED one would use less energy and therefore be the more efficient choice.

Now, if you incorrectly set a timer for the light, and it was turned on throughout the entire day, then you would be wasting energy. While the bulb is still performing the task of creating light in an efficient manner, it’s on during the wrong time of day and therefore not effective.

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The effective way is focused on accomplishing the goal, while the efficient method is focused on the best way of accomplishing the goal.

Whether we’re talking about a method, employee, or business, the subject in question can be either effective or efficient, or, in rare instances, they can be both.

When it comes to effective vs efficient, the goal of achieving maximum productivity is going to be a combination where the subject is effective and as efficient as possible in doing so.

Effectiveness in Success and Productivity

Being effective vs efficient is all about doing something that brings about the desired intent or effect[2]. If a pest control company is hired to rid a building’s infestation, and they employ “method A” and successfully completed the job, they’ve been effective at achieving the task.

The task was performed correctly, to the extent that the pest control company did what they were hired to do. As for how efficient “method A” was in completing the task, that’s another story.

If the pest control company took longer than expected to complete the job and used more resources than needed, then their efficiency in completing the task wasn’t particularly good. The client may feel that even though the job was completed, the value in the service wasn’t up to par.

When assessing the effectiveness of any business strategy, it’s wise to ask certain questions before moving forward:

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  • Has a target solution to the problem been identified?
  • What is the ideal response time for achieving the goal?
  • Does the cost balance out with the benefit?

Looking at these questions, a leader should ask to what extent a method, tool, or resource meets the above criteria and achieve the desired effect. If the subject in question doesn’t hit any of these marks, then productivity will likely suffer.

Efficiency in Success and Productivity

Efficiency is going to account for the resources and materials used in relation to the value of achieving the desired effect. Money, people, inventory, and (perhaps most importantly) time, all factor into the equation.

When it comes to being effective vs efficient, efficiency can be measured in numerous ways[3]. In general, the business that uses fewer materials or that is able to save time is going to be more efficient and have an advantage over the competition. This is assuming that they’re also effective, of course.

Consider a sales team for example. Let’s say that a company’s sales team is tasked with making 100 calls a week and that the members of that team are hitting their goal each week without any struggle.

The members on the sales team are effective in hitting their goal. However, the question of efficiency comes into play when management looks at how many of those calls turn into solid connections and closed deals.

If less than 10 percent of those calls generate a connection, the productivity is relatively low because the efficiency is not adequately balancing out with the effect. Management can either keep the same strategy or take a new approach.

Perhaps they break up their sales team with certain members handling different parts of the sales process, or they explore a better way of connecting with their customers through a communications company.

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The goal is ultimately going to be finding the right balance, where they’re being efficient with the resources they have to maximize their sales goals without stretching themselves too thin. Finding this balance is often easier said than done, but it’s incredibly important for any business that is going to thrive.

Combining Efficiency and Effectiveness to Maximize Productivity

Being effective vs efficient works best if both are pulled together for the best results.

If a business is ineffective in accomplishing its overall goal, and the customer doesn’t feel that the service is equated with the cost, then efficiency becomes largely irrelevant. The business may be speedy and use minimal resources, but they struggle to be effective. This may put them at risk of going under.

It’s for this reason that it’s best to shoot for being effective first, and then work on bringing efficiency into practice.

Improving productivity starts with taking the initiative to look at how effective a company, employee, or method is through performance reviews. Leaders should make a point to regularly examine performance at all levels on a whole, and take into account the results that are being generated.

Businesses and employees often succumb to inefficiency because they don’t look for a better way, or they lack the proper tools to be effective in the most efficient manner possible.

Similar to improving a manager or employee’s level of effectiveness, regularly measuring the resources needed to obtain the desired effect will ensure that efficiency is being accounted for. This involves everything from keeping track of inventory and expenses, to how communication is handled within an organization.

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By putting in place a baseline value for key metrics and checking them once changes have been made, a company will have a much better idea of the results they’re generating.

It’s no doubt a step-by-step process. By making concentrated efforts, weakness can be identified and rectified sooner rather than later when the damage is already done.

Bottom Line

Understanding the differences between being effective vs efficient is key when it comes to maximizing productivity. It’s simply working smart so that the intended results are achieved in the best way possible. Finding the optimal balance should be the ultimate goal for employees and businesses:

  • Take the steps that result in meeting the solution.
  • Review the process and figure out how to do it better.
  • Repeat the process with what has been learned in a more efficient manner.

And just like that, effective and efficient productivity is maximized.

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Reference

[1] Merriam-Webster: effective and efficient
[2] Mind Tools: Being Effective at Work
[3] Inc.: 8 Things Really Efficient People Do

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