Did you know that September 1 is National Letter Writing Day? Richard Simpkin, an Australian photographer, started the holiday to celebrate the feeling of receiving a handwritten letter in the mail.

And he’s right. There’s something truly special about receiving a handwritten letter, and the sensation can be applied to the job interview process.

After an interview, it’s important to follow up with a potential employer with a letter, especially one with your own handwriting. This personalizes the message and is more apt to be appreciated. The message can be as simple as: “It was great to meet you the other day. Thank you for considering me for the position.” But sometimes the smallest of gestures, like a letter, can go a long way, especially in the job recruitment process.

Even if you don’t think that you have the time for a handwritten letter (or you are unsure of your penmanship) sending any kind of message, even one via email, is important.

In writing a short note you go above and beyond what used to be protocol after an interview.

Sometimes an email is even a better alternative for a follow-up note because it gets there faster (and the faster you get the email, the faster you could be on your way to clinching the position.)

Plus, the potential employer is more likely to remember you because of the message, which may be a deciding factor if it’s down to you and another candidate.

A simple follow-up letter could tip the scales in your favor because it shows more enthusiasm for the role. In addition, it’s personal.  Enthusiasm sells, so does the personal touch. That’s a big “get” for an employer.

All it takes is stationary and a pen, and you could be on your way to your next great job.


Bernie Reifkind is the CEO and founder of Premier Search, Inc. a nationwide executive search and placement firm. In addition, Bernie provides career guidance and strategic interviewing techniques to professionals at all levels. P: 1(800) 801-1400 or email at ceo@premiersearch.com.