Sure, an email will do, but do you want to go through life just making do? A handwritten thank you note is an unexpected and welcome surprise amidst all the junk mail. Send one more often: after an interview of course, but also to a client when you wrap up a project or to a vendor who makes your life easier. Here’s are some tips:
Start with a quality card. That’s why we only use Crane stationery. It reflects your taste as well as your high opinion of the recipient.
Personalize the note. Keep you focus on the recipient, and thank the person right up front and then mention why he or his actions made such an impact. Be sure to mention a specific detail.
Resist the urge to pitch yourself. The fact that you are sending a personalized note stands in for a pitch.
Be timely. Post the note as soon as the call, interview or project ends, as that little card can be what tips new work in your favor. However, better late than never when it comes to a thank you note.