People who feel appreciated and valued are more likely to remember you, provide you with more assistance in your job search, and recommend you to others. After each informational interview, send a thank you letter or email to the person you interviewed and (if applicable) the person who introduced you.
Thank You Note For Informational Interview
Send a thank you email or letter within two days after the informational interview. It’s an opportunity to demonstrate your courtesy and professionalism. In addition to letting people know how much you appreciated their time and advice, be sure to tell them what you learned and the actions you will take as a result of your conversation with them. You can also ask the people you talked to keep you in mind if they come across a job opportunity or any additional information that may be helpful. In your thank you note, include your email address and telephone number so that they can easily contact you.
Sample Thank You Email After An Informational Interview
Thank you for taking the time to talk with me yesterday. Your insights and advice were very helpful in clarifying my questions about potential careers in the marketing field that are a good match for my skills and interests.
I was especially struck by the three skills you said it takes to be a successful market researcher – research, statistics and reporting. They describe my best skills perfectly.
I will take your advice and set up informational interviews with the people you suggested. I’m looking forward to hearing their advice too.
Please keep me in mind if you hear of someone who is looking for an individual with my background and skills. Thank you again for your help and time. I will keep in touch with you and let you know how my career transition is progressing.
[Your phone number]
[Your email address]
[Link to Your LinkedIn Profile]