How to write a professional thank-you note

Sending a thank-you note involves more than just shooting off a quick email. Follow these steps to craft one that shows how professional and memorable you are.

Someone in your network gave you valuable advice. You want to thank him.

What’s the secret to writing a great professional thank-you note?

Do you send an email, a handwritten note or a little gift? What do you say? We’ve all heard that you shouldn’t push an agenda, ask for a job or try to close a sale.

I am going to answer all those questions, and show you how to get a response like this:

How did my professional thank-you note get that response?

I sent a handwritten note, which is extremely rare these days, and two helpful books. I also followed an acronym I created called G.R.E.A.T (grateful, reference, explanation, action, thanks). I use it when I write all my professional thank-you notes.

Thank-you notes are tricky to write. They are not as straightforward as networking follow-up emails.

Let’s get into it.

I recently spoke with Lea McLeod, the founder of Degrees of Transition, a career website that helps recent grads and mid-careerists navigate the job search. McLeod is super smart, and understands the career space.

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