career Launch DEC 15, 2014

Say Thank You or Lose an Important Contact

“Thank you.”


So simple. Yet so often overlooked.


And you’ll be overlooked if you don’t take the time to thank the people who help you.


I’ve had people whom I’ve never met (or don’t know well) contact me for advice. I spend time reviewing their resume or portfolio samples, answering questions, whatever and then don’t hear from them again. That is, until they need something else from me.


Needless to say, they get nothing else from me.


Please keep in mind that things as simple as reviewing resumes, looking over samples or answering your questions take time out of somebody’s busy day. They don’t owe you anything, so they’re doing it to be helpful. At the very least, say thank you. Want to go a step further? Tell them when and where you land a job.


The benefit? I remember those who thank me. I especially remember those who keep me up-to-date on their progress and where they land. Those people receive my help in the future. I may even consider those people when I have a job opening.


How do you think my designers got their jobs?


Thanks for reading.