Manners Still Matter in Advancing Your AEC Career

A well-written thank-you note can land you the job you've been looking for.

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September 29, 2016 |
Design Force

After the interviews are over, write a thoughtful, individualized thank-you note to everyone you encountered at the hiring firm.

 

Most AEC-industry job candidates think that their interview ends after the last handshake with the interviewers. You still have one last chance to make a great impression – your thank-you note.

Thank-you notes are a valuable tool for you to make an impact on hiring influences and interviewers. Don’t assume that they are outdated. A thoughtful, well-written thank-you note can give you the bump past your competition for the position. It conveys the level of your interest: that you took the time to sit down and express your gratitude for being considered and show your desire to proceed with the process.

Immediacy is key. Thank-you notes should be emailed within 24 hours. Hand-written notes are still appreciated, and you can send one in addition to an email. But timing is everything, and nothing is faster than an email. You want the interviewers to have your meeting fresh in their minds. When interviewing, make sure you collect a business card from each person in the room so you have their full contact information before you leave.

Thank-you notes should be concise, and never generic. If you have met with more than one person, be sure to individualize each note: you never know if the interviewers will compare notes! Include details from your meeting – particular characteristics of the job that you discussed and how your experience makes you the most qualified professional for the role. The best thank-you notes succinctly and seamlessly tie responsibilities discussed in the meeting directly to your own experience. This is usually the first exposure your potential future employers will have to your writing. Be clear, sell yourself, and be sure to thank your interviewers for taking the time to meet with you.

Although first impressions may be the most important, the last impression could be what takes you across the finish line.

 

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Design Force is a specialty Professional Placement Firm that provides high-touch recruitment services exclusively to the Design and Construction industry. Based in Washington, D.C., Design Force has more than 12 years’ experience helping highly qualified AEC professionals across the U.S. fulfill their career goals. We provide premium career development support that embodies the highest standards of professionalism, discretion, and confidentiality. All of our highly trained, tenured staff of hiring managers have experience as professionals in the AEC industry. Design Force works with a select group of AEC client firms across the U.S. who are looking to hire highly motivated design and construction professionals. The Managing Principal of Design Force is Ahmed Kurtom, a professional engineer.

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