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Thank You Manners: 8 Reasons To Send A Thank You Card

February 28, 2010

This whole topic of writing letters and saying thank you can take up about a years worth of blogging time.  When I write about it, I feel the need to be detailed so there are no mistakes simply because there doesn’t have to be a mistake.

Seriously, when I say I love sending cards, I mean it.  Sending someone a card means so much for you and the person receiving the card.  Why?  It’s more like, why not.  What do you have to lose by showing the other person, in your own handwriting, that you felt the need to take time to show some consideration for their consideration.  It’s a win-win.

  1.  After A Job Interview:  It has become a standard of modern culture to send a thank you card after you have had an interview for a job.  It used to make you stand out.  Now, it’s not the most clever gesture, but it is worth doing.  Doing so displays your ability to be civil, grateful and thoughtful.  Even if you are not hired for the job, they still took their time out to interview you.
  2. Receiving A Resume: At some jobs, I was in charge of hiring staff.  If I received an emailed or mailed resume, I responded with a thank you note in kind.  Employers, take note!
  3. After Receiving A Gift: Wedding, birthday, bridal and the like.  There are standard cards that you can send.  Again, someone went out of their way to make sure you had a happy experience.  Let them know they are groovy for having done so.
  4. Anytime:  Is there ever a wrong time to tell someone how you feel about them and how they have affected your life in a positive way?
  5. After Receiving Great Service: There are times where I have had such a fine experience at a restaurant, hotel or other establishment that I felt I had no choice but to share it.  I obviously would refer my friends, but more importantly, I have sent thank  you cards to the company simply thanking them (and the staff person in particular) for treating me like a person and not just another set of deep (or not so deep) pockets.  
  6. After An Apology:  They’ve made a sincere apology.  Now, the ball is in your court.  Sending a thank you letter after an apology just shows that you’re able to move forward. 
  7. To Someone Special: If we randomly sent the special people in our lives a card that says thank you, wouldn’t we be more appreciative about being appreciated?
  8. After A Gathering:  Baby showers, bridal showers, dinner parties and the like.  You know the drill.  Sending a thank you card simply says that you appreciate that you were invited to spend time in the kind company of others. 

There are hundreds of other reasons to say thank you.  Can you think of others?



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  1. March 1, 2010 8:34 am

    Great list. I would add–after a party or get together at someone’s house. Just to thank them for the effort. When you have people over you never know if they’ve had a good time and if you get a thank you afterward you feel like you’ve done something right.

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