You've Got Mail: The Benefits Of A Handwritten Letter At Work (And In Life)

Have you ever considered writing a letter after a job interview to thank the interviewer and your potential future employer? Perhaps this is something that you have actually done or always make sure that you do?

The Benefits Of A Handwritten Letter

Now when I say letter I mean a proper, fully fledged, handwritten thank you letter. Not an email or any other form of online or social media but an old school, pen to paper, put it in an envelope and drop it in the post box kind of letter - stamp and everything!

With letter writing becoming something of a lost art I've recently stumbled across a lot of articles on career sites advising that this is a really good idea and a great way to stand out from the crowd. I have to say that I think I agree.

There's something extremely personal and thoughtful about someone taking the time to put their thoughts together on paper and send you their thanks and appreciation. It's also such a rarity these days making it a great way to show gratitude and make sure that you are well remembered for all of the right reasons. Providing you're going to write something thoughtful and nice of course!

There's a great article on Brazen Careerist about the subject: Why You Should Stop Emailing - And Write A Letter Instead.

The point that they make, which I think stood out to me the most, is that writing a letter takes time, in a world where we are fast running out of patience. Doing so not only shows how much you really care, but is also a healthier approach to our own lifestyle. It stops us rushing, sometimes quite thoughtlessly, in a world of instant communication.

Letter writing doesn't only have to apply to your working life but can also be a great thing to do in your personal life. Something to consider when thanking friends, family or even new acquaintances. It shows care and attention. Plus if you aren't really one for expressing gratitude in person, perhaps you're a little shy or find it difficult to find the right time to tell someone how appreciative you are, then settling down to get your real thoughts down on paper can be a great way to express just how much someone else's time and effort means to you.

Not long ago a friend of ours sent a thank you card after a gathering at our home and whilst I wasn't expecting it, once received the novelty, kindness and thought made both my husband and I feel really appreciated and thankful. So they'll certainly be invited around again!! Ashamedly I didn't get around to returning the same gesture myself. Mental note that in future I will make that effort because I really believe that it's a nice thing to do.

What are your thoughts? Do you ever send out thank you letters, especially after a job interview? Do you think it's a useful and worthwhile thing to do or would you find it a waste of your time?

As always I'd love to know your thoughts - and if you have any experience of doing so and you feel that it has been of real benefit then do let me know in the comments below. Why not dust off that pen and paper and give this old, but tried and well tested approach a go and let me know how you get on.

Have a lovely evening all and happy writing!