Landing a new job isn’t always easy, and often you need to rely on your networking contacts to help you find the right fit. If you recently started a new position, there may be friends or acquaintances that helped you out along the way, and it’s important to show them your gratitude. Here are some suggestions for doing just that:
- Send a handwritten thank you note: It may seem a bit old-fashioned, but a handwritten note shows you took the time to express your gratitude. In the end, this small act can reaffirm why a networking contact was so eager to assist you in the first place.
- Send a thank you email: Since an email is a bit less personal, it can be a good option for thanking contacts who you know more on an acquaintance level. It will still acknowledge their efforts while showing your appreciation.
- Send a small gift: This could be anything from personalized post-it notes, to a small gift basket, or even a box of chocolates. Sending a small token can be an even more personalized gesture than writing a note.
- Buy them a meal or drink: Taking someone out for a meal or a drink on you is a great opportunity to not only express your gratitude, but to also fill them in on how your new job is going.