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STEP 4: Look for Administrative Assistant Jobs and Apply

STEP 4: Look for Administrative Assistant Jobs and Apply

Currin Berdine / AdminSecret with Monster Contributing Writers Peter Vogt, Carole Martin and Therese Droste

Follow-Up Makes A Difference

After you’ve aced the interview, don’t just sit and wait by the phone. Show your tact and appreciation by writing a thank you note to the interviewer. Although you might have said many of these things during your interview, there’s nothing more effective than the written word to make those words count. This is especially true if you are up against another candidate — it will make you stand out.

Email Thank You Notes
How did the company initially contact you? If you have always communicated with them by email — for setting up the interview, answering certain questions and so on — then by all means send an email thank you note as soon as you return from the interview. However, make sure to follow it up with a typed note to show that you are not Mr. or Ms. Casual. Email thank-you notes have one clear advantage over their snail mail counterpart: They can put your name in front of the interviewer on the same day — sometimes within hours — of your interview.

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Snail Mail
If the company you interviewed with is formal and traditional, use snail mail to send your thank you note.

Should it be handwritten or typed? Typing it out is the way to go. Not only will you show that you’re businesslike, you’ll also prove that you know how to put together the salutation, format a letter, and sign off. Employers want to know that their admins can do this, since writing letters for your boss could be a big part of your job.

Handwritten notes are appropriate if you’d like to extend your thanks to others in the office who you felt helped you out. For example, if a receptionist, assistant, office manager, or another person involved with the interviewing process was especially helpful — say they took you to lunch or guided you from office to office during the interviewing process — then a handwritten note is a nice way to show your appreciation.

What to Say
What you say and how you say it are even more important than the manner in which you send it. A standard thank you note should accomplish several things:
-Thank the person for the opportunity to interview with the company
-Recap some of the conversational highlights
-Clarify any information you needed to check on for the interviewer
-And most importantly, plug your skills. Use the last paragraph as a chance to state, “The job is a good fit for me because of XYZ and my past experience in XYZ”

Interviewers have short memories. A thank-you note is your final chance to make yourself stand apart from all of the others who want the same position.

Read more about the Importance of thank you notes in the article “After the Interview: Follow Up for the Win”

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