Thank You Note Etiquette

Growing up in the South you were taught etiquette and manners at an early age. You were always told to mind your manners, use yes mam and no sir, and say your please and thank yous. Saying thank you wasn't just done verbally, but through notes of gratitude as well. Over the years, I have noticed the "handwritten note" seem to become a dying medium. People have moved on from the letter or card, to emails and Facebook posts. It saddens me that the days of handwritten appreciations seem to be fading away.

To me, there is nothing like receiving a card in the mail or an unopened envelope left on my desk at work. It's the joy of knowing someone took the time to sit down and write me a personal note. Receiving a handwritten note means more to me than a gift or grand gesture. 

Right now is the perfect time to send thank you notes, especially for recent grads or those job searching. When it comes to sending thank you notes, there is some etiquette involved. You obviously can send a thank you note to anyone and everyone, no matter the size of their gesture. 
However, here are a few things to keep in mind...

~ Make sure you take into consideration the type of thank you card you're using, based on who it's for. You don't want to send an over the top, girly thank you to that man who interviewed you for a job.

~ Are you currently looking for a job or internship and have interviewed with several potential employers? Be sure to send a follow up thank you card within 2 days after your interview. My go-to is to send the thank you the very same day of the interview. Send via snail mail, and the card will arrive within a day or two.

~ Never send a thank you note to just one person, if there were multiple people involved. Did your friends help you move? Don't just send a thank you to one person, as the others will find out and likely feel you weren't appreciative of their help.

~ Be descriptive. Don't just send a thank you note with one sentence. Personalize the note by describing why you're thankful and reasons of how the person affected you. A personalized note goes a long, long way.

~ Don't be afraid to send multiple thank you notes to the same person. Have a coworker who takes you out to lunch once a month? Do they pay for it? Great! Send them a thank you each time. You'll keep getting treated to those monthly lunches, trust me!

Below find some of my favorite and most useful thank you notes, perfect for any occasion or reason.

I hope my "Thank You Note Etiquette" is useful to you. If we all sent just one thank you note a week, it would help ensure this token of appreciation sticks around for many years to come. A thank you note is a small gesture, but will go miles in making a great impression.

Where are some of your favorite places to purchase thank you cards?

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Lindsay @ Hattan Home said...

Hey Kristyn! Love your thanks you letter etiquette! Especially the part about not being afraid to send the same person more than one thank you note! Thanks a bunch for including Hattan Home in your round up too! xo!

Primp & Proper said...

Thanks so much Lindsay!!! Love Hattan Home and always excited to include y'all. Thanks for reading and stopping by!!



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