JOB SEARCH TIP: Snail mail differentiates.

1 Jul

My grandfather, Ed Moss, was a letter carrier. His route used to include my house, so I often tagged along and, occasionally, he let me put the letters in the mailbox… hoping the statute of limitations has expired.

Fifty-plus years later it turns out that sending a letter in an envelope with a stamp on it to someone you are communicating with in your job search might actually be a differentiator. Hardly anyone uses “snail mail”, so if you have an address to a person you’ve been networking with or a recruiter or hiring manager your letter will stand out because hardly anyone makes the effort.

Sending a simple thank you card can stand out. You might also go a step further if, for example, you see an article you think might be of interest to your contact—print it off and send it along.

It’s often difficult to stand out in a crowd—give my grandfather’s successors some business and you just might land that next opportunity.

There are training videos on the web site of my faith community and a handout. This content is free:

#career #careercoach #jobhunting #careers #jobsearch


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