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STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

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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 much of what you include in your thank-you letter may have already been communicated during your interview, there is nothing more effective than the written word to etch those thoughts into your interviewer’s mind. This is especially important if you are up against another candidate – it could solidify your chance at the coveted position.

Email Thank-You Notes

How did the company initially contact you? If you have always corresponded with people there via 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 an 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.

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? Typed is the standard reply. Not only will you show that you are business-like, you’ll also prove that you know how to put together the salutation, format a letter and sign off. Executives want to know that their administrative assistants know how to 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 an assistant, restaurant manager or other person involved with the interviewing process was especially helpful – say they took you to lunch or gave you a guided tour before the one-on-one interview – then a handwritten note is a nice gesture 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.

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