Career Planning Finding a Job Networking Thank-You Letter Examples By Alison Doyle Alison Doyle Facebook Twitter Website Alison Doyle is one of the nation’s foremost career experts and has counseled both students and corporations on hiring practices. She has given hundreds of interviews on the topic for outlets including The New York Times, BBC News, and LinkedIn. Alison founded CareerToolBelt.com and has been an expert in the field for more than 20 years. learn about our editorial policies Updated on March 24, 2022 Share Tweet Pin Email In This Article View All In This Article Reasons Why You Should Send a Thank-You Letter or Email What to Include in Your Letter or Email Thank-You Letter Template for a Networking Contact Thank-You Letter Examples for Networking Contacts Photo: E+ / Getty Images What would you say if we told you that the two most important words in your career are “thank you”? If you’re skeptical, consider: in one recent survey, respondents were more likely to say that they’d found their job through networking than through any other method. That includes using a job board, going through a headhunter, or attending a career event. To network well, you have to do more than just reach out to your networking contacts whenever you’re looking for work or trying to advance your career. You have to be good to your contacts, in turn, even when they don’t need anything from you at the moment. Thanking them is an essential part of being a good colleague and connection. Here's advice on why you should thank your networking contacts, what to include in your letter or email, a template to download, and examples to review to get ideas for your own correspondence. Reasons Why You Should Send a Thank-You Letter or Email 1. Gratitude Makes a Difference Why is saying “thank you” so important? Because expressing gratitude makes a real, positive difference for both the person saying thank you and the person receiving the message. One study showed that people habitually underestimate the impact that their expression of gratitude would have on the recipient. They also overestimated how awkward it would be to send their thanks. (In other words, if you’re holding back because you’re afraid you’ll put your foot in your mouth, don’t—chances are, your colleague will be delighted with your card or email.) 2. They May Expect It On the other hand, not sending a thank-you note may do some real harm. In a TopResume survey, 68% of hiring managers said that receiving a thank-you note had an impact on their decision-making process after a job interview—and 16% had decided against moving forward with a candidate because they didn't send a note. 3. It’s the Right Thing to Do Professionals who take the time out of their busy schedules to help you with your career search deserve your thanks. They are also putting their own reputations on the line whenever they agree to add you to their professional networks—their doing so is a statement of their belief in your abilities and potential. What to Include in Your Letter or Email Your Thanks. This is your purpose for writing the letter, so be sure to say thank you in your message. The rest of your letter can be relatively brief—a few paragraphs at most. Specific Examples of How They’ve Helped. Include specifics about how your contact has helped you, e.g., by referring you for a job or introducing you to a new connection. Note If you use the sample thank-you letter below, be sure to tailor it to reflect your own relationship with its recipient, adding details specific to the conversation(s) you have had with them. Professional Formatting and Language. Even if you’re close friends with the recipient, it’s a good idea to set a professional tone with your thank-you letter. If you’re sending a written letter or card, use business letter format. If you’re sending an email, feel free to omit the address paragraphs, but be sure to choose a subject line that makes your topic obvious. In any case, avoid being too casual in your word choice or formatting, and skip text-speak or emoticons. Thank-You Letter Template for a Networking Contact This is an example of a thank-you letter for a networking contact. Download the thank-you letter template (compatible with Google Docs and Microsoft Word) or see below for more examples. Download the Word Template Thank-You Letter Examples for Networking Contacts Sample Thank-You Letter for a Networking Contact (Text Version) Albert Jones123 Main StreetAnytown, CA firstname.lastname@example.orgMarch 21, 2022Victor LeeAccount ExecutiveNetworking Specialists123 Business Rd.Business City, NY 54321Dear Mr. Lee,Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I am grateful for the time you spent reviewing my career objectives and recommending strategies for achieving them.I especially appreciate your offer to connect me to others in your network. I plan on following up with the contacts you emailed me right away. I will also use the online networking resources you recommended to further my job search.Any additional suggestions you may have would be welcome. I'll update you as my search progresses.Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.Best regards,Signature (hard copy letter)Albert Jones Sample Thank You-Letter for a Networking Meeting Rita Lau123 Main StreetAnytown, CA email@example.comMarch 21, 2022Hilda LeeManagerAcme Retail123 Business Rd.Business City, NY 54321Dear Ms. Lee,Thank you for sharing your professional expertise with me during our discussion today. I consider you to be one of my role models in our field, and I am more than grateful for the time you spent reviewing my career objectives and recommending strategies for achieving them.I especially appreciate your offer to connect me to others in your network. I plan on following up with the contacts you emailed me right away. I have also begun to reach out to local professionals using the online networking resources you recommended to accelerate my job search.Any additional suggestions you may have would be welcome. I'll let you know how my career search progresses.Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.Best regards,Signature (hard copy letter)Rita Lau Key Takeaways Always take the time to say thank you to the networking connections who have taken the time to help you.Include specific examples of how the person assisted you.Avoid being too casual—set a professional tone with your thank-you letter. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. CivicScience. "Job Searching - It's Who You Know." Sage Journals. "Undervaluing Gratitude: Expressers Misunderstand the Consequences of Showing Appreciation." TopResume. "The Importance of Saying Thank You After an Interview," Accessed Nov. 25, 2019.