I stated that I felt (in some cases) emailing “thank yous” and “you’re welcomes” made unnecessary inbox clutter. Some reader feedback has prompted me to write a follow-up. The source of this feedback, an IT manager who gets tons of emails each day, disagreed with me, indicating that “thank you emails” are a way for him to give kudos to his employees. It boosts their morale. I think he has a good point.
Also, if you have recently been on a job interview, an email thank you is fine, but do accompany that with a paper letter, too. The email is a quick way to jolt the interviewer’s memory and helps you stay in the person’s mind. The follow-up snail mail will give the interviewer a second reminder and indicate your true interest in the job. If you’re not too interested in writing the paper letter, then you might really not want the job. (more…)