A nice touch: Send your recruiters a holiday card

A nice touch: Send your recruiters a holiday card

People are always wondering about what’s a nice touch in terms of outreach (and what is total overkill). Indeed, it is a fine line and I’ve received resumes on t-shirts, lunch delivered to my desk, and many other “creative” forms of outreach.  Those were all overkill in my opinion.  However, the sentiment is a good one – wanting to remain top of mind and make a nice gesture.

Around holiday time people often ask if they should send holiday cards to their contacts at companies they’re hoping to work at, and I’m all about that!

If you’ve been in touch with a recruiting contact or anyone else at the company it’s really nice (and beneficial) to send a holiday card.  It’s thoughtful and it reminds the person you’re still out there/interested.  Here are a few rules of the road if you’re looking to try this out!

One of my favorite religion-neutral cards from minted.com

One of my favorite religion-neutral cards from minted.com

  • Make sure you actually have a relationship with the person you are sending to – If you’ve met someone at your dream company or have talked to them extensively over email/phone than that counts in my book as a “relationship”.  If it’s someone you’ve reached out to multiple times with no response, skip it.
  • Keep the card religion neutral – When you’re sending this type of card make sure it says “happy holidays” or “happy new year” versus leaning towards a specific holiday or religion.
  • Take your “personal” life out of it – The holidays are a great time to send cards with your kids and dogs on them, but not to the people who are going to help you get a job.  Use a simple one like the example below.
  • Keep the note short and sweet – Wish the person a happy holidays and new year and re-express your interest in their company and keeping in touch.  This is not the opportunity to ask a question or ask them for anything in return.  Just a nice gesture!  A sample note is below.
  • Snail mail it – I think electronic thank you notes are totally fine (because time is a factor) but when sending a holiday card, consider taking the snail mail approach.  If you’re going “above and beyond” to make this type of gesture, go all the way.

At the end of the day, put yourself into the recipients shoes and think “would I like receiving this note?”  I certainly believe that these thoughtful and nice touches can’t hurt.  You never know who will pin your note up at their desk and remember you exactly when the time is right in the new year!