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Political TV ads are valuable and educational.
Wait! Come back! I can explain.
The election is over, Republicans now have the largest House majority in nearly a century and we can all return to a world free of political ads.
Well, almost. Hear me out first.
Yes, political ads are often negative and even a bit slimy — although sometimes the commercials are wickedly clever (watch the “spelling bee” ad).
But look beyond the overblown rhetoric, and you’ll find a career lesson. A political ad is an exercise in brevity as candidates need to leave their mark in 30 seconds.
Yep, even a quick message can have a lasting impression. That’s why these three thank-you notes say a lot with a little.
1. How to thank an employee who took you under his/her wing
Thank you for all your help the past few weeks [at my internship/as I adjusted to the new job]. It was great to have someone who could answer questions and introduce me to people. I [reference a specific moment in which the person helped you; for instance, “would have been lost in that first meeting when we had to update the team on our progress. You were a huge help there.”]
Note: It takes 30 seconds to make someone’s day. You also strengthen the relationship with the person who mentored you.
2. How to thank someone for a referral that led to a new job
Thank you so much for [referring my name/passing my name] for the [job title] position at [company]. This week, I found out I landed the job!
I am excited to start at [company] and forever grateful you helped to make it happen. If I can return the favor in any way, please ask.
Have a great day,
Note: As a practical matter, the person should know if his/her networking helped you with the job. Plus, you should always thank people who play a pivotal role in your career. It’s common courtesy and a fundamental of networking (like these six words).
3. How to thank someone for a referral that led to a business deal
Thank you so much for [referring my name/passing my name] to [name of person] at [company where you landed a deal]. This week, I found out our company secured the [business/contract/deal].
I am thrilled to work with [name of the company] and forever grateful you helped to make it happen. If I can return the favor in any way, please ask.
Have a great day,
Note: The person should know if his/her networking led you to a successful venture. So take 30 seconds and give a recap. You know how people say “It’s better to give than receive”? I guarantee the person who assisted you will feel great for days — even though you picked up the business for your own company.
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Danny Rubin is a media strategist and the managing editor of News To Live By™, a blog for Millennials that highlights the career advice and leadership lessons “hidden” in the day’s top stories. A former TV reporter, he’s always looking for ways to apply the news to our own lives. Follow him at @NewsToLiveBy.