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Old 02-23-2017, 09:22 PM
 
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Hi guys,

I received some awesome help from a former mentor and colleague in landing my new job (honestly don't think I would have gotten it otherwise as I am a newbie in the field and they have years of experience). They spent a lot of time helping me prep for the interview, prepare my documents and prepare what to say - all of which was received well.

I just found out I landed the awesome new job, which was very competitive, and haven't told this person yet. How should I thank them? I do think they could be a reference for future jobs and I could be a reference for them, too, if they needed it.

Should I just send a thank you email message? Should I write a handwritten note and send a small gift card for lunch? There is quite a bit of distance between us temporarily as she is traveling and her schedule is very busy, so taking her out to lunch is not an option.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 02-23-2017, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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A handwritten thank you card is much more personal.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:01 PM
 
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Hi guys,

I received some awesome help from a former mentor and colleague in landing my new job (honestly don't think I would have gotten it otherwise as I am a newbie in the field and they have years of experience). They spent a lot of time helping me prep for the interview, prepare my documents and prepare what to say - all of which was received well.

I just found out I landed the awesome new job, which was very competitive, and haven't told this person yet. How should I thank them? I do think they could be a reference for future jobs and I could be a reference for them, too, if they needed it.

Should I just send a thank you email message? Should I write a handwritten note and send a small gift card for lunch? There is quite a bit of distance between us temporarily as she is traveling and her schedule is very busy, so taking her out to lunch is not an option.

Thanks in advance for your help!
A hand-written thank you note is the right thing to do. Congratulations on your new job and finding a mentor to help you with your career.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Western Washington
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Send a thank you email, and buy her a drink next time she is in town.

More importantly, pay it back by mentoring others throughout your career.
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Old 02-24-2017, 06:44 AM
 
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I'm always in favor of a handwritten thank you note.
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