Over the last several months I have had about 20 phone calls for recommendations for former employees of mine. It usually doesn’t take very long, but I always take the calls seriously – after all, a family’s livelihood might be at stake.
But the calls do interrupt my day. They interfere with my train of thought, and they often cause me to put off doing something else I had planned on doing during that time.
But I don’t have a problem with doing them – what I don’t like is that none of these former employees ever called me back and told me the outcome. I know many of them got the positions they were applying for. But none of them let me know that directly. None of them said, “Thank you”.
I probably say thank you too much, I know. But I just don’t think people ire of hearing it – especially if they have just gone out of their way to help you — at no benefit to themselves.
Remember thank you. You may need a reference again. And it’s just courteous.