Rejection is a tough thing. It never feels good, does it?
I finally got the email I’d been expecting. I already said this before, but its official now. I did not get the job I recently interviewed for.
I suspected this was the case, as I’d been told the “winner” (for lack of a better term) would be notified in early February. But it still stings just a little.
But instead of being all boo-hoo and sorry for myself, it has made me so incredibly grateful for the job I do have. I make great money working part-time from home and I really enjoy what I do. Of course I wish I could transition into a full-time position, but that doesn’t make me any less grateful for my current employment situation.
As I lay in bed last night I was thinking about how lucky I am to have my current online teaching job. I’ve never fully explained how I got the position. While in grad school I made friends with several other graduate students. No big deal, right? Well, two of them went off to separate areas of the country, both landing academic jobs (let’s call them Sara and Kara). One of them (my current boss, Sara) was talking to the other (Kara) through text one day and asked about people who might be interested in this online teaching position. Kara mentioned my name, knowing that I’d recently graduated and would probably do a good job in the position. Sara, also having been one of my grad school friends, reached out and asked me about my interest in the position. I happily accepted and the rest is history.
Sara has been good to me. You may recall that this past boss’ day I spent entirely too much money on flowers (I think about $50-$60ish??) to be delivered to her office as a thank you for simply being an awesome boss. No joke – one of the top 5 bosses I’ve ever had in my life!
But I realized I’ve never done anything to thank Kara for hooking me up with Sara’s job. After all, it had been Kara who initially threw my name out. If Kara had suggested someone else, Sara may never have thought to contact me and I could be in a very different (UNEMPLOYED) situation right now.
I wanted to send Kara some flowers with a nice thank you note. That’s what you do, right?
But – you’ll be proud – I stopped myself!
Do I really need to send flowers as a thank you? Is that really the best way to handle the situation? It’s certainly not the cheapest, and Lord knows that we don’t have extra money to be throwing around this month!!!
So I’ve come up with a better plan: A hand-written thank you note.
No one sends hand-written cards anymore, do they? I mean, maybe a birthday card or a mother’s day card, but never a thank you card!! And I can actually write more than I would on the little auto-generated message thing you can include with flowers. I can really express my gratitude on a deeper level and let her know how thankful I am for that fateful conversation Kara had with Sara and how its impacted my life for the better.
But it gets even better….
I have a random Starbucks gift card (my mom got it from a client around Christmas time and gave it to me since she doesn’t drink coffee). I haven’t used it and think I’ll include it in the thank you card for Kara. Then it costs me nothing more than the time to write the card and the postage to mail it off. And it’s just a simple way to say thank you for hooking me up with my job.
But I don’t want to stop there.
The more I thought about this idea of sending out a hand-written thank you, the more I thought how meaningful and special it can be (even without the gift card inside). So I’m going to spend some time pondering this, and see if I can think of other people I’d really like to send a thank you to. I know how much happiness a simple thank you card would bring me, and I’d love to bless some of my friends with the same feeling. It feels good when people recognize what you do and appreciate you for it.
So that will be my cheap gift-giving for the month: some hand written thank you notes.
Why don’t you join me? I challenge you to come up with 2-3 people you’d like to send a thank you to, too! Why not spread a little happiness to others? We can always use a little boost and you never know how much it might brighten another’s day!
What do you do when you want to thank someone for something they’ve done? Do you have any other cheap ideas?