This one small gesture can buy you a lifetime of networking power….

I am writing this post to share with you the brilliance I witnessed from a young 20-something year old.  This is the story of a young woman who made the decision to move from a temp job to her first full-time gig out of college.  A no-brainer right?!  Of course she should leave the freelance job with no benefits for something full-time with benefits – what boss wouldn’t understand that?


Only she didn’t just make a leap to a more stable job – she stabilized her candidacy for future jobs with this one small gesture.


This one small gesture can buy you a lifetime of networking power – and the work is all done for you too!  Consider it an early holiday present from me (and the girl who actually did the work for us)!


In short – she wrote a note – literally WROTE a note – on an actual card from a fancy card/stationary store.  It was probably the best $5+ bucks she spent all year – and I bet she knows it!! Here is what she wrote (Note:  I changed the names to protect the brilliant but I didn’t change any of her words – they are sheer brilliance)...

“Dear ______________ (insert boss’s/other person’s name here):


I wanted to thank you for making the last 2.5 years here so memorable.  From hiring me with little experience, to being supportive when I needed to go on my own health insurance, to giving me the freedom to apply my _______________ (insert name of class you took or something you learned) class to my work here at ________________ (insert company name here) and challenging me to be the best ________________ (insert your job title here) I could be.


A boss (if not to your boss, then write who this person was to you – customer, peer, co-worker, etc.) can make or break a job and you have helped to make my experience here incredibly positive and valuable.  I’ve learned so much about _____________, _____________, _______________, and ______________ (insert all the things you learned related to your job, industry or from the person you are writing to) since starting here.  My career will undoubtedly be shaped by ______________ (company name) for years to come.


Despite being freelance (she was a freelancer – insert what’s appropriate for you here – i.e. temporary, here a short time, etc.), leaving this job was a very difficult decision.  I’m excited about the opportunities ahead but very sad to be closing my chapter with _____________ (company name) and not seeing you and the team everyday when I come to work.


So again, thank you so much for being such a great boss and making work fun and challenging.  I would be very happy for our career paths to cross again in the future.


All the best,”


________________ (your full name – the one you use on LinkedIn) (your email address)


I structured her note as a template so you can take this note and use it to fit your situation.  No need for you to be a young woman moving onto a full-time job with benefits – no need for it to be written to a boss – just adjust it to your situation.


This note was shared with me by someone I coach and it has remained prominently displayed since the day he got it.  When he shared this note with me I asked him – “Will you ever forget this person?”  He replied, “Never! I would help her in a heartbeat and in a few years when she has even more experience, I’d love to see if I could hire her back.”  


Bam!  Networking power for life – just like that!  Now you can have it too!  Only thanks to this brilliant young woman it will take you only a fraction of a second to get this power for yourself since I shared her note with you in template style.


It’s cyber-Monday – buy yourself a gift – get on-line and find yourself some cool, fancy note cards.


And when you write out your cards – write small if necessary – don’t leave anything from this template out!


You’re welcome!




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About Gina Calvano

Gina Calvano is a certified coach and Senior Professional in Human Resources, with over 20 years of experience as a talent management professional in both the private and non-profit sectors. With a unique approach, she combines her strategic corporate expertise and accreditations with metaphysics and transformational thinking which has resulted in people all over the world feeling good about themselves and connected to a sense of purpose.

She created the Success Readiness Bootcamp™, a step by step process that enables people to easily discover their unique talents and abilities and match them to majors, jobs, industries and leisure pursuits. Gina is also the co-author of Breakthrough! Inspirational Strategies for an Audaciously Authentic Life with NY Times Best Selling Authors Marci Shimoff, Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood and Powerful Connections Made Easy™ with Aprille Trupiano, and is currently working on her next book — Caged in My Cube: The Turnaround Guide For Loving The Job You Hate.

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  1. This is such great advice Gina! So important to remember. I’ve already forwarded this on to someone I know who just changed jobs – I’ll be adapting this and sending it on as well. Your posts are so great – keep ’em coming!

    • Thank you Ellen – so glad it is helpful to you and others in your network!!

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