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Political TV ads are valuable and educational.

Wait! Come back! I can explain.

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

Hi _____,

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.”]

Thanks again!

– You

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

Hi _____,

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,

– You

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

Hi _____,

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,

– You

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 thoughyou picked up the business for your own company.

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Note: This article originally appeared in News to Live By

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