I was talking to a friend who is a fourth-year medical student applying for residency programs. She told me about the programs she is considering and said she was very impressed with Tulane.
When I asked what impressed her about Tulane (a medical center affiliated with Tulane University in New Orleans), I learned that it was a personal note! My friend said something like this:
"The director followed up on my interview by sending me a personal, handwritten note. Usually all the communication is by email. From his personal note, I think he must be very interested in the residents."
No doubt the residency programs at Tulane have other strong points, but my friend didn't mention any of them. She mentioned receiving a personal note.
When is the last time you handwrote a note? Can you think of an opportunity to send one soon?