Grateful Thanks For My Job
Whether you’re job searching, working on your professional development, or building your career, you’ve probably been in a situation that warranted showing appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps you received a job lead and a pep talk from a former colleague.
Maybe you had an informational interview with someone who has now taken you under their wing and is serving as a mentor. It might even be a family member who’s your greatest fan.
Whatever the situation, one way to show gratitude is to write a thank-you note that expresses your appreciation.
Why gratitude matters
Before getting into writing the content for your thank you letters, let’s ask the question, “why gratitude?” What is it about being appreciative that even makes it important? Showing gratitude is a great way to clear your mind when you are feeling overwhelmed.
After moving at top speed or going through routine motions for a while, slow down the pace so you can contemplate how those around you add value to your life in some way. Knowing who you are thankful for and for what reasons can really help you strike a balance.
a hug, expressing appreciation typically feels good to both giver and receiver. In addition to making someone else’s day, showing gratitude packs a powerful punch of other benefits. According to studies by Robert Emmons, gratitude’s physical, psychological, and emotional perks include:
- Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure
- More joy and pleasure, more optimism and happiness
- More forgiving and outgoing outlooks, less lonely and isolated feelings
For these reasons, we suggest exploring opportunities for saying “thank you.” It doesn’t have to be reserved for after a job interview. Here are some ideas for identifying other situations worthy of a note of thanks or gratitude. The following samples are designed to help you get your inspiration flowing:
The trusty “job lead” friend
Let’s say you have a friend who’s really in-the-know about the latest job openings, and customizes what she sends you your interests and a strong understanding of your abilities. A thank-you note is a great way to not only show appreciation but also let them know they are really on the mark with the job leads and suggestions they give. Try a note this:
I just wanted to share how much the job leads you send mean to me. The attention you pay to the details of each opportunity is clear to see, because the ones you send match not only my interests but my abilities. What you do is really motivating and keeps me uplifted in my job search.
To know that you consider me able to do _____________ and _____________ enhances my confidence in myself. It keeps me inspired to apply for more jobs where my ________ skills can really shine.
I really appreciate that you’ve taken such an interest in my job search and am grateful for the way you’ve stepped in as my personal “career sleuth!”
Why this works: In addition to expressing your appreciation, you are affirming that what your friend has sent is helpful to you, and that if they continue sending similar leads, they are on the right track.
The informational interviewee-turned-mentor
So you got up the courage to ask someone for an informational interview, and they really took you under their wing.
Maybe they went above and beyond to keep the conversation going, shared great resources, or invited you to an event that will be attended by some key hiring managers in your field…plus gave you the low-down on their typical hiring practices. What to say to show your gratitude:
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your career in __(industry, cause area)_ over the last few weeks.
I learned so much about _____ and _______, and will be sure to check out the latest set of insights and leads you shared with me.I am so appreciative of not only the way you have taken me under your wing after our first meeting, but your generosity with your time and resources. The interest that you show in my success and development is something for which I feel very grateful.
Please know that my offer to assist with your ________ project still stands. If my skills are not the best match, I’m happy to pass along the message to my contacts in an effort to find a great volunteer!
Why this works: In addition to showing your gratitude, you are offering to assist your mentor. If your skills are not an appropriate match, showing willingness to tap into your networks is a great alternative!
The “biggest fan” family member
Many of us have a family member who has earned the title “biggest fan.” In their eyes, no challenge is so insurmountable that we can’t overcome it and our every accomplishment is worthy of celebration and praise. Here’s an example of showing gratitude via the written word:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my career, particularly during my latest __(race to a promotion, job search, unemployment fiasco)______. You’ve always been someone I could call my “biggest fan.
” What means the most to me is that you do more than tell me I’m “great” at what I do, or that I’m a shoe-in for an opportunity. You take it a few steps beyond and share the reasons why you think so. Sometimes it seems you remember my achievements even better than I do myself.
I always appreciate your ability to see how my talents can make a difference and you’ve made me a believer too! After a chat with you, I always feel more confident and capable, and for that I will always be grateful.
Why this works: Keeping it warm and appreciative is a great way to strengthen familial bonds. It expresses not just appreciation but understanding of the effects your “biggest fan” has on your well-being and confidence. When they know it’s working, they are more ly to keep it up!
The “saved the day” colleague
Whether you’ve been stumbling over an appropriate response to a workplace issue or you’ve been scrounging for the most cost-effective way to get a project completed, sometimes the help of a colleague can really make the difference. When you’ve had a colleague “save the day,” try a note this:
When you found me sitting at my desk unproductively tapping my pen against it last week, you could have just walked on by and left me to my _(writer’s block, unresolved issue, confusion…)_. Instead, you pulled over a seat and went right to work with me.
I can’t thank you enough for not only your teamwork and support, but for your vote of confidence. You really pulled me my work slump.
I also appreciate the way you used your insights from your department to develop a really seamless solution that provides benefits all around! Knowing now how your team tackles ______, I’m happy to compare notes the next time you are working on ____________ so we can achieve similar success.
Why this works: Positive interactions with colleagues allow for a more supportive relationship that can help everyone thrive.
While your co-worker may have stepped in without any expectation of you returning the favor, always take an opportunity to see your organization and its work from the perspective of another department- maybe even identify a way that you can provide insights for that area.
The “just lets me vent” friend
This person knows that talking it out might just be all you need. No unsolicited ideas or solutions, brainstorming sessions, or “I told you so’s” this friend simply lets you vent and work out your feelings. When you want to express feelings of a different kind, try something this:
When you stopped by yesterday, you may not have known just what you were getting into by asking me how things are going. And after letting me talk for nearly an hour about __(current issue in your professional life)_____, I wanted to express my appreciation.
The sympathetic way you just listened without going into “solution mode” was just what I needed. I really felt heard and understood- you have a rare gift for that! Thank you not only for being there, but for giving me exactly what I needed at the time.
I can now say that after thinking “out loud”, I feel ready to tackle this issue head-on. Thank you!
Why this works: This note shows that in addition to being appreciative of the person’s time and attention, you are ready to take the “next step.” People are more inclined to help out in the way you need them to when they feel it makes a true, lasting difference.
How to Write Thank You Notes and Appreciation Letters for a Coach
Your coach inspires, teaches, and helps you become better at everything you do. Here’s a collection of phrases and messages to help you express your gratitude for their investment in your life.
In this guide, you will find:
- Thank you notes and thoughtful messages
- Inspirational quotes to encourage your coach
- A guide to writing a thank you note
- General phrases to say thanks
If you want to show your appreciation for them on social media (ex. , Instagram, etc), you can download the images I've included throughout the guide and tag your coach to let them know how much you care!
If you want to go beyond a simple thank you, use the sample messages below and tweak them to fit your sport and coach!
- When I thought I couldn’t reach my goals, you always supported me and kept me going. I want to thank you for helping me reach my potential.
- I want to let you know how much we appreciate your investment in our lives. You saved the club from relegation this season, and it's been an amazing experience from beginning to end. You are our role model and live as an example of how to persevere in difficulty.
- I am so lucky to have a coach who inspires me every day to be better than the day before. I hope I can inspire future champions as you have inspired me all these years. You’re awesome!
- You taught me so much, but also went beyond that to show your love and care for the team. We're so grateful for your efforts!
- I know I can be stubborn and irritating at times. Despite everything, you relentlessly worked with me to help me reach the top. You are an amazing coach.
- I am indebted to you for being my patient guide and personal trainer. Thank you for helping me out and being there for me in both the good and the bad.
- I honestly don’t know what I would have achieved without you in my life. Although the workouts you create can be hard for me to get through, they've helped me improve my mind and body. You’re an incredible trainer, and I'm so grateful for your work.
- Your encouragement and constant motivation pushed me to heights I never thought possible. Thank you for inspiring me to be excellent in everything I do.
- Your leadership and sportsmanship are top-notch. You've helped me improve my performance on the court with less than two months of training! I'm inspired to continue working hard and being a successful teammate. Thank you, coach!
- Thank you for bringing out the best in me. You've influenced my life for the better.
- I’m dedicating today’s victory to you, my patient trainer and role model. You never gave up on me, and I couldn’t have achieved this success without your guidance. Thank you!
- Thank you for training me to become a capable athlete. As an expression of our gratitude, we've arranged a special dinner for you, our special coach who loves inspiring his team to success.
- This note is a reminder that your hard work and time do not go unnoticed. I value everything you do to make me become the best athlete I can be.
- Thank you, coach! I'm excited to say that your efforts paid off, and it’s time to celebrate my victory with you.
- I know the sky is the limit with a coach you in our camp. Here's to training for more golden trophies in the upcoming season!
- We can't think of a coach more motivating, patient, and inspirational than you. You are truly the best coach ever, and we are so grateful to be working with you!
- Thank you for standing by my side. It means so much to me, and I hope to be able to do the same for you one day.
- I consider myself fortunate to be able to learn from you and your experiences. Your advice has helped me to make it beyond what I imagined myself capable of achieving. I am thankful for and blessed by you!
- It’s a blessing to have such a fantastic and energetic trainer you in my life. I’m deeply indebted to your diligent service.
- You are the greatest coach and boss I have ever met in my life.
- Your coaching skills and time investment pushed the team to a successful season. Thank you for inspiring us to keep working hard!
- Thank you for being my guiding light, for encouraging me, and for making me who I am today. I am extremely thankful for everything that you do.
- Having you as my coach helped me realize what I need to do to be successful not only in sports but also in life. Thank you for caring for me!
- You helped identify my weaknesses and turned them into my strengths. I will always be grateful for your valuable input and investment in my life.
- Great coaches are hard to find. I am so thankful to have found one in you!
- Thank you for being our strength. The happiness and success you brought into our lives can't be measured. Thank you for being the person you are!
- If anyone deserves a standing ovation today, it’s you. We're so blessed to have you as our guide and trainer!
- Words can't express how thankful we were for the opportunity to participate in the tournament. If it weren't for you, we would never have made it this far.
- Thank you for inspiring us to be confident and to never give up on our dreams.
- Thank you for reminding us that every competition is an opportunity to showcase our talents and practice. You told us we could do it and you were right!
- Thank you for your insight and valuable time!
- Thank you for boosting our morale and lifting up our spirits. We will always strive to be the best because of you!
- I am so thankful for your commitment and willingness to help me grow.
- Your motivation, encouragement, and support constantly inspire us. Thank you for everything you've done for us.
- You taught me that success does not come by working alone, but only when we work together as a united team.
- You’re the best professional I have ever worked with. Thank you!
- I’m lucky to have found a trainer who is friendly and always willing to help.
- We had tons of fun at camp. We can't thank you enough for everything that you did to make training fun and enjoyable.
- If anyone deserves appreciation for the brilliant performance at the tournament, it’s you, coach!
- Thank you for the valuable time you spent to train the team to be better than it ever was before.
- A coach you comes only once in a lifetime. We're blessed to have you!
- Your vision, commitment, and courage pushed the club to a championship. You’re awesome!
- Thank you for your love, determination, and sportsmanship. We’re proud to call you our coach!
- Thank you for your intense energy, support, challenging workouts, and being a remarkable trainer!
- Thank you for choosing me to be a part of the team and for believing in me. I won't let you down!
- “All coaching is, is taking a player where he can’t take himself.” – Bill McCartney
- “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden
- “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier
- “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward
- “It’s amazing how far you can go when someone believes in you.” – Katie Kacvinsky
- “I’ve never felt my job was to win basketball games—rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life.” – Bobby Knight
- “Successful coaches are visionaries. They have a picture of success set in their minds.” – Gavin McGinnis
- “Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.” – Phil Crosby
- “I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” – Muhammad Ali
- “Being able to help someone learn something is a talent.” – Margaret Riel
- “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw
- “Every noble work is at first impossible.” – Thomas Carlyle
- “What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If you want to share something more personal or write more details about how your coach influenced you for the better, a short letter is a great idea. Below are two samples to inspire you.
Sample Letter #1: From the Team or Players
We’d to thank you for giving us care and attention beyond the call of duty. We wouldn't have been able to win the championship three times in a row or be known as the best team without your inspiration, guidance, and encouragement.
Thank you once again for instilling the values of discipline, perseverance, and hard work in us—and for making us the world's best. If anyone deserves honor and great respect, it’s you, and you have it from us all.
Sample Letter #2: From the Parents
You are an incredible coach! We've seen the hard work, support, and care you've invested in our child this season. Thank you for motivating my [daughter/son] to set goals and strive diligently to accomplish them. For that, you have our sincere thanks.
If you want to write your own letter from scratch or add a few lines to a sample letter template, follow this guide to express your thoughts.
- Start your letter with “Dear [coach’s name],”
- Express what you appreciate about them.
- Mention how their training, motivation, and guidance made a positive impact in your life.
- Thank them again.
- Conclude the letter with “sincerely”, “yours truly”, “warm regards”, or “kindly”.
- Add your name at the bottom.
|I value everything you do|
|I cannot thank you enough|
|I'm deeply indebted to you|
|I'm very grateful for you|
You can use these general phrases to keep the message short and sweet. Write them in a card or send your coach a text!
Thanks a Million! 25 Ways to Say
Let’s play a little game.
I want you to count how many ways you can say thank you in different languages.
Go on, take out your fingers and start counting!
Merci. Arigato. Gracias. Kamsahamnida. Xie xie. Danke…
You might be surprised how many languages you can say thank you in, even if you don’t actually speak those languages.
It’s easy to understand why the words thank you are often among the first few words you learn in any language.
A simple thank you is the most basic form of politeness, recognized all over the world.
It’s amazing how those two words can open many doors, connecting you to people everywhere.
Often, there are different ways of saying thank you in one language. This is definitely true of the English language.
Today I’ll be showing you many interesting words and phrases you can use for expressing your thanks in English. But before that, let’s look at how you may choose to communicate your thanks.
How to Best Communicate Your Thanks
Thanking someone face-to-face is often considered the most sincere and personal way of communicating your gratitude (appreciation).
However, it’s not always possible to thank someone in person. Maybe it’s inconvenient to meet, or maybe they’re far away. Not to worry, though, there’s always the phone. While texting is also an option, calling someone to thank them directly will probably appear to be much more personal and sincere.
When dealing with official matters, such as after a job interview or a conversation with a company or business, it’s best to say thanks in writing, either in an email or letter. According to a survey reported in Business News Daily, sending a thank-you email within 24 hours of a job interview could increase your chances of getting the job.
When you receive a gift or invitation from someone, it’s always a nice personal gesture to send them a thank-you card with a hand-written message. The Today.com article “6 right ways to say thank you (in a note)” offers tips on how to write the perfect thank-you note.
Of course, mastering customs this in a different language is always a little difficult. FluentU is a great tool to learn how native English speakers say “thank you” sincerely and in different situations. FluentU provides real-world English videos, TV clips, dialogues, commercials and more—then transforms them into personalized language lessons.
Watch this cute cartoon to hear a couple of different ways to say “thank you” (both of which we’ll cover below). If you sign up for a FluentU account, you’ll get tons of extra learning features while you watch.For instance, you can click any word in the interactive subtitles for an instant definition. FluentU will also show you other videos that have the word, so you know how to use it in any context.
Check out the full video library to learn ways to say “thank you” and much more just native speakers do.
Right, so let’s now look at 25 different ways to say thank you in English. After that, we’ll also look at five ways to respond when someone thanks you. Are you ready?
Thanking someone casually
The checkout clerk rings up your items at the grocery store. Your friend or co-worker hands you a cup of coffee or a sandwich. A random stranger gives you directions for getting to the nearest train station. What do you say?
Below is the simplest and most basic way of saying thanks. You can’t go wrong with this. It’s suitable for both casual and formal situations.
(1) Thank you.
Below is a shorter, more casual form of thank you that you could use with friends, family and peers.
To emphasize (stress) your thanks, you could say:
(3) Thanks so much.
With close friends and family, you could use this even more casual version:
(4) Thanks a million.
When someone has done you a favor
When someone does you a favor (helps you with something), they’re often not only willing to help but sometimes they may even offer to help without you asking. For example, you might request help with your class project from another student, or your neighbor might offer you a ride to the train station if it’s raining or snowing outside.
Here’s how you can thank them for their kindness and help:
(5) That’s very kind of you.
Or, if they made your day a little less unpleasant and more bearable (by keeping you from getting caught in the rain or snow, for example):
(6) You made my day.
Or, if you want to thank them for being such a wonderful and caring person:
(7) You’re awesome!
When someone does something unexpected for you
Has someone ever done something for you that you didn’t expect? Your brother who never cleans his own room offers to clean your house and do your errands after noticing how busy you are. Your friend drives 100 miles to visit and bring you a housewarming gift after you move to your new job in another city. Surely that would have you both surprised and grateful at the same time.
You could even be so surprised at someone’s thoughtful words or actions that you simply can’t find the words to thank them enough. In that case, you could say:
(8) I don’t know what to say!
Though you may be pleasantly surprised, you may also be feeling a little awkward or shy about someone having gone their way to be so thoughtful towards you in their words or actions. Here are a couple ways to express that feeling:
(9) Oh, you shouldn’t have!
(10) How thoughtful of you!
When someone has helped you achieve an important goal
Achieving success or an important goal isn’t always easy. Oftentimes, it’s the encouragement and support of people around you that push you to succeed. Maybe it’s your parents who have cheered you on, your friends who have been there for you or your team members who have put in their time and effort.
Here are some ways to thank those people who have played a part in your success:
(11) I couldn’t have done it without you.
(12) I really want to thank you for your help.
(13) I really appreciate everything you’ve done.
When someone has helped you through tough times
We all know what a relief it is when someone comes to your assistance during tough (bad) times. Whether you lost your job, were hit by a natural disaster ( an earthquake or flood) or had to deal with financial (money) issues, you’re grateful to people who reach out to help.
To tell them how much you value their support, you could say:
(14) I’m really grateful for your help.
(15) This means a lot to me.
(16) Thanks for having my back.
When someone has your back it means that person is there watching out for your well-being and supporting you.
This is the phrase you would use to thank someone you feel indebted to (feel you owe something) and hope to repay someday when you get the chance:
(17) I owe you one.
Thanking someone for something specific
To thank those who have shared their knowledge, wisdom and experience with you, you could say:
(18) Thank you for your guidance.
(19) Thanks for explaining this to me.
To thank someone for visiting your house, office, etc. to see you in person, you could say:
(20) Thank you for stopping by.
If you’re thanking someone for something specific that they’ve done for you, be sure to mention what it is so that they know exactly what you’re thanking them for.
For example, you could say:
(21) Thanks for [finding my dog].
Feel free to adapt this phrase to your needs.
Thanking someone formally
When you’re dealing with companies, businesses or official matters, you may want your message to sound more formal. To thank someone for responding to you, you could say:
(22) Thank you for contacting me.
(23) Thank you for your prompt reply.
You can also use formal words appreciate and grateful to show your thanks. The word feedback is similar in meaning to “reply” or “response,” and assistance is a more formal word for “help.”
Here are some examples of how you could use those words:
(24) I appreciate your feedback.
(25) I’m grateful for your assistance.
How to respond when someone says “thank you”
Now that you’ve learned many ways to thank someone, what do you say when someone thanks you for something you’ve done for them?
While this is the most formal way to respond, it can also be used in casual situations:
In casual and less formal settings such as with friends, family or even strangers, you could say:
Don’t mention it.
Not at all.
If someone thanks you for a meal or a service, you could express that you’re pleased that you’ve had the opportunity to dine or work with them by saying:
It’s my pleasure.
With this long and varied list of words and phrases in your vocabulary, you can now begin adapting them to your own use.
Whenever you come across other ways of saying thank you, be sure to take note and practice using them.
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Thank You Phrases and Words to Express Appreciation at Work
Using the right thank you phrases can make all the difference between showing true appreciation and just going through the motions of etiquette.
People can see when someone is truly appreciative, not just because the right phrases of thank you are used, but because they can feel the intention.
Sometimes the simplest appreciation phrases can convey the strongest feelings of gratitude, only because the feelings are there.
Tried and True Thank You Phrases
“I truly appreciate your…”
“I really appreciate your help with …”
“Thank you for helping me with…”
“How can I ever possibly thank you”
“Thanks a million for…”
“I’m so grateful for…”
“I’ll forever be grateful for…”
“I appreciate it”
“I appreciate what you did”
“You have my gratitude”
“Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to… Thank you”
“How can I ever thank you?”
“How can I show you how grateful I am for what you did?”
“There are no words to show you my appreciation”
Thank you phrases to show appreciation for an employee doing a good job
When an employee does his/her job, you may think that it’s just to be expected, that thanks are not in order. But they are. Just remember the last time your manager appreciated what you did and told you so. It just feels so good to be appreciated.
Here are a few examples of how to show appreciation to your employees:
“Thank you for completing the budget report on time. Having the numbers handy at the budget meeting really helped me get the money we need for the xyz project.”
“Thank you for doing such a thorough job on the project proposal. When I presented the proposal to the board, they could all understand exactly what we were proposing. They asked very few questions. Your thoroughness helped get the proposal approved.”
“Thank you for coming through with the exception report in such short notice. I know you were tied up with another important project, but somehow you got both assignments done. I really appreciate your efforts and the results.”
“Thank you for keeping me so well informed on significant problems in the department. Being on top of things helps me build credibility for our department with others. I really appreciate your efforts in keeping me informed.”
See a pattern here? You are telling the employee, very specifically, how his work and efforts helped you, the department, or the company do better. We all want to know that our work matters, and that we are making a contribution. It’s good to know when we hit the mark.
Thank you phrases to show appreciation to your boss
When you want to show appreciation to your boss, you may hesitate because of fear of appearing you're kissing up to her.
You may also think that you don’t need to show appreciation for your boss, that she's just doing her job or she's supposed to get it from her own boss. Not necessarily.
Words of appreciation for your boss are in order if she has done something she didn't have to do and it benefits you directly, making exceptions to policy, getting you raises, approving extra resources and so forth.
Here are a few examples of how to show appreciation to your boss:
“Thank you for getting me a performance bonus, it means a lot to me. It tells me that you value the work I've done and that you’re willing to go to bat for me. I also the cash! It’s coming to me at the perfect time, I already know how I’m going to spend it.”
“Thank you for approving my vacation request in such short notice. I know you’d to know ahead of time when everyone is going to be out. I normally submit my requests in advance, but this time I couldn’t so I really appreciate you making an exception and approving it.”“Thank you for taking the time to coach me on how to solve the problem I was having with xyz. I know I should’ve been able to solve the problem on my own, but your help was invaluable in seeing what I was doing to contribute to the problem.”
The idea here is to let your manager know (1) that you appreciate his extra effort and (2) why you appreciate it – how it benefits you.
Thank you phrases to show appreciation to a customer
A common mistake that businesses make is to go their way to get a new customer and forget to pay the same attention to existing customers.
It's a lot easier to keep existing customers satisfied than cultivate a new customer relationship from scratch. There are many opportunities to thank a customer: for a purchase, for a referral, for putting in a good word for your company and so forth.
Here are a few phrases that may help in expressing appreciation for a customer.
“Thank you for your business, we really appreciate it.”
“We know you have options, so we really appreciate you chose us to do business with.”
“We truly value your business. Thanks for letting us serve you”
“We really enjoy working with you, thanks for being such a great customer”
“Thank you for recommending our company to xyz, your word has a lot of weight and made all the difference in giving us an opportunity to serve xyz as well. We'll make sure we'll live up to your recommendation of us.
“Thank you for sharing your customer experience about our company with others. Your testimonial as a satisfied customer is very important to us, we really appreciate it.
And if you feel saying thank you in French… or Italian…
Thank you phrases in other languages
“Danke” “Dank dir”
For a more comprehensive list of thank you phrases in other languages, you can: visit this site It will open on a separate window.
And if just had a job interview, you may want to check out these job interview thank you letter samples.. The text can be modified to suit interview thank you emails.
Giving Thanks for My Job — A Non-Traditional Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving has always been a wonderful, albeit somewhat predictable activity for me — I meet my family, tease my little sisters, eat great food until I hurt, and talk about what I’m thankful for. Once I check all the boxes, I can collapse into a food coma. Thankfulness has always been part of the holiday, but it’s never been my primary concern. That changed this Thanksgiving.
My last few months were difficult. After getting a job at SocialCops in Delhi, I went back to the U.S. to update my visa. I fought hard to get myself back to Delhi, navigating the intricacies of the visa system (I nearly was refused a visa because the consulate misunderstood my application) while fielding questions from confused friends and family back in the U.S.
By the time I arrived in Delhi, I wasn’t sure if I had made the right decision. Moving away from family is always hard. Moving 13,037 kilometers away to pursue a startup job I couldn’t even define to my family — that’s a whole new level of difficulty.
To make matters worse, as soon as I got back to Delhi, I injured my ankle — a fully torn ligament that pulled off a chunk of bone — and contracted dengue at the same time.
When I wasn’t navigating the Indian hospital system for two issues simultaneously, I was stuck in my flat. Moving more than a few times per day left me in pain.
After my daily visit to the hospital, I’d fall asleep for three or four hours exhaustion.
Nine weeks later, these health issues have started to subside. I’m officially dengue-free, and my huge blue plaster cast has been replaced with a less-conspicuous blue ankle wrap.
With health and visa issues finally off my mind, I’ve been able to finally settle into my job. Just in time for Thanksgiving, I’ve been filled with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and thankfulness. I love my job and I’m so thankful to be here, despite all the challenges. Here’s why.
“Wandering…is the discovery of the self” (Roman Payne)
I was hired in SocialCops as part of the Partnerships team, with a focus on helping non-profits use data effectively. That role lasted about one week. Since then, I’ve been encouraged to explore the company, try out different roles, and construct a set of responsibilities that really fits with my strengths.
In the process of experimenting, I fielded up to 300 customer messages each week, created proposals for companies Unilever and the Gates Foundation, defined our company culture, overhauled our hiring strategy, started an open data series, revamped the company’s employee on-boarding process, wrote an ebook and published content across 13 of our 16 content streams.
I have little experience in most of these things. At the last count, I’ve learned 17 new softwares and tools since I joined SocialCops. For some of these tools (e.g. R and Hubspot’s CRM), I still have a lot to learn. For others (e.g. Lever, Instapage and Intercom), I’ve become the company expert.I’ve loved this period of exploration. Though I’m finally starting to settle into a set role, I don’t feel a pressure to constrain myself to one team or another.
Working across teams means that I can see connections between all the work we do, and choosing my own role allows me to customise my work to what I’m really good at.
This sense of freedom to be able to wander and learn is something that I’m so thankful for.
For the record (and in case my parents are reading this), I think I’ve settled into a proper job title for now.
My main roles are Content Conceptualization and Management within Growth and Non-Profit Capacity Building within Partnerships.
Though, of course, it wouldn’t be a startup job if I didn’t also have some side roles — Hiring Portal Expert, Landing Page Builder, SEO Monitor, Ebook Writer, Employee On-boarder, and Slackbot Wrangler.
“To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved” (George MacDonald)
Inherent in my exploration was a sense of trust. As I tried out all these new things — in which I had little experience — my colleagues never hovered or micro-managed. This was true even as I mailed a newsletter to 5,000 contacts or published an ebook on data collection for global distribution.
At SocialCops, we plan together, then we execute solo. We plot out big strategies together — improve our organic search traffic through landing pages, bring ten new hires to the company, clarify client communication, develop better metrics around inbound traffic, etc.
Then, if you take up a strategy, it’s yours. You can find help on Google or ask anyone on the team. But ultimately no one will babysit you. That strategy is yours to carry out when and how you think is best.(Though you better be ready to support your choices with data!)
I feel so thankful for the ability to carve out my own piece of the company and truly own my work within it. Of course, collaboration is a must, and I am forever grateful for all the help my colleagues have given me. But, even more, I am thankful to have been given so much trust to take up what I love to do and take an active role in shaping SocialCops’ future.
I’m used to living away from family. After all, I’ve spent nearly five the last seven years living outside of the U.S. However, all this time and experience hasn’t made it any easier to be away from my family.
That’s why I’m thankful for my constructed family — all the people at SocialCops who I’ve gotten to know over the last four months. As a shy person, it took me a while to get comfortable with everyone at the office. But all our office activities — Friday demos, monthly town halls, games in the park, all-nighters in the office — helped me get to know everyone. And I’m so glad I did.
My SocialCops family has been an incredible resource, taking the time to teach me about everything from the best chaat near the office to how to integrate absolutely any application with Slack.
They’ve also been an incredible support system, delivering food to me while I had dengue and bullying hospital administrators to get me an appointment with the best doctor.
They only make fun of my Hindi accent once a day, which I take as a victory. If anything, that’s what I’m most thankful for!
Ultimately, I’m infinitely thankful for this opportunity. If you had asked me where I’d be at age 24, the last thing I would have predicted was that I’d be working at a startup in Delhi. Now I can’t imagine myself anywhere else.
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