Writing thank-you notes can be quick, painless, and effective.

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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 — though sometimes the commercials are wickedly clever, like this  “spelling bee” ad.

Yet, once you look beyond the overblown rhetoric, you’ll find a career lesson. A political ad is an exercise in brevity since candidates need to leave their mark in 30 seconds.

Even a quick message can have a lasting impression. That’s why these three sample thank-you notes say a lot with a little.

Thank-You Email #1: How to thank an employee who took you under his/her wing

Hi [Colleague’s Name],

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!

[Your Name]

Note: It takes 30 seconds to make someone’s day. You also strengthen the relationship with the person who mentored you.  

Related: The Networking Email That Works Every Time

Thank-You Email #2: How to thank someone for a referral that led to a new job

Hi [First Name],

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,

[Your Name]

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.

Thank-You Email #3: How to thank someone for a referral that led to a business deal

Hi [First Name],

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,

[Your Name]

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 though you picked up the business for your own company.

Note: This article originally appeared in dannyhrubin.com

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