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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Appreciations

In Behind Closed Doors [RD05], Johanna Rothman discusses what she calls appreciations, simple but powerful messages to let people know how they have affected your life. They take this form: “[Person], I appreciate you for [something]. Its effect on me was [whatever].” They’re a fantastic way to let people know just what they mean to you, and to build relationships, both in business and personal life.

I’ve titled this section “Appreciations,” instead of the usual “Acknowledgments,” because acknowledgments is not strong enough a word. Acknowledging someone sounds like rote, mundane, minimal. You acknowledge you were informed of your Miranda rights.

Herein I’d like to let some very important people know just how much I appreciate ...

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