Karen James Chopra, LPC, MCC, NCC, has been counseling career clients since 1999 and has helped hundreds of clients change careers, find new jobs and deal more effectively with workplace challenges.
In addition to her private practice, she has worked for two national corporate outplacement firms: Lee Hecht Harrison and Resource Careers. These are the organizations that help people who have experienced a layoff or downsizing to find new jobs, and their programs are usually considered the gold-standard of job search technique.
Ms Chopra is a regular presenter on career issues, having taught career theory at the graduate level, designed and delivered numerous workshops, and served as a regular guest commentator on WMAL’s career radio show “Your Career Life.”
She is a career-changer herself. Before entering the counseling field, she worked for nearly a decade as a trade negotiator for the United States Government, first at the Department of Commerce and then at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Ms. Chopra holds a number of relevant licenses and certifications: licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the District of Columbia; Master Career Counselor (MCC), a designation of the National Career Development Association (NCDA); and National Certified Counselor (NCC), a designation of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She belongs to all of the relevant national and local associations involved in career counseling, including the American Counseling Association (ACA), the National Employment Counselors Association (NECA), the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Career-Life Planning Network (MAC-LPN).
Her B.A. is from the University of Virginia, and she received a masters of science in foreign service from Georgetown University, and a masters in community counseling from George Washington University.
Should I send thank-you notes after an interview?
Career counselor Karen Chopra highlights the importance of sending a thank-you note after a job interview.
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Karen Chopra: Hi!
, I am Karen Chopra, I am a career counselor in Washington, DC and now we are going to talk about what you do after the interview.
Host: Should I send thank-you notes after an interview?
Karen Chopra: This is one of the few hard and fast rules in the interviewing world and that is you must send thank-you notes. You must send thank-you notes to everyone that you interview with. thank-you notes are an easy way to differentiate yourself from all of the other people who are interviewing, in fact most people don't send thank-you notes. But it is one of the things that employers will say again and again. They notice, they pay attention if they get a thank-you note and they notice when they don't get thank-you notes from people. So please take the extra time, you've done a great job in the interview, take the extra time, sit down, draft a nice personalized thank-you and send it out usually within 24 to 48 hours after the interview. If you are one of the procrastinators out there and it's longer than that still send the thank-you note. This is definitely the time, it's better late than never.