I just have two questions:
1) Should I be sending out thank you notes when I am currently looking at really low-level work (I am looking for work to fill the time between now and grad school)?
2) Are thank you notes an American-only thing? I've chatted about it with various people here (in the UK) and the consensus is that maybe it'd be a good idea within a serious organisation, for a high up position, but that it all sounds very... obsequious? What's strange is that my friends and family members seem to agree not only on this, but also that it's only here in England that it would be wrong to do - "Maybe that makes sense out in America, but y'know, they're like that over there, all very Sir and Madam and Have A Nice Day".
This isn't just an accusation of one of Mark's practises being stuffy, but it coming off as downright *offputting* to an employer! I wouldn't be put off if I was a manager, but I do know that I'm very different to my fellow countrymen and much more "American" in spirit than they are.