Author's Note: One letter is seldom right for everyone on your list of "friends," so you may want to send tailored letters to various subgroups: one for consultants, another for close personal friends, for family, for former vendors, and so on. The more you personalize your campaign, the better it will work. Doug's letters are variations on Dale Kreeger's friendship theme.
DOUGLAS P. ARNOLD, JR.
295 Treetop Lane N.W. | Ft. Collins, CO 80521
H: 303-578-2929 | C: 720-451-8526 | firstname.lastname@example.org
January 8, 20––
Dr. Pamela Swanson
Director, MBA Program
University of Denver
Evans at University Boulevard
Denver, Colorado 80210
Dear Dr. Swanson:
A few weeks ago, a D.U. seminar entitled "How to Conduct a Professional Job Search" was canceled. This was something of a disappointment since I had just left my position as Controller of Robertson Manufacturing, and was ready to begin just such a search. Fortunately, Lee Thomas recommended a consultant who provides excellent advice, so the search is under way.
Networking is the key concept used to locate opportunities in Denver. I would very much appreciate it if you would permit me to consider you part of my network. As Director of the MBA Program, I know you make contact with many successful business leaders in Denver on a regular basis. Such contact is invaluable in connection with a professional job search.
Will you please take the time to read my resume? I would appreciate it very much if you could make me aware of any interesting situations that come to your attention. Any leads you can provide will be of great assistance to me. Please keep in mind that my skills are not limited to financial accounting. Related administrative positions such as computer systems management are also of interest, especially since my MBA area of emphasis is Management Information Systems.
Thanks for your interest. I regret imposing upon you for this help--I know you are very busy. Be assured that any effort you make to help me will be appreciated.
Douglas P. Arnold, Jr.