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: 303-881-1896 | firstname.lastname@example.org
January 7, 20––
Dr. Randolph Moore, DDS, MPH
1000 Medical Towers, Suite 3200
Ft. Collins, Colorado 80521
I resigned my controllership of Robertson Manufacturing last week. My work there is completed, and I have ridden off into the sunset toward "Happily Ever After Land." However, in order to be happy when I get there, I'll need to find another position.
As a fellow professional, you are no doubt aware that networking is the only way to make the contacts necessary to build a successful practice, or to find a good job in this town. You may be in a position to help me.
I have enclosed a copy of my current resume, and would appreciate it very much if you could make me aware of any interesting situations that come to your attention. Please note that my skills are not limited to finance and accounting. Related administrative positions such as computer systems management are also of interest, expecially since my MBA area of emphasis is MIS [Management Information Systems]. I am also seeking temporary work while conducting this job search--and yes, I do taxes too.
Thank you for your attention. I am aware that you are busy, and appreciate your consideration. Should you wish to know more about this situation before my next appointment, please feel free to telephone.
Douglas P. Arnold, Jr.