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Try to keep want ad letters short. Generally, one page is better than two, and two pages are better than three. This is a well-written response to a want ad; it's obvious Ken has spent some time on it. A letter like this looks easy to write, but it isn't. It could take five hours to write this kind of concise, warm, friendly, professional letter. Tailor letters only to those ads you think fit you perfectly. Otherwise, you waste time, your biggest asset.

1335 Olympian Circle | Lafayette, Colorado 80026 | U.S.A.
H: 303-451-6978 | C: 720-809-9867 | kgrove@example.com

May 8, 20—

Human Resources Manager
International Education Services
Shi Taiso Building
10-7 Dogenzada 2-chome
Tokyo, Japan 150

Dear HR Manager:

I am interested in applying for a position as English teacher for Japanese businessmen as described in your recent job announcement bulletin. I am a scientist by training and profession. Enclosed is a copy of my resume listing my academic training and professional experience.

My wife and I have very close ties to Japan and would very much like to live there for a few years. My sister, Linda Grove, is a professor of Asian studies at Sophia University in Tokyo. Her husband, Hideme Kondo, is a Japanese citizen and a curator at an art museum in Tokyo as well. My wife and I spent two weeks in Japan with my sister and her family in May of 20—. In the course of our stay, we thoroughly enjoyed visiting with the various Japanese relatives and felt very comfortable and at ease in the Japanese culture.

I hope that the above information will give you an understanding of our interest in spending more time in Japan and in teaching English to Japanese people.

We do not have a fluent understanding of the Japanese language. However, we have studied the language briefly for preparation for our trip in 20—. We also intend to continue to study Japanese as we have Japanese relatives whom we visit periodically.

I look forward to talking soon, and I'll call in the next few weeks if I don't hear from you.

With good wishes,

Kenneth W. Grove

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank
  1. Brand. You are your own brand, and you can define it any way you want. For many years, I provided outplacement to the ex-employees of Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield service corporation. When departing employees left the company, they didn't request outplacement in their severance package. They said, "I want Bill Frank."
  2. Demand. The world will always be full of terrible problems that need solving.
  3. White Hat. I can be a helper and get paid for it.
  4. Pay. I can be paid to do things I'd gladly do for nothing.
  5. Variety. Every day is different.
  6. Happiness. At this stage of my career, I only work for people I respect and care about. If a client micromanages me or is otherwise no fun, I complete the assignment and replace them.
  7. Talent. I'm using 110% of my talents and stretching myself to the max.
  8. Change. I can change my focus any day I want. If you're a McDonald's franchisee, you don't say, "Hey, I've got this great idea for a meatball sandwich—let's try it out today." In consulting you can adjust your focus hour-by-hour, as long as your clients still understand and appreciate what you do.
  9. Income. No one else would pay me as much as I pay myself.
  10. FUN. I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing.
  11. Retirement. I can write and consult as long as I am physically and mentally capable. Peter Drucker worked into his 90s, and when asked which book was his best, he said: "My next one."
  12. Job Security. Although clients come and go, no one can come into my office and say, "Pack up your stuff . . . You don't work here anymore." In 29 years, I've only had one employer: ME.
  13. Travel. I don't have to travel unless I decide to. I travel if it's both FUN and profitable—or at least FUN.
  14. Commute. I live five minutes from my office, a corner office in an upscale six-story tower. In winter, I leave a heated garage at home and drive to an underground heated garage at work. There's seldom time to hear even one song on the radio.
  15. Vacation. Consulting is more fun than vacation (except on Wailea Beach in Maui).
  16. Friends. I have developed hundreds of close acquaintances and several lifetime friends.
  17. Time. I can work as much or as little as I like: four-hour days or 18-hour days. (Of course, my income will reflect that.)
  18. Employees. I can work with employees, subcontractors, partners, or alone—I've done it all.
  19. Passive Income. I've developed several products that provide "mailbox money." I earn while I'm sleeping.
  20. Ethics. I've never had to violate my values or personal code of ethics. I've never had to lie, purposely deceive or harm others, or promise things I can't deliver. I go to bed with a clear conscience. That doesn't mean there's never any conflict. But the conflict is conducted according to generally accepted business practices.
  21. Virtual. My career is fairly portable. With the Internet, e-mail, cell phone, and FedEx, I can work nationally, even internationally from my office—or anywhere in the world.
  22. Purpose. I make a difference in peoples' lives every day. I see it in their faces, hear it in their voices, and read it in their thank-yous.
  23. Experience. Every painful or joyful life experience makes me a better consultant. So does every person I meet or book I read. Grey hair can be good in consulting.
  24. Structure. I have to work very hard, and the clients expect superb results—but I get to structure my days, weeks, months, and years.
  25. Boss. Most of the time, I love my boss.
As I was posting these letters online, I realized I want to communicate my love for consulting. It's just a great business. The single letters, taken together, may create a picture of enjoyment, but in a burst of creativity I listed some of the reasons consulting is such a good fit for me—and perhaps for you, too. They are not prioritized; this is just how they came out.