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Having read thousands of job hunting letters, I rarely get surprised. But this one surprised and delighted me in a positive way. This letter-limerick is quite distinctive. It's different from the usual, dull post-interview thank yous, and remarkably different from the typical dry, matter-of-fact epistles often written by attorneys.

To write a letter like this you'd have to be mindful of your audience. Conservative business people could find it distasteful. You'd want an upbeat, imaginative, creative--dare I say fun--audience. And in this case, the lawyer who interviewed David enjoyed limericks, and enjoyed writing them. So in crafting this for her, he was speaking her language.

David spent the better part of a day composing this, and then bounced it off his mother, whose love of writing and puns was a real inspiration. (Notice the pun on "esprit de core.") Among other things, this letter says:

  • I'm a fun person--I don't take myself too seriously;
  • I'm creative, not run of the mill;
  • I'm educated--good with words;
  • I'm excited about the possibilities, and
  • I want to continue the interview process by meeting two of the other attorneys in the firm -- Smith and McCollie.
This letter produced a second interview, but no job offer because the chemistry with the other attorneys in the firm was bad.

DAVID A. FROSH, Attorney at Law
3443 East Euclid Avenue | Littleton, Colorado 80121
H: 303-290-7533 | C: 720-451-8596 | dfrosh@bewellnet.com

July 8, 20––

Ms. Peggi Ardell, Esq.
Technology Venture Partners
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Dear Ms. Ardell:

Finding just the right lawyer's a chore,
When you seek to turn three into four.
But no need to still grapple;
You've found a good apple,
Who'll add to your esprit de core.

At the heart of the rhymes that I volley,
There is an objective, by golly.
I'll say it up front--
It's to stay in the hunt,
And to meet with sirs Smith and McCollie.

I know that it might seem illicit,
To let lim'ricks say "thanks for our visit."
But if it allays
Office cares and malaise,
Then it ain't really pand'ring, or is it?


David A. Frosh

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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.