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A job search is a personal public relations campaign. The objective is to create goodwill for yourself as quickly and effectively as possible. You want others to think of you as thoughtful and considerate, because likeable people get hired sooner. So savvy job hunters take every event, even the loss of an offer, as an opportunity to polish their reputations.

Let's face it. Serving as a reference may inconvenience your friends and business acquaintances. A recruiter may corner them in the evening or at the end of a grueling day, and it often take an hour or more to give a detailed executive reference.

Therefore, when someone helps you sell yourself by speaking to recruiters or prospective employers, it's only thoughtful to show your appreciation. A verbal thank you is fine, but a written note is more memorable. In addition, a letter serves to remind your references of your status, and keeps you at the top of their minds.

4500 South Monaco Street # 1128 | Denver, Colorado 80237-3423
H: 303-773-3480 | C: 720-809-8050 | paw2@worldnet.att.net

August 10, 20––

Mr. Lloyd M. Northrup
Beverly Hills Investments, Inc.
9000 Oak Hill Road, Suite 1450
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Dear Lloyd:

Thank you for acting as a professional reference for me during the recent search for a Chief Financial Officer at National Geographic. That search was conducted by Dave Baxter of Baxter & Associates in Los Angeles.

Although I made it to the finals, the company selected another candidate for this position. As a result, I remain in job market, and I would appreciate any suggestions you may have regarding potential networking contacts. To that end, I have taken the liberty of enclosing an updated copy of my resume for your files. Please feel free to pass along copies to any of your contacts or business associates who may have an interest.

Lloyd, I want you to know that I really appreciate your ongoing support of my job search. I hope I may continue to use you as a reference when additional opportunities arise in the future. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance to you in any way.

With best regards,

Paul A. Williams II

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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.