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Introduction to this section by the author, William S. Frank

In 1980 I took a class called "How to get the job you really want" from Joe Sabah. In it he presented his "gold form," which was a direct mail letter. I adapted Joe's form for one of my clients, Linda Turnbaugh. She mailed 30 letters, got three interviews and a great job offer in a new field. I was hooked. I knew letters could open doors. 
I felt concern for many of my clients. They were highly talented in their fields, but were unable to create interviews. Not knowing what to say, or how to say it, they couldn't get in the door.

I knew I could help them by collecting and publishing letters that really worked. From 1978-1988, I wrote, collected, and edited hundreds of letters. I took just the best of the best, the ones producing interviews or job offers.

In 1989, Ten Speed Press published my book "200 Letters for Job Hunters." It was the very first cover letter book on the market, introducing an entirely new genre. "200 Letters" was an immediate hit. It was updated and re-issued in 1993, eventually selling more than 100,000 copies. In fact, I still receive (small) royalty checks 19 years after the book first appeared.

In 1996, during the original dotcom days, we added 50 new letters and published the collection FREE online. Anyone could access any of the letters. When the dotcom bubble burst, we realized we'd have to charge a small fee to stay in business. We initiated a nominal subscription fee. With the advent of online advertising, primarily Google Adsense and amazon.com, we are able to support the site through ad revenue, so it's FREE again, right here. Please enjoy, and leave comments below the letters.

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William S. Frank, M.A.,
25 Reasons I love consulting.
by William S. Frank

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.

  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.