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.
PAUL A. WILLIAMS II
4500 South Monaco Street # 1128 | Denver, Colorado 80237-3423
H: 303-773-3480 | C: 720-809-8050 | firstname.lastname@example.org
August 10, 20––
Mr. Lloyd M. Northrup
Beverly Hills Investments, Inc.
9000 Oak Hill Road, Suite 1450
Beverly Hills, California 90210
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