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November 17, 20––

Bernard Parsons
Business Plan Strategies
3020 Bridgeway, Suite 400
Sausalito, CA 94965

Dear Bernard:

I am writing to let you know I have accepted a position with KPMG as the Director of Internal Audit. The position offers me an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing Fortune 500 company and build upon my expertise in financial services while gaining experience in several other industries. I'm sure you are familiar with KPMG's tax services business which is represented in nearly 95 offices around the world. KPMG also owns both UUNet, Europe's largest provider of online services and access to the Internet, and KPMG Financial which is involved in the credit car and personal financial software industries.

The company is experiencing rapid growth and extraordinary change, not the least of which is a new CEO. For the first time in KPMG's 75-year history, the company is headed by a nonfamily member, Randall C. Weiss III (formerly vice chairman of Touche Ross). Since arriving in August of last year, Randall has been busy outlining a new vision for the company and building a new senior management team. I am excited to have the opportunity to be part of his team, and I am certain this position will be full of challenges and new learning for me.

Despite my excitement with this opportunity, it is difficult to leave the many friends and wonderful climate I have enjoyed while living in California. I will also miss the ocean and will, undoubtedly, make many trips back to visit! For now, I will continue to commute between San Francisco and Chicago, as we look for a new home. My temporary address in Chicago is:

1701 East Lake Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60610-5933

I have also enclosed a business card for your reference.

Thank you again for all of the encouragement, assistance, and support you provided during my job search. Please, let's make a mutual effort to keep in touch.

With best wishes,

Timothy J. Slattery

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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.