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Great example of a letter that briefly explains a 25-year career. Use this idea when caught without a current resume.

2000 Oaks Towers | 2000 W Federal St. | Boston, MA 02110
H: 617-765-9898 | C: 617-755-8585 | mburns@msn.com

September 4, 20—

Mr. William T. Dewar
Executive Vice President
7800 Orchard, Suite 200
Englewood, Colorado 80111

Dear Mr. Dewar:

I understand that you are looking to fill a key management position in your Controller's department. I would like to be considered for that position.

The enclosed excerpt from Fortune magazine describes what I am doing now and how I got there. My investment advisory practice is successful and growing, but it does not use enough of the skills and competencies I have spent a lifetime building.

My background is in finance. I earned an MBA in finance from Stanford in 19--. Upon graduation, I went to work for Amoco in a small group that did strategic planning, capital budgeting, and merger and acquisition work. Amoco, at that time, was a leader in this area, and we completed some very significant acquisitions during this period.

From this position, I went to Collins Chemical, Amoco's fertilizer subsidiary, where I was a principal architect of the strategy that brought the company from an $11 million loss to profitability. Then in 19--, I moved to Denver to take charge of the administrative, financial and later, the domestic and international acquisition areas, for Amoco's Minerals department.

After Amoco was acquired by Dow Chemical Company, I became Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Bender Coal, where I worked on problems in the capital expenditure and cash flow areas that arose from the merger. In late 19--, I left Amoco to join InTek as Executive Vice President in their troubled oil and gas operation. Later, I became President of this company. The Fortune article sets out the rest.

My experience in finance, organization and business has been both extensive and varied. I am a "pro." My background is finance, but my success has been due to my ability to work well with people, whether negotiating with officials of foreign governments or leading management teams in turnaround situations.

I have a lot to offer, and would like to put it to better use. Even if my information is wrong about the position in your Controller's department, I would like to meet you and get your advice. I will be in touch with you in the next few days to ask if I might schedule a few moments with you.

Yours truly,

Michael D. Burns


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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.