William Frank, author of 200 Letters for Job Hunters says, “Fifty to seventy-five percent of good jobs come from friends and acquaintances—and from their friends and acquaintances—by word of mouth. The higher the level of the job, the more that rule applies. At the senior executive and professional level, for example, as many as 90 percent of good jobs come through personal friends.”

Using a personal contact letter can allow your friends and acquaintances to help you in your job search. As you will see in the example below, you do not say, “I’m looking for work, let me know if you hear of any openings.” This is much too general a request, and will not elicit helpful information. Instead, in your letter you give specific requests that relate to a specific job target. Once you have sent your letter or email, follow up with a phone call since most people won't take the initiative to contact you even though they may have valuable information that they are quite willing to share with you.

Sample

October 11, 2012

Dear Julie:

I am writing to you and some of my other friends from Bible Study Fellowship to request your input for an important project I’m working on! My job will be ending in March, as my company is moving out of the state. I am currently job hunting, looking for a position as a customer service representative (in a call center).

I have 12 years of experience taking phone orders and handling a wide variety of customer service issues. I like the customer contact and enjoy working over the phone. I am especially interested in working for a bank, credit union or mortgage company.

I am wondering if you might have any information or ideas for me! I would really value your input. For example, do you. . .

  • Know anyone who works in a call center?
  • Know anyone who works in a bank, credit union or mortgage company?
  • Know anyone who knows anyone with the above contacts?
  • Have any other contacts, ideas or suggestions for me in my job search?

I will plan on calling you next week (or you can call me at 714-595-6677 or e-mail me at Davis123@aol.com, if you prefer). Any information or ideas you have will be appreciated. I look forward to talking with you!

Sincerely,

Sheila Martin

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