A crafty college student named Brian Kerr networked his way into a phone meeting with me back in March — I was impressed by his chutzpah (I welcome cold-calls from ambitious folks!).
However, what really impressed me was the “thank you” letter he just emailed sixteen of us — that’s right, he talked to 16 people in his job searched and thanked us all.
I’m blown away by the tenacity and professionalism of this young man: He even included details about why each of us were valuable to him in his job search.
I’ve included the email below (with his permission)…we have a lot to learn from this man.
His email is more thoughtful than ones I receive from most “professionals” with decades of experience!
From: Brian Kerr
Subject: Thanks to you, I got a job!
This email is a thank you to everyone who played a part in helping me in my career search. I graduated from SFSU 5/21 with a major in Business Administration: Marketing.
5/22, I was hired by Firetide as WLAN Business Development. (How perfect, I know) Firetide is a Wireless technology startup that is located in Los Gatos, CA.
They specialize in Wireless Mesh infrastructures. As part of WLAN Business Development, I will be working with two other individuals to ramp up and scale Firetide’s WLAN division.
Ultimately, the people at firetide truly won me over… (the CEO is hilarious, the Sr. Product Manager always has me smiling, and my team is made of Swedish tennis players….what more could I ask for?)
Kostas, Navid, James: Thanks for all the help on my resume, with your feedback, you helped me build one hell of a resume. (The final version is attached to this email)
Rob, Gady, Greg, and Dana: It was from speaking with you that helped me get a clear understanding of what I truly wanted from my first professional job. I learned that I wanted to be a social connector, someone who can do sales, marketing, pr, and management.
I realized that I needed a small entrepreneurial environment where I can wear many hats and take on lots of responsibility, so I can feed my desire for variety while still allowing me to take ownership/responsibility.
Ultimately, the most important thing was that I realized I wanted a place where I could make connections and build lasting professional relationships, internally and externally.
Jon, Kerry, Skip: Thanks for such a great time at TKG, you guys showed me that no matter what, I have to love the people I am working with.
Nancy: I can’t thank you enough for creating the environment at SFSU where I could learn inside the classroom, but also really truly learn by connecting with the faculty, orgs, and administration so that I could learn whatever fueled my interests.
Don, Anne, Foo, Mike, Jan: Your classes were by far my favorite. It was because of you that school was a pleasure. Please continue being amazing teachers, students need more teachers like you.
Thank you for helping me reach the next step in my career, one day I will be sure to return the favor.