Rather than bury this in a serious discussion thread on Katie's Dear John post i thought it might be kind of fun to make it a response to her Dear John letter. Please understand it's for fun...sort of.
Thank you so much for your letter. It is at least nice to know that you are well and something bad had not happened to you. I respect your position and your budget constraints. Actually the reason for my call was three fold. I really wanted to discuss all this with you over lunch as i value you as a person but after receiving your nice letter it seems you are very busy and being hounded by lots of recruiters so i will respond in kind.
First, i am glad that we are on the same page. After having worked my heart out for you in the past, i want you to know how much i have appreciated your business and have been delighted that we were able to place several people with your company who are still there and in fact have been promoted. It is always rewarding for us to know that we were able to assist in helping build a company with top people. Which brings me to the second reason for my call.
As a recruiter who has worked with you in the past we of course signed an agreement not to recruit directly or indirectly any employees of your company. We have been happy to honor that agreement, however we are receiving a high level of calls from current employees of your company who with the economy improving want to make a change. Rather than engage them behind your back i wanted to discuss with you that since you no longer need our services and are doing good things with google and the SM crowd, i am sure you no longer have expectations that we not work with your employees or anyone at your company they may refer to us. Certainly we do not want to besmirch our reputation as honorable due to you finding new and cheaper ways to meet your goals. We understand budgets.
It had also become difficult to work with your internal recruiters as they did not return calls and seemed to be sitting on resumes from recruiters while trying to fill positions that you had listed with us without having to pay a fee so were not putting our resumes throught to your hiring managers. All understandable when money is tight but frustrating as you can imagine when we were trying to do our very best to provide top candidates and asked only that our candidates be considered along with those your recruiters received since you did list the position. But let bygones be bygones. The relationship had become strained from our point of view also but we are never quick to throw relationships to the wind just because things got a little difficult. Times change and we never know what the future will bring so loyalty is never under valued from our standpoint.
The third purpose of my call was to let you know that we have been approached by one of your competitors who want to retain us to do some senior level recruiting. As we have given you preferential treatment in the past and did not work with your direct competitors as we felt there might be even a small perception of conflict of interest i also wanted to be sure you were aware that since you no longer need us there should be no such perception and i know you will wish us well. In line with that new relationship this client is looking for a Sr. level person with your background. As i have worked with you in the past and found you to be an effective professional on all levels i wanted to speak with you about the position before i launced a full search.
Based on your letter it seems however that you feel cold calls are a thing of the past and social media is the total solution. Unfortunately this search is a confidential one so will only be discussed with potential candidates who will be called as you say, "out of the blue". I did want to give you the option to discuss or possibly refer someone but being unable to reach you and receiving your letter i will certainly accept it as a rejection and wish you well in finding another position within your company that will meet your desire for career progression.
By all means, let's hang out some time. Just because our past relationship was no longer of value to you does not mean there is anything wrong with either of us. As adults we both know it's never good to burn bridges or loose opportunities over something as silly as a call not being returned. Give me a call if things do not work out for you in the future. If i do not have too many candidates calling as the economy starts to boom i will certainly return your call..or at least drop you a note.
Love and kisses,
P. S. My number is oi812, if you get my voice mail please leave a message.