Has anyone sent you a complimentary email or voice message? Did you keep it? In today's Globe and Mail Careers Section, Pamela Preston tells her story of how she kept her spirits up after being fired by listening over and over again to a positive email message sent to her by a colleague.

During tough times, it's important to remember just how much value we still bring to the workplace.

Some of those notes and comments can be worked into a "marketing letter" (How do create your own marketing letter and get up to a 30 per cent return was one of last month's featured presentations at HAPPEN) or other communication pieces you are sending to potential employers.