Letter of Interest Examples and Format
A letter of interest, also known as a letter of inquiry or a prospecting letter, is sent to companies that may be hiring, but haven't listed a specific job opening to apply for. You can use a letter of interest to see if the company has any job openings that would be a good fit for you. You might also use a letter of interest to arrange an informational interview with someone at the company.
A letter of interest is a great way to get your foot in the door with a company you are interested in.
Read below for advice on how to write a letter of interest, as well as sample letters of interest for a variety of circumstances.
How to Format a Letter of Interest
Contact person. First, try to find someone specific at the company to send the letter to, such as an executive in a division you’re interested in. See if you have any connections at the company through family, friends, or former colleagues. If you know someone at the company, write directly to them. You could also ask that person for a referral to a hiring manager.
What to include in the letter. Your letter of interest should contain information on why the company interests you and why your skills and experience would be an asset to the company. Use the letter to sell yourself, explaining how you would add value to the company.
Letter conclusion. Conclude your letter by explaining that you would like to meet with the employer to explore possible career opportunities.
You might even suggest setting up an informational interview if there are no current vacancies at the company.
Include your contact information. In the conclusion, provide information on how you can be contacted if the company is interested in following up with you.
Keep your letter short and to the point. You want to get your point across quickly and clearly, without taking up too much of the employer’s time.
Take a look at these detailed tips and templates for how to write a letter of interest before you start writing your own letters.
How to Use a Letter of Interest: Examples
It is a good idea to review letter of interest examples before writing your letter. Along with helping with your layout, examples can help you see what kind of content you should include in your document (such as examples of your skills and experiences).
You might also look at a letter of interest template to get a sense of how to lay out your letter, and what to include (such as introductions and body paragraphs).
While examples, templates, and guidelines are a great starting point to your letter, you should always be flexible. You should tailor a letter to fit your work experience and the company you are contacting.
Letters of Interest, Letters of Inquiry, and Prospecting Letter Examples
Review these sample letters of interest, inquiry letters, and letters of introduction to get ideas for your own letters.
Email Letter of Inquiry Examples
Cover Letters vs. Inquiry Letters
A letter of inquiry is different from a cover letter. In a cover letter, you explain why you are a strong candidate for a particular job (rather than in a letter of inquiry, where you explain why you would be an asset to the company more generally).
A cover letter is used when you are applying for a specific job opening with an employer.
Read More: Top 10 Cover Letter Writing Tips | What to Include in a Cover Letter | Email Cover Letters | Sample Cover Letters
Lydia is applying for a job that requires an "Expression of Interest". What is it? According to my research, an "Expression of Interest" is a term used when an employer is casting a wide net to find a certain type of candidate.
Typically, the employer might have a number of jobs to fill and so is using this type of job ad to pull in skills sets rather than people answering to a specific job title.
It appears the term is used to fill recruitment projects as diverse as call centre roles to technicians needed to fulfil a big building contract such as a defence force contract. The advice is to use a heading on the cover letter such as "Expression of Interest: Call Centre Consultants".
The opening sentence of the cover letter would start with the words "I am writing to express my interest in ...". Bradley Feller of recruitment firm Hudson said the candidate should then briefly outline his/her skills and the type of role that he/she would be looking for. Mr Feller said a well-written ad should list the skills an applicant would need to be successful.
"It may be a generic advert however, it should point to specific skill sets needed to do the jobs," he said.
Lydia was the first person to write to me on this topic but there have been three others in close succession. I'm now receiving up to 800 emails a month so a few emails on one topic is not necessarily a trend. If anyone has any thoughts on this, I'd like to hear them.
By Kate Southam, Editor of careerone.com.au
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