You're job hunting and you finally see an organization you would love to work for, however they have no open positions officially listed. How do you go about approaching them to see whether they have any openings? With a letter of interest--view some samples below.
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A letter of interest, also referred to as an inquiry letter or cold contact letter allows you to contact a prospective employer to express your interest, share your information and learn whether they are currently hiring.
Your letter should hit several key points. First, you should explain the purpose of your letter. Tell the employer why you are the right person for the job, should they have an opening. Close by requesting an interview and, of course, be polite and professional throughout.
If you’d rather not create your letter from scratch, you can use one of these letter of interest/inquiry templates. You can download one or more of the templates and customize them to suit your needs.
All of these templates are for Microsoft Word and are in .dotx format. They are compatible with Word 2007, 2010 or 2013 as well as Word 2003 provided you have installed the Office Compatibility Pack.
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General Letter of Interest / Inquiry
This template can be modified and used for any type of job or organization. The template includes address blocks for your information as well as the business’s. Rich text content controls are used, so you can type directly over the sample text. A date field automatically enters the current date, as well.
Replace the remaining fields throughout the letter with your information, such as the type of position you seek, your skills and your contact information.
In addition, you can further customize this letter by including details regarding why you want to work for the organization.