JOB SEARCH / JAN. 21, 2015
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How to Write a Job Interest Letter

A letter of interest, otherwise known as inquiry letter or prospective letter is sent to a potential employer who may be hiring but doesn’t have a specific job opening at the moment. This means that if you are interested in working at a specific company or you have a couple of companies in mind, it might be a good idea to prepare and send a job interest letter for each one. The interest letter will essentially give you an opportunity to explain to employers why you want to work for them as well as why they should hire you.

In order to ensure you are maximising your chances of getting a job you need to compose an effective letter of interest that consists of the following:

#1 Greeting

Provided that you know the name of the contact, when opening your letter you should use Dear Mr. or Ms. followed by the name. For example: “Dear Mr. Donald Fisher” or “Dear Mr. Fisher”. If you are not sure who’s getting the email/letter, then you can begin with “Dear Hiring Manager”, “Dear Sir or Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern”.

#2 First Paragraph

Your first paragraph should be able to engage employers right away so you need to refer to what they want to hear. Since they would like to know how you are going to help them develop their company you should include two or three key selling points that are relevant to the position you are targeting. For example you could say something like “My ability to successfully implement business strategies and my strong marketing and communication skills would be an asset to your company”.

#3 Middle Paragraphs

These two middle paragraphs give you the chance to expand more on your skills and experience. With this in regard, you need to show how you have used these strengths to achieve success with reference to examples from your previous jobs or from your volunteer work. For example, “In my previous role, I created sales strategies that exceeded the annual revenue growth expectations of the company by over 30%”.

#4 Final Paragraph

In the last paragraph, you should express your interest in meeting with the employer and refer to the fact that you would welcome a meeting to explore opportunities further. Perhaps you could even attach your CV in the same email and ask employers to have a look.

#5 Signature

When closing your letter, make sure you include your contact information positioned at the end of the text right after your first and last name. Write down your email address, phone number and LinkedIn URL or any other websites (preferably your business website or blog) you would like the employer to visit either to check out your work or learn more about you.

The secret to getting the job is composing an effective and professional interest letter. If you don’t pay much attention to what you are writing there is a chance you might fail at making that first good impression that counts. If you want to be successful, structure your letter in a way that engages the reader, sell your skills and experience appropriately and don’t forget to proofread in the end!

Have you ever sent a letter of interest to employers? Did it help you get the job? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below!

 

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