The employment game can be exasperating. Many of us will give up searching after plowing through the many employment websites only to find nothing, no, nada, not even a glimmer of hope. Most of us will also have a target job or company to keep an eye on. So, when it appears that there is no room at your favorite inn, what can you do? ‘Nothing’ would be the easy way out, for there are ways in which to throw a hopeful fishing line into that particular pool, waiting for a bite. This fishing line comes in the form of a letter of interest and may score you that dream job, despite what they say about not having any available positions in their pool. Indeed, the pool is never empty – there is always a job to be won.
Of course, maybe there aren’t any jobs right now, but perhaps at some time in the future. The point is, all you can do is prepare for getting that job. Thus, the best thing to do is to express some formal interest. The best thing to do is to send a pristine letter of interest and rest assured that they know who you are (and importantly know that you are interested). Nine times out of ten, the desired company will file you away for a later time. But for some lucky hopefuls, they do indeed get a bite. A letter of interest, in other words, could ultimately get your foot through the door.
And so, how do you write on of these letters of interest? What does it look like? Well, that’s what we are here to demonstrate to you today in this post. The following help should outline all that you need to do in order to perfect your own letter. With a little hope, it could be that little extra bit of effort that ends your job search and lands you the dream job.
Letter Of Interest: A Complete ‘How To’ Plus Tips and Format
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Isn’t A Letter Of Interest Just Another Word For A Cover Letter?
They are indeed similar, but they’re not the same thing. A cover letter is something which must be included (or will be requested) within your application. On the other hand, a letter of interest is unprompted – more, ‘out of the blue’, if you prefer. They both express the same interest in a job, but the difference is an employer is expecting the cover letter. If you have written cover letters in the past, then you will have a fair idea on what to do with a letter of interest. Furthermore, just so you know, a letter of interest is often referred to as a ‘prospecting letter’.
What To Put Into Your Letter
Much like a cover letter, this letter is essentially dedicated to how much you want the job. This is your letter in its most simple version, but there’s more to it than that, of course. You should, first of all, include your personal contact details (full name, address, email address, phone number, current job, etc.) Following this, you should relate how you heard about the job or the company. After this, you are free to express how much you like the company, want the job, and so forth. The important thing to do here is to tell them about you as a professional. Don’t just say “I want the job because XYZ”. Instead, portray your skills and interests, then relate them to the job, thus depicting how you are the perfect candidate for the job.
Remember to remain formal when writing. The employer will be judging you on your tone of writing. Only include information that is relevant. Furthermore, be succinct with your information. In other words, don’t ramble. A letter of interest shouldn’t be more than a page. Therefore, fill it with only the best stuff about you.
If You Want To Be Successful In Any Way, Do Not…
As mentioned above, keep it short and smart. Your tone of writing should always remain professional. Another thing to bear in mind is to leave out any negativity. Don’t write something like “I hate my current job and I would love to join your company”. There are more professional ways in which to state such matters. On the other hand, don’t get too cocky. You should state things about yourself in a factual sense. For example, “I won the XYZ award in 2012 for my leadership skills” is a perfect example of demonstrating how good you are without blowing your own horn. Employers appreciate honesty as well as confidence. Therefore, don’t explain that you are great because you basically think you are – back it up with proof.
An Overall Outline Or Format Of Your Letter (Example)
- Personal information and contact details – name, address, current position, date, email address, work email, phone number, etc.
- Why you are writing/where you heard about the job.
- Why you would like to apply for the job/become part of the company. State why you feel you’d be perfect for the job (employment history, skills, and so forth).
- Summarize and send regards/sign the bottom of the letter if you can.
If you are still wondering how to piece together your letter of interest, do a search on templates or examples. There are plenty of great examples out there in which you can gather some inspiration.