Letter of Interest Examples and Format

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A , 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  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  through family, friends, or former colleagues. If you know someone at the company, write directly to them. You could also ask that .

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  before you start writing your own letters.

Sample Letter of Interest

This is a sample letter of interest.  (compatible with Google Docs or Word Online) or read the example below.

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Sample Letter of Interest (Text Version)

September 1, 2018

Joseph Q. Applicant
123 Main Street
Anytown, CA 12345
josephq@email.com
555-212-1234

Jane Smith
Director, Human Resources
United International
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321

Dear Ms. Smith:

I recently read an article about United International’s new approach to digital marketing in Marketing Magazine Online, and I’m writing to inquire whether you have any marketing positions open.

I have five years of experience working as a Marketing Strategist for one of our local retail clothing stores. During my time in this role, I increased the number of website page views by 120 percent and reduced the cost of customer acquisition by 20 percent. In addition, our sales increased by 50 percent during that time.

My resume is enclosed with this letter so you can review my education, work experience, and achievements. I would appreciate an opportunity to talk with you or a member of the marketing team to see how my experience and skills could benefit your company. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Your Handwritten Signature (for a hard copy letter)

Joseph Q. Applicant

More 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

You might also look at a  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.

Cover Letters vs. Inquiry Letters

A letter of inquiry is different from a . 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.