In many ways, letters of interest are like cover letters. Both are sent to a manager at a company you’d like to work for, and both show that you’re interested in a job. However, a letter of interest is sent independently of a job opening, while cover letters are submitted in response to a posted vacancy. Because of that difference, a letter of interest takes a different shape than a cover letter. When you’re writing your letter of interest, remember to include the following.
– The greeting. Figure out the person at the company you’d like to work for and address your letter of interest to him or her.
– The thesis statement. Open your letter with a concise statement about your capabilities and explain how you would benefit the employer you’re contacting.
– The background. At some point, probably in the first paragraph, you should give some background information about why you’re sending the letter of interest. Explain how you learned about the company and why you’re interested in working there. You should also briefly explain the kind of position you’re seeking.
– The examples. In the middle portion of your letter, back up the assertions you’ve made about your skills with concrete examples of work you’ve done in the past. If you’re including a resume with your letter of interest, feel free to reference it. If you have little professional experience, use examples from your education or volunteer work.
– The closing. The end of your letter should indicate your interest in meeting with the person to whom you’re sending the letter at a time of their convenience. You should also pave the way for future contact by informing them of the date on which you intend to follow up and the method by which you will do so. Finally, include your contact information and a professional farewell.