Job Search January Challenge #15
When responding to an advertised job posting, I strongly recommend sending a Cover Letter along with your Resume. I also recommend that you expand your search beyond job boards and target your job search by following attractive companies within your industry. How do you introduce yourself to a company when they haven’t advertised a position to which you can apply?
Send an Introduction Letter
An introduction letter is very similar to a standard cover letter, except that rather than state that you’re responding a job opening you found, you’ll simply introduce yourself.
Challenge #15: Craft an Introduction Letter
If you choose to include your resume, use the same letterhead as your resume.
Here’s an example of how you might begin:
Please allow me to introduce myself and thank you in advance for receiving and reviewing my resume. I have great respect for the work being done by <the organization> in their numerous pursuits. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to contribute to these efforts in any capacity you might require, especially any possibility of working <in your specialty>.
Mr. Lawrence recommended I write to you. As a colleague, he is very familiar with my work at my <present or former position>. I have included Mr. Lawrence’s contact information on my reference page for your convenience.
Next, list 2-4 traits, skills, or work experiences which would lend themselves to the organization to which you are applying, just like you would in a cover letter.
Close by availing yourself to further discussion. Here’s a sample of how you might phrase it:
I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions you might have or to discuss contributions I might bring to your company, at your convenience of course. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Now you’re ready to send them out to your target companies! Good luck!