Are you in the market for a new job, but struggling to find advertised openings in your field? If so, then you should consider a more proactive approach and start sending out some job inquiry letters. Some job-seekers use these letters to look for potential employment opportunities. Of course, to get any real benefit from this strategy, you will need to learn the proper way to craft and deliver job inquiry letters. Fortunately, we have the tips you need – as well as some examples you can follow to create your own letters.
Job inquiry letters are a great tool to use when you’re trying to get your resume out to companies that may not even have started the hiring process. Contrary to what some job-seekers assume, companies don’t always post job ads as soon as an open position becomes available.
By contacting companies before they’ve had a chance to begin looking for candidates, you can give yourself a head start on your job-seeking competition.
(We wrote a good post here on how to write the perfect cold job search email)
Job inquiry letters are exactly what they sound like. They are unsolicited letters that request information about potential job openings. These letters are a useful tool that can get you noticed by employers – even when they are not yet ready to hire. They are also a great way for you to express interest in working for a firm that may not currently be looking for someone with your skill set. Sometimes, that simple line of inquiry can pave the way toward future opportunities with the company.
To write effective job inquiry letters, there are a few things you need to do. First, try to obtain the name of a contact person within the company. Sure, you could just write one of those “to whom it may concern” letters, but put yourself in the company’s shoes. If you were a hiring manager, would that approach really spark your interest? Probably not. Instead, you should take the time to search for the company on LinkedIn, and try to locate someone in human resources or management. You can then direct your letter to that person, for a more personal touch. Alternatively, you could just call the company and ask.
Your job inquiry letters should include the following information:
Below, we’ve included some examples to show you how it’s done. Note that there are several different ways to accomplish your goals, depending upon your unique situation and needs.
You have a couple of options when it comes to sending your job inquiry letters. The first is to mail a printed copy of your letter, along with a resume, to the contact person. This has the advantage of being both traditional and professional. It also ensures that human eyes will see the submission, even though they may not actually read it. Alternatively, you could send it via email. Again, there is no guarantee that anyone will read it.
The real question, though, is this: should you email your resume if you choose to email the letter? Opinions are divided. Some hiring managers are reluctant to open file attachments from unknown addresses, so there is always the risk that your email will be ignored. Others are more open to the idea, especially when they are accustomed to receiving emails in that manner. Use your best judgment.
Here are two sample job inquiry letters that you can use as guides to create your own inquiries. The first can be an effective option when you need to send an email inquiry. The second can be used for the more traditional postal submission.
With an email submission, you can typically skip the otherwise-obligatory contact heading details, and instead get right to the matter at hand. It is still important to ensure that the presentation is professional, well-organized, and informative. For example:
With the letter option, you should pay attention to standard letter guidelines regarding formatting. That will help to ensure that the letter you send showcases your professionalism and attention to detail. That means using the right contact information presentation, and including a standard greeting and close. For example:
Yes, the process of creating and sending out job inquiry letters is time-consuming – and there’s no guarantee of success. However, the potential benefits can be enormous! If you’re serious about landing that dream job, an inquiry letter can be a better option than waiting for that company to announce an open position. So, be proactive and take control of your own job-search efforts. This could be just what you need to finally land that great career you’ve been looking for!