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People often don't know how to handle e-mail job enquiries. As a result, they As per instructions, attached is my CV and cover letter for your consideration.

Sample Letter #1

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While currently searching for a challenging opportunity working as a (Name of Position), I have been researching for information about the strongest (Name of Industry) companies in the region. Your organization is by far the most fascinating and attractive group.

I am writing today, therefore, to express my excitement about the purpose and practice of (Name of Company) and my sincere interest to learn of employment opportunities for which I might apply. As the enclosed resume demonstrates, my experiences and abilities make me highly compatible with the culture and direction of your company, and so I would greatly appreciate being notified about any suitable opportunities.

If you have any questions, of if you would like to discuss further the talents I could offer, I would warmly welcome the opportunity to speak with you in person or over the phone. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Sample Letter #2

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I am interested in a position as a technical writer and editor for Doe Electronics. I hope my enclosed resume will be of interest to you.

I graduated from Doe University in 2018 with a major in English and a minor in Electrical Engineering, an admittedly unlikely combination. Still, it has served me well. I have been able to bridge the communications gap between technicians and the general public, not only in writing readable manuals, but also in writing successful advertising copy. I hope to hear from you after you have had a chance to review my resume.

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Although you may have a fully staffed sales force at Doe Pharmaceuticals, I believe that my background will interest you. After completing an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Springfield University, I worked in the lab at Springfield Hospital, having frequent contact with staff physicians. Later I worked for Johnson Pharmaceuticals in Research and Development, which gave me a solid background in drug interaction and chemical composition.

In addition, my position as President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to use my leadership and sales abilities. Please take a careful look at my resume. I know I could be an asset to your company. Call me at 555-5555, if you would like to know more.

Sample Letter #4

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I am interested in being considered for a position in sales and marketing management. Your recent partnership with Doe Corporation brings unlimited opportunities for the new millennium. I would like to help you capitalize on those opportunities by effectively leading a sales force to increase your revenues. As a seasoned sales professional with an extensive understanding of the communications and PC markets and a track record of success, I offer you the following:

- Ten years in telecommunications; four years in wireless

- Excellent sales and marketing skills

- Superior oral and written skills

- Refined interpersonal skills

- Public speaking and effective motivational skills for large audiences

- Sales management experience both in the field and at the corporate level

- Technical skills, including PC hardware and software, Internet, and e-mail

- Enthusiasm, loyalty, integrity, motivation, and good judgment

My future is filled with optimism and a sincere desire to prosper. I propose to share my wealth of knowledge and experience as your next sales manager as Doe prepares for explosive growth. I can relocate almost immediately.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I will contact you shortly to discuss this opportunity in greater depth.

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I am a senior electrical engineering student at Springfield University and will be graduating there in May. I am writing you now to inquire about possible summer employment opportunities at Doe Electronics.

I have successfully completed various courses in computer programming and computer applications. This training has provided me with the qualifications necessary to produce electronic controls for all cutting edge automotive applications. I am familiar with Motorola HC11 controllers as well as their application in embedded systems. In a few short weeks, my training will be completed and I will be ready to implement my skills and training in a challenging position in electrical engineering. I feel I could make a valuable contribution to the automotive applications department at Doe Electronics.

I understand that you will be representing Doe Electronics with a booth at Springfield University's career fair on March 19th. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you at that time to discuss my qualifications and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to contact me before then, please call me at (555) 555-5555.

I have enclosed my resume for your review.

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I am writing to inquire about employment opportunities with your company. I have been looking into several job opportunities in this field and am impressed with what your company has to offer. I possess a full range of capabilities that I could bring to your organization. My education and prior work experience have adequately prepared me for the demands of several positions in the administrative assistant field. I am a dedicated professional who is eager to take on new challenges and responsibilities, and I am confident that I have the qualifications necessary to make a valuable contribution to your organization.

I would appreciate it if you would contact me regarding any job openings you currently have or will have in the near future. I would be more than happy to submit a resume and/or meet with you in person. Please feel free to reach me either by phone (555-5555) or by e-mail ([email protected]). Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sample Letter #7

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Having recently graduated from my studies, during which I acquired strong theoretical and practical abilities as a (Name of Position), I am currently seeking a challenging position in a local (Name of Industry) company where I could use my energy and talents to contribute to the company's quality and growth. Since (Name of Company) is highest on my list of exciting local endeavors, I am writing today to inquire about possible employment opportunities.

To demonstrate my unique skills and potentials, I have enclosed my resume for your review. If possible, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak with you in person to express my sincere interest and to further detail the valuable skills and qualities I could offer to your company.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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My purpose in writing is to apply for the marketing position that Doe Medical Supply posted on its web site. John Doe, in your sales department, also encouraged me to apply.

Your list of desired qualifications includes a background in foreign language to work with Doe's international clientele. I speak fluent Spanish and German, two of your prime markets. In addition, working at City Pharmaceutical over the last three years has given me valuable experience in the medical supply industry. I am ready to further develop my marketing skills at Doe Medical Supply.

I look forward to an opportunity to discuss this marketing position. I will contact your office next week to set up a convenient time for an interview. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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cover letter for job enquiry

How on earth would you go about applying for a job at a company that’s not hiring? Well, that’s when a cold-contact cover letter comes in to play. In this short guide, you’ll discover how to create an outstanding cold-contact cover letter to ensure businesses can’t refuse your application. Even when they’re not looking to hire!

What’s a cold-contact cover letter?

Cover letters are essentially a letter of introduction to the job you’re applying for. It complements your CV and goes into more detail about your skills, experience and ambitions. It also offers an insight into your personality.

Typically you’d write a cover letter because you’ve seen a job advertised and you want to apply, right? Well, what about if a company isn’t advertising jobs, but you want to inquire about potential opportunities. That’s when a cold-contact cover letter comes into play. The aim is to sell yourself for a position that may not exist yet. So, when an opportunity does arise, you’re the first person the recruiter thinks of.

Cold-contact cover letters can also be labelled as letters of inquiry, letters of interest, speculative cover letters or prospecting cover letters.

Is it worth it?

Tried everything to get a job and still having no luck? You may choose to hand out your CV to a few companies just in case they have some positions opening up that would suit you. Also, there may be a company or two that you want to work for, but they’re not hiring, so you choose to send a CV their way just in case.

These are both examples of cold-contact. But sending a CV alone isn’t enough to secure you a potential position; you need a cover letter to sell yourself effectively, too.

When writing a cover letter in response to a job ad, you’d use the job description to make sure you’re highlighting the skills and experience they’re after. Cold-contact cover letters are much trickier because you don’t have the luxury of the job description to guide you; instead, you have to assume you know what the company needs and prove that you can offer it.

Cover letters can take lots of time to carefully craft. But cold-contact cover letters may take even longer. Therefore, it’s best to stick with one or two companies that you want to work for and aim for them.

Do your research!

If you do decide to write a cold-contact cover letter, it’s essential that you do your research properly. You need to be sure that the company you’re approaching will be able to utilise someone with your skills and abilities; it’s no good talking about how you’ve got plenty of experience within construction if you’re planning to send your cover letter and CV to a PR firm.

So, when you’re researching the company, make sure you know exactly what they do and how they operate. Then, you can explain why you’d be such a good fit. Also, research their leading competitors and any latest news trends related to the sector to highlight that you’re a professional in the know.

It’s also extremely important to research who your CV and cover letter should be sent to. You might find a company address or a general recruitment email address, but you should look for a specific person to send it to – that way it’s less likely to get lost in the junk mail!

Keep an eye out for the head of recruitment; they’re the one you want to send your documents too; the personal touch makes a great first impression and lets them know you’ve done your research.

How do I write one?

Below is a template of the basic format of a cold-contact cover letter. It’s pretty much identical to any other cover letter, except you need to use your knowledge of the company and sector and your general initiative to craft it, rather than a job description.

[Address Line 1]

[Address Line 2]

[Address Line 3]

[Address Line 4]

[Phone Number]

 

[Company Address Line 1] [Company Address Line 2] [Company Address Line 3] [Company Address Line 4]

 

[Date]

 

Dear [Name],

 

Paragraph 1:

Your opening paragraph should be ready to hook the reader. Begin with a bold statement relaying exactly why you’d be a valuable asset to the company and why you want to work for them. Be clear in the fact that you’re going to make their company so much better, rather than suggesting that the company is going to help you.

 

Paragraphs 2 & 3:

This is your chance to share your skills relevant to the role you have in mind. You MUST use your experience to back this up, or your claims won’t be credible. Also, make sure these claims relate to the company’s needs and goals, or they simply won’t want to know – this is why research is so important! Now would also be a good time to mention any connections you may have with the company, but make sure your connection is comfortable with the mention first.

 

Paragraph 4:

At this point, you need to address a call to action. Tell them that your CV is attached and request an interview, phone call, or meeting. You might even go small-scale and ask if the company is soon to be at any job fairs.

 

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Hard copy or email?

The template above is for a hard copy of a cold-contact cover letter, in that it’s a formal letter designed to be posted! You might find that sending an email is a preferred or a more convenient form of contact for the head of recruitment though – and it’s probably easier to find their email address!

So, there are only a few minor changes to the format if you’re sending this cover letter via email. Firstly, you can remove the company address and your personal address. You might also want to consider changing the sign-off to something a little less formal such as ‘kind regards’ or ‘best wishes’.

Secondly, you need to come up with a subject line for the email. It could be something as simple as ‘inquiry for a sales role’, or something more daring like ‘want to hire someone who can increase sales by 20%?’.

Another great thing about sending an electronic copy is that you can attach links! Believe us; if a recruiter spots a link, they’re going to click on it, so why not use this to your advantage? Include your LinkedIn URL, and if your Twitter is an extension of your professional brand, include that as well.

Also, if you’ve got your website, blog, or any other type of online portfolio, tack that on too. These links should be placed neatly under your sign-off to create a professional looking signature.

Our 5 top tips

  1. You MUST find out who you’re contacting. Otherwise, you’re likely to be ignored. If you absolutely can’t find a relevant name to address the letter to, then change the salutation to ‘To Sir/Madam’ and the sign-off to ‘Yours faithfully’.
  2. Be creative in your opening. You can’t just say that you’re looking for a job within the company because it’s related to the career you hope to have. You need to wow the recruiter.
  3. Let your personality shine through. The point of a cover letter is so recruiters can get to know you in more detail. So while it’s important to be professional, don’t be afraid to explain things with a touch of character.
  4. Include a call to action. You need to prompt some form of contact or response as it’s just too easy for a recruiter you ignore you.
  5. Keep it short and easy to read. Of course, you want to squeeze all your best bits into the letter, but you need to write concisely and effectively. It should be no longer than an A4 page, and don’t worry if it’s less!

Example of a cold-contact cover letter

Below is an example of a cold-contact cover letter for someone seeking a sales position.

123 Any Way

Town

County

Postcode

01234 567 890

 

123 Any Way

Town

County

Postcode

1st January 2000

 

Dear Kate,

 

The information displayed on your website suggests that you are an extremely progressive company with an eye for detail in the property sector and that is exactly why I am interested in working for you. With my expert knowledge of six years working in sales, I believe I can assist the company to evolve into the leading brand.

 

I am currently working at a construction company as a sales manager. In this role, I act as a mentor for a team of twelve and frequently monitor performance to generate sales within the field on a daily basis, in addition to keeping our sales and expenditure forecasts on target. I oversee a lot of the strategic movement within the sales department, too, and as a result of my open-minded approach, I have exceeded the company’s ambitious sales targets by 20% year on year.

 

Not only do I have an indispensable skill set for sales and management, but I also have experience in the construction and property market. After graduating with an upper-second class degree in Planning and Real Estate, I have spent my career observing and identifying the performance of leading brands within construction and property. With my unparalleled industry insights, I have been extremely successful in securing sales and helping companies to the forefront of the market.

 

I would greatly appreciate the chance to arrange an interview to discuss potential job opportunities and the contributions I could make to the company. Please find my CV enclosed for your reference. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Yours sincerely,

Jack Evans

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Employment Enquiry Letter

cover letter for job enquiry

A key part of almost any job application is a cover letter. Sometimes, that becomes even more important than your resume itself, as the cover letter shows the human behind the paper. It allows you to shine through your list of certifications and experiences and show off your soft skills and enthusiasm and convince the hiring manager you are the best match for the position.

At the end of this article, you will find an example of a cover letter written in response to an online advertisement. However, before you jump straight to it, it may be a good idea to read through a typical structure of a cover letter, some writing and preparation tips, and useful key phrases. After all, you are representing yourself and your strong attributes, not someone else's online template.

Structure of a Cover Letter

3-5 Paragraphs

Cover letters usually run between three and five paragraphs. Note, however, that unless specifically outlined in the job posting, there is no prescribed length for this type of writing. A good thing to keep in mind is that hiring managers often only spend a brief time reviewing each application. Keeping it short and/or making it stand out in any other way (interesting and unusual words, descriptions, and/or accomplishments) could benefit you.

Structure

  • Addresses and date
  • Salutation
  • Introductory paragraph stating:
    • The position you are applying for
    • How you heard of the position
    • One-sentence pitch of who you are as a professional and a mention that/how your qualifications match the position and/or the company perfectly
  • Body 1
    • Elaborate on your desire to work for this company in this position
    • Elaborate on your background and how it matches the required profile (to sound genuine, make sure you use synonyms and different sentence structures than the words and phrases in the job posting)
  • Optional Body 2 (and 3)
    • Relate one or two anecdotes depicting skills or accomplishments that are not immediately noticeable on your resume
    • Tie them back to the job description. Show how these skills make you the best choice for the position
  • Thanks
    • Thank the hiring manager
    • Express one more time how enthusiastic you are about working for their company and how perfect of a match you are for the advertised position
    • Provide another form of contact (telephone number) and express your willingness to be reached out to for any further information

Tips for Writing Cover Letters

  • Always refer to the exact position for which you are applying. Make sure you know all the details about it and the company. 
  • Researching the company and the position prior to writing your letter will help you sound on point and will help frame your attributes more specifically for the position.
  • Point out those aspects of your career that you feel are especially important. Be confident and proud of your accomplishments, yet still matter-of-fact.
  • Don't point out too many of your qualifications. You've enclosed your resume for that purpose. Instead, select one or two details or anecdotes and elaborate on those.
  • Refer in a positive way to a future interview. Don't be shy about stating that you'll follow-up. 

Useful Phrases

Referring to the Position

  • I am writing to you in response to your advertisement for...
  • I would like to apply for the position of...
  • I'm interested in applying for...

Pointing Out Important Qualifications

  • As you can see from my enclosed resume, my experience and qualifications match this position's requirements closely.
  • I believe my...make of me an ideal candidate for this position.
  • I would like to point out...
  • During..., I improved (furthered, extended, deepened, etc.) my knowledge of...
  • My superiors really appreciated my... / when I...
  • I was responsible for...
  • My former position required me to..., which...

Referring to Future Interview

  • Please, feel free to contact me at...(for any further questions).
  • I look forward to an opportunity to speak with you in person. 
  • I look forward to speaking with you personally. 
  • I look forward to discussing how I can...

Cover Letter Example

2520 Vista Avenue
Olympia, Washington 98501

Mr. Bob Trimm, Personnel Manager

Importers Inc.
587 Lilly Road

Olympia, Washington 98506

My name is Kenneth Beare and I am applying for the position of the Legal Assistant specializing in Port Regulatory Law at Importers Inc., as advertised on Indeed. I am a seasoned attorney and, as you can see from my enclosed resume, my experience and qualifications match this position's requirements closely.

I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tacoma and was directly hired by Shoreman and Co. due to my expertise in port authority regulations. During my four years with the company, I further deepened my knowledge of the fast-changing regulatory laws in our state. My employer also thought highly enough of my abilities to promote me to head legal researcher after my first year of employment.

I am now ready to take my career to the next level, and Importers Inc. seems to be the perfect place for my aspirations. Your prestige along with the attentive care you give your customers are aspects that I value highly, and I believe that my profound knowledge of the industry, as well as my people skills, would help your company reach an even wider clientele.

Please, feel free to contact me by email or at (206) 121-0771 for any additional information. I would love to become a part of Importers Inc. and help further your mission. Thank you very much for your consideration. I look forward to hearing back from you.

We'll show you how to use job inquiry letters to reach out to companies and Subject Line: Letter of Introduction and Job Inquiry – [Your Name].

Cover letter templates

cover letter for job enquiry

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address

Date

Contact Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Contact,

As a recent honors graduate in Accounting at the [insert name of university], I am eager to find a position with a Top Ten accounting firm. Since almost the beginning of my academic major studies, I have researched national accounting firms to determine which might provide challenging career opportunities.

[Insert name of firm] is at the top of my list of “dream employers.”

I am thus writing to inquire if you are anticipating needing either intern or entry-level accountants in the near future. Eager to gain “real world” experience, I am willing to work my way up within your organization.

The talents that I can bring to the table include a strong aptitude (as proven by my 4.0 GPA) in the areas of financial accounting, auditing, corporate accounting, management accounting, and business tax accounting. Possessed of a strong attention to detail, I meticulously check and double-check my work to ensure that all reports are correct and ready for submission well ahead of deadlines.

I would be grateful if you would add my name to your pool of potential job candidates; a copy of my resume is attached. Please let me know if I can provide you with any additional information – I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you to learn more about career opportunities at [insert name of firm]. Thank you for your time, consideration, and forthcoming response.

Sincerely,

Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Name

People often don't know how to handle e-mail job enquiries. As a result, they As per instructions, attached is my CV and cover letter for your consideration.

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