Writing a Letter of Inquiry

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What is a letter of inquiry?

Writing a Letter of Inquiry

One of the seldom used job search tips that could greatly increase your chances of finding a job is writing a letter of inquiry. This is not to be confused with a resume. A letter of inquiry should be relatively short, concise, and written in a manner that tells your prospective employer why you stand out among their long line of potential applicants.

The letter should never read like a checklist of your qualifications. Once your foot's in the door, your resume will take care of that. Begin the letter with a brief statement expressing your interest in working for the company, and a bit about yourself.

Play to your strengths. Describe a past situation relevant to your employer's industry where you made a positive impact with your performance. End the letter with a request for an in-person interview, and follow it up with a phone call to demonstrate your enthusiasm.

   

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