The term letter of inquiry refers to a prospecting document delivered to companies that may be hiring employees but do not appear to have any job openings posted. There are a number of ways to send a letter of interest, including through the postal service, email, as well as professional networking websites.
Also known as a letter of interest, a letter of inquiry is not sent in response to a job posting; rather, it is sent to a company that is of interest to a job hunter. The letter should explain why the job hunter would like to work at this company, as well as how their skills and experience would make them a valued employee. As is the case with resumes and cover letters, a letter of inquiry should follow a predefined format as indicated below:
The following is an example of a well-written letter of inquiry. The document uses the outline mentioned above:
February 1, 2015
Mr. David Decisionmaker
Manager: Corporate Planning
81 Corporate Place
Histown, Pennsylvania 08180
Dear Mr. Decisionmaker:
I am interested in joining Newcompany as a member of the corporate planning team. In addition to possessing an MBA in Corporate Finance, I have seven years of experience in the budgeting and business planning processes.
In the role of manager - workforce planning, I used lean six sigma techniques to lower annual operating expenses by $2.8 million, which was 8.3% of the planned cost. More recently, I've been responsible for planning efforts that include: development of the company's balanced scorecard, as well as investor day conference materials.
I would like the opportunity to discuss my background and how I can make an immediate contribution to Newcompany's corporate planning team as well as answer any questions you may have about my background.
12 Findmy Way
Yourtown, Pennsylvania 08080