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Not all companies advertise job openings. Some companies get plenty of applicants without advertising. Other companies may not be in hiring mode but will consider applications from qualified candidates if they anticipate an opening in the near future.
Sending a resume and cover letter to an employer, even though you aren't sure if there are available jobs, is a way to get your candidacy noticed. It may also get you advance consideration for positions that have just opened up. If you have skills the company is in need of, it may even get you considered for a brand-new position.
When you know an employer has an opening, don't hesitate to apply.
If you have a company you'd love to work for , consider taking the time to reach out and connect regardless of whether the organization is currently hiring.
Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for an Unadvertised Job
What's the best way to apply for unadvertised job openings? It depends on whether you know there is a position available, but the company hasn't listed it, or if there's a company you want to work for and you don't know if there are open jobs.
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When You Know There is a Job Opening
If you know the company is hiring but hasn't advertised the position, write a traditional cover letter expressing your interest in the open position at the company. Be sure to specifically relate your qualifications for the job.
When You Don't Know if the Company is Hiring
Writing a cover letter for an unadvertised opening (also known as a cold contact cover letter or letter of interest ) is a little different than writing a cover letter for a job that you know is available.
With this type of letter, you will need to make a strong pitch for yourself and how you can help the company. Below are some tips on how to write a cover letter for an unadvertised opening.
- Mention your contacts. If you know someone at the organization, mention this at the beginning of the cover letter. Having a contact at the company is a great way to get your foot in the door, even if the company isn’t actively hiring.
- Use paper or email. You can send your letter via paper or email . Sending an old-fashioned paper letter works well for this type of letter , because it may have a better chance of being read than an email, which could be deleted without even being opened.
- Include a resume. Whether you send your cover letter via paper or email, be sure to include a copy of your resume. Make sure you tailor your resume to the company and the type of job you are looking for.
Below is detailed information on what to include in your cover letter, along with links to example cover letters.
Your Contact Information Name Address City, State Zip Code Phone Number Email Address
- Cover Letter Contact Section Examples
Greeting If you can find a contact person at the company, direct your letter or email message to them. Here's how to find contacts at companies .
If you can't locate a contact person, address your letter to "Dear Hiring Manager" or leave out this section and start with the first paragraph of your letter.
- Cover Letter Greeting Examples
Body of Cover Letter The goal of your letter is to get noticed as a prospective employee even if the company isn't hiring immediately. Your letter should explain the reason for your interest in the organization, and identify your most relevant skills or experiences and explain why you would be an asset to the company.
First Paragraph: The first paragraph of your letter should include information on why you are writing. If you know someone at the company, mention it now. Be specific as to why you are interested in this particular company.
Middle Paragraph(s): The next section of your cover letter should describe what you have to offer the employer. Again, be specific as to how you can help the organization.
Final Paragraph: Conclude your cover letter by thanking the employer for considering you for employment.
- What to Include in the Body Section of a Cover Letter
Closing Best Regards, (or choose another closing from the examples below)
- Cover Letter Closing Examples
Signature Handwritten Signature (for a mailed letter)
Typed Signature When you are sending an email letter, be sure to include all your contact information in your signature.
- Signature Examples
Cover Letter Example for a Job That's Not Advertised
You can use this sample as a model to write a cover letter. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version below.
Cover Letter for a Job That's Not Advertised (Text Version)
Your Name Your Address City, State Zip Code Your Phone Number Your Email Address
Contact Name Title Company Address City, State Zip Code
Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
As an Information Technology professional with high-level management experience in the IT industry, I learned that the best way to achieve success was to motivate the resources I had with well-defined objectives and empowerment.
A management belief based on integrity, quality, and service, along with a positive attitude, an aptitude for strategic thought and planning, and the ability to adapt quickly to new ideas and situations allows me to achieve consistent and significant successes in multiple industries.
My personality profile says:
- A confident, driven individual who reacts quickly to change.
- A self-starter with a strong sense of urgency who responds positively to challenge and pressure.
- A fast learner who is a practical and ingenious problem solver.
- A fluent and articulate communicator, flexible and responsive. A self-directed, goal-oriented doer.
My former managers' say:
"…The Information Technology Analysis will serve as a guideline for making positive contributions …your management style provided a footprint for younger members of our organization… a very positive impression of the contributions you made to our business and its growth." Gregory Hines, President and CEO, Information Data Technology.
"…the most important source of growth in our data technology business …able to focus the team and manage the product to a successful introduction …due in large part to his own personal commitment ...excellent IT project management and operational management skills." Pauline Hallenback, CTO at Information Systems.
"…your strengths as a manager are many and varied …all issues are confronted in a timely manner …management by objectives comes as a second nature to you…" Jackson Brownell, Director of Operations, Denver Technologies.
ABC Company is a company that would provide me with the opportunity to put my personality, skills, and successes to work. At a personal meeting, I would like to discuss with you how I will contribute to the continued growth of your company.
Carefully proofread both your resume and cover letter before you send them. Here are proofreading tips for job seekers.
When sending your letter via email, write your letter in the email message and attach your resume to the message. In the subject line, put your name and the reason for writing (Your Name - Introduction).
- Email Subject Lines
How to Send Your Resume With Your Cover Letter
Here's how to send your resume with your cover letter:
- How to Email Your Resume
- How to Send Your Resume as an Attachment
- How to Mail a Resume and Cover Letter
TAKE INITIATIVE: Not all companies immediately advertise opening positions. Taking the initiative to send a cover letter of introduction “on spec” may garner you an interview for either an existing or a newly developed job role.
APPLY TO YOUR DREAM COMPANY: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. If there is a company you’ve always wanted to work for, reach out to their hiring department with a strategic letter that presents your qualifications and interest in their organization.
BUILD UPON YOUR CONTACTS: A good way to get your foot into the door at a company is to begin your letter of introduction by mentioning the contacts you know who work there. Take this to the next level by proactively asking these contacts – before you send your cover letter – if they would be willing to put in a good word on your behalf with their employer.
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Use these sample cover letters if:
- you're looking for work with a particular employer
- there are no advertised vacancies at that employer.
This approach is often called cold calling . Cold calling is when you get in touch with an employer to ask whether they have any job vacancies.
Cold calling helps you discover unadvertised jobs. Unadvertised jobs can make up a significant proportion of job opportunities.
Cold calling also shows the employer that you have initiative and enthusiasm. Even If there's no work currently available, the employer might keep your application on file. They might contact you when work becomes available.
Even if they don't contact you, you can follow up in a month or so to see if the situation has changed.
For sample cover letters designed for other situations, see our sample cover letters page .
Download sample cover letters
These sample cover letters show you how to write to an employer to ask if they have any jobs available.
You can use the ‘no experience’ letter if you don’t have paid experience. You can use the ‘some experience letter’ if you have some paid work experience.
Paid experience means you have worked in a job that paid you money.
- Sample cover letter, no job advertised, no work experience - Word (84.17 KB)
- Sample cover letter, no job advertised, some work experience - Word (84.17 KB)
What to include in your cover letter
Key points of a cold calling cover letter are that it:
- introduces you
- explains why you're writing to the business
- shows you've taken the time to research the business
- links this research to your own experience, values, interests or goals
- finishes by inviting the business to contact you and indicating that you will follow up your letter with direct contact (if you say you're going to contact them, make sure you do).
Your cover letter should also include:
- school work experience or volunteer that demonstrates your strengths and attributes
- the name of the employer and the contact person's full name on the left
- a reference line – ‘Re: General application for available positions within your organisation’
- an address to the reader directly (for example, ‘Dear Mr Moyle’) Try to avoid using ‘To whom it may concern’ if you can.
What to include if you don’t have work experience
If you don’t have paid work experience, things you can mention instead include:
- school work experience or volunteer work that demonstrates your strengths and attributes
- general skills that help you work in a team and as part of an organisation
- any sporting or community club participation (if relevant)
- hobbies or interests that are relevant to the job or demonstrate your professional experience
- personal attributes that will help you learn to work in a professional work environment.
What to include if you have paid work experience
In addition to the points above, if you have work experience that is relevant to the job, you should show that your experience:
- meets the requirements of the job
- will help you make a positive contribution to the organisation or business.
More about resumes and cover letters
For more information about how to write resumes and cover letters, visit these pages:
For more about resumes and cover letters, check out these pages:
- How to Write a Cover Letter
- Sample Cover Letters
- How to Write a Resume
- Sample resumes
For more about cold calling and the hidden job market, check out our Cold Calling - What Is It? page.
Below is the sample cold calling cover letter - some work experience
Joanne Tint Email: [email protected] Mobile: XXXX XXX XXX
Mr Allan Moyle John Smith and Associates Phone: XXXX XXX XXX Email: [email protected]
RE: General application for available positions within your organisation
Dear Mr. Moyle,
As a recent Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking) graduate, I would like to enquire about positions available within your organisation and provide you with my details for your records.
I have had a strong interest in IT since a young age. I have always enjoyed the challenge of being able to identify faults and work to resolve them. Encouraged by this passion I have recently graduated as a Bachelor of Information Technology with a major in Networking.
While studying I worked as a provider of casual support for IT-related issues on a referral basis. I also worked part-time at Drew Smith Electronics. A technically competent individual, I have a passion for all things technological and a desire to establish a career as an IT professional.
I have been recognised for my high level of motivation and my strong communication skills. I am able to adapt my communication style to reflect the needs of any audience. I have a high level of problem-solving skills and a willingness to focus on my ongoing professional development.
I understand that, as a graduate, I have a lot to learn about working within an organisation. I would like to start in an entry-level position that would allow me to be mentored and guided in my professional development.
I am interested in your organisation's reputation as a leader in the provision of data centre management services. My research into your organisation has shown me that you work closely with a range of clients to manage their data centre needs through outsourced service agreements.
I believe that the opportunity to work in different environments and with different technologies will allow me to develop skills that your organisation can use to meet the changing needs and demands of your clients.
Your reputation for quality support and for being an employer of choice shows that you have an understanding of the needs of your clients as well as your employees. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in order to introduce myself and discuss any suitable positions that may be available.
I enclose my resume for your consideration. I will follow up this enquiry in the coming weeks, but I would be be grateful if you were to contact me in the meantime should you know of a position that you think is suitable. I can be contacted at all times on the details provided above.
Thanking you in advance for your time,
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How to apply for unadvertised jobs: the cover letter that opens doors
Found your perfect company but they are not currently hiring? Apply for unadvertised jobs with this cover letter so you can land your dream role.
When you find that rare company that you really want to work for its a big deal. Whether it is perfect for your first big break or its the ideal organisation to take you up that next rung in your career, the right company can ignite a passion for your future and motivate you to be the best you can be.
But this can all come crashing down when you find that all their positions are filled and there are no current job openings.
So what should you do about this? Sit tight and wait for a position to come available or something else?
In this post we will explore that ‘something else’ you need to do – plus how to make it happen.
Let’s start by tackling the first big question.
Is it worth your time reaching out to an organisation when they don't have any job postings?
The answer to this is a resounding yes and there are three main reasons for this.
Most positions aren’t advertised
It is estimated that 70% of positions are never advertised . This may seem hard to believe at first but when you think a little deeper it becomes obvious why this is the case.
To the outside world it may look like there are no opportunities within a company if their vacancies page is empty but on the inside any or all of these things will actually be happening.
- People are taking retirement or resigning due to factors such as taking a new job elsewhere, moving to another location, or making a career change.
- Some will unfortunately be struggling with their role and are about to lose their job or be deployed elsewhere in the organisation.
- Others will be flying high and are about to be promoted, leaving a gap to be filled behind them.
- Then there is organisational change that will involve recruitment such as new projects and business being won, products ready to be taken to market, services that need developing, or restructuring of departments and or teams.
Can you see how a timely application from a qualified candidate could be warmly welcomed, eliminating the need to advertise or instruct recruitment consultants and pay their high fees?
There’s far less competition when you apply for unadvertised jobs
Despite the fact that most jobs never get advertised, most people don’t send speculative applications to companies.
Think about that for a minute.
Your application could be the only one or just one of a handful for a particular opening.
You won’t get lost in the crowd and you will have a much better chance of being considered in the absence of high competition.
You can bypass Applicant Tracking Systems
Most advertised positions will involve adding your details to a company’s Applicant Tracking System.
Whilst these are necessary due to the high volume of applications companies receive today, they can cause serious issues for both the jobseeker and the employer.
Jobseekers need to ensure they submit an ATS friendly resume so they don’t get rejected. If they don’t, employers and recruiters can miss out the best talent just because of design issues.
A speculative application bypasses this and gets straight to the decision makers instead.
Before you rush off though and start reaching out to loads of companies directly, I do have a word of caution.
Don’t apply for unadvertised jobs until you have done this
Whilst a timely application from a qualified candidate will be warmly welcomed, the reverse is also true.
Sending out generic approaches with little thought or research will not get the results that you want and will definitely work against you.
At best you will be ignored but at worst, they may get irritated which will not help you when there is an advertised vacancy in the future.
Remember, you’re being proactive and trying to ‘sell yourself’ to the company.
To do this effectively you will need to have a good understanding of what the company needs now and provide an answer for a problem they might not currently have (or know they have), but are likely to have in the future.
This all comes down to putting in some research. Check out their company website, their LinkedIn page, and set up Google alerts for their latest press releases. And don’t forget to reach out to your contacts that may have inside knowledge or even better, a name of someone that could be a mutual acquaintance.
Once you have completed your research, you will be ready to put your killer cover letter together.
The 7 sentence cover letter to use when you apply for unadvertised jobs
The trick to getting this right is having a great balance between selling yourself and using the right tone.
This can be achieved if you follow this formula.
Start with why you are writing to them
These are busy people so you need to get straight to the point to enable them to speed read your application.
Tell them why you want to work specifically for their company
You need to let them know that you are not desperately sending your resume out to ‘anyone that will have you. ’
“The reasons I want to work here are…” This is where your research is crucial because it proves that you are serious about their company.
Explain what you can offer and why you’re a great fit.
"I offer X years of experience in this particular industry/sector, performing these particular jobs which makes me a great fit to support your organisation and the products/services it delivers."
Give a significant relevant achievement
Be careful to keep this relevant. It doesn't matter how impressive an achievement is, it will have little impact if they can’t see how it could benefit their organisation.
“In particular, one of my biggest achievements to date has been ….. [explain] and I would relish the opportunity to deliver the same results for [their company name].
Point them to your resume
“To gain a quick overview of what my contribution could be, please take a look at my profile on my attached resume.”
You are telling them that your resume has a profile they can speed read plus it will make them curious to take a look.
Add a call to action
“I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about any current or upcoming positions that may be a great fit for my experience.”
“Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to talking with you soon.”
Cover letter sample for how to apply to a company when they are not hiring
So what does this look like in practice then?
To help you put yours together, here is an example of what this looks like as a complete cover letter.
This is based on a Project Manager but you can see how easy it is to adapt to any industry or skill set.
Dear [hiring manager/recruiter’s name] - you will have gleaned this from your research.
I am writing to enquire about any potential opportunities at [company name] that may fit my skills and experience.
The reason for contacting you specifically is that my research showed that you mainly deal with X projects, which is my main area of interest and expertise.
I offer [insert number of years] years of experience within [name your industry/sector] underpinned by [name specific skills or qualifications].
For example, one of my biggest achievements to date has been the X project where I successfully ….. [explain] and I would relish the opportunity to deliver the same results for [their company name].
To gain a quick overview of what my contribution could be, please take a look at the profile on my attached resume.
I would welcome the opportunity to speak with you about any current or upcoming positions that I could make a positive contribution to.
I appreciate how busy you must be so thank you so much for your time and consideration and I look forward to talking with you soon.
Companies are constantly recruiting but typically just a few positions actually make it out on to their career pages or get promoted on job sites.
This means that it is a great idea to reach out to potential employers and apply for unadvertised jobs.
However, you must put in the research so that you can explain why you want to work for them and why you would be a great fit, otherwise you may come across as looking desperate.
If you use this cover letter formula, they will want to snap you up before their competition gets the chance to hire you
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A global resume writer and career coach, Mark is known for his honest, direct, and hard-hitting advice, helping people manage job applications and succeed at interviews. Now based on the Sunshine Coast in Australia, he is the co-founder of Real Life Career Advice and a prolific publisher, contributing to several industry magazines and his daily career advice blog to his 45,000 LinkedIn followers.
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There are probably many unadvertised jobs in the job market, maybe they are even more than advertised jobs so it can be good idea to send covering letters for these type of jobs.
If following example is not enough for you then click here to view 5 more Speculative covering letters.
Writing a cover letter
For an email cover letter, there is a separate platform. You may be able to find email cover letters examples online. The fact that prospective buyers or employers receive many emails daily,it is important that no single lead detail is missed out. Observe protocols and ethics in email messages so that you get a better chance of being read. Make certain that you follow strictly instructions of the email recipient. This is especially for those applying for a job online. Be conscious of the format as instructed. Fill out the required fields such as addressee and subject and attachments that include your CV . The salutation should bear the name to whom the cover letter must be addressed.
The helpful tips will be your guide to a powerful cover letter for sales,resume submission and for any intention that you might have. For fax messages,there are also protocols to observe,just like any other hard copy cover letters . It is very important that the letter introduces you,your product if you are into sales,your skills and experiences,if you are applying for a job,the type of service,if you are offering a service. So,if you want to make your reader get interested in you to lead him/her into the crucial details of yourself,service or product –then finding out more ideas from cover letters examples online is most advisable.
Unadvertised job cover letter example
Mrs Janine Brown
1 The House Something Street Anytown AB12 3ZY
Mrs H Stanley
ABA Services 22 The Square Townland
Dear Mrs Stanley
I am writing to express my interest in a job vacancy that will be arising very soon that you have not yet advertised.
I was referred to this position by one of your employees, (name if appropriate), and would be keen to assume this position should you deem me appropriate.
Aside from my formal qualifications, I have a very organised way of working, as well as outstanding communication skills, and an excellent work ethic. I always seek to broaden my knowledge and regularly partake in activities where I find it relevant to my progression. My skills and qualifications are detailed further in the attached copy of my CV for your perusal at your earliest convenience.
Should you wish to interview me, I can be available within just a few days and I can provide references at the time of interview if they will be required. However, if the position is filled otherwise, please do not hesitate to retain my details for future reference if possible. I look forward to hearing from you.
October 30, 2018 at 10:51 am
I suppose the good thing about sending letters concerning jobs that are not advertised is the fact that the employers won’t be swarmed with hundreds of letters. Of course, yours is unlikely to be the only one, as many other people may have had the same idea, but at least the volume of paperwork will be a lot less.
Because of this, you may catch the employer’s attention and they may contact you rather than advertise the job. Advertising jobs becomes very expensive, so you’re doing them a favour getting in touch!
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How to write a cover letter for an unadvertised job?
- October 20, 2023
Writing cover letters is hard enough, but what about when you need to write a cover letter for an unadvertised job? These are also called “open applications” and you basically reach out to a company even though they have no visible, active openings. You can simply like a company or get an inside tip to get in touch.
However, is that a good idea? And how should you approach the situation? Find out below!
Should I apply for an unadvertised job?
First, let’s get one thing straight: you can definitely reach out to companies and recruiters even if there are no active openings.
It doesn’t cost you a thing, and you can gain a lot! An opportunity to have a chat with someone at best or you can be ignored at worst.
So, if you are actively looking for a job and there’s a company you like, write a cover letter for an unadvertised job and get in touch.
What should a cover letter for an unadvertised job look like?
Of course, this will depend on your situation and profession. But the general rule of thumb is to keep it business casual. Express your interest for the company and briefly introduce yourself. Use up to 200 words maximum because this is not an advertised job so you don’t want to bore the reader.
Even though we’ve developed a formula, it’ll really depend on your situation. You can use what we suggest and tweak it so it fits your needs.
Here it goes:
#1 Opening line
Start with something like “I was wondering if you’re looking to hire an XXXX” or “I came across your site and was wondering if you’d be interested in a quick chat.”
Why? It’s short, to the point, and very honest!
#2 First paragraph
In a sentence or two explain why they should talk to you. Tell them what qualifications you have or what experience you’ve accumulated.
Go with something along the lines of “I earned my degree/certificate in XXXX last year and I have been working in the field ever since.”
If the above is not applicable, you can say something like “I’ve been wanting to get into this field and your company seems like the perfect environment to do so.”
#3 Third paragraph
You can mention something just a bit personal, but what is related to your profession. For example, if you are a gym instructor, say you love rock climbing, if you’re a veterinarian, say you love animals, etc.
Definitely mention a trait that’s desirable. Here’s a list to help you out:
- Hard-working nature / dedicated / results-oriented / diligent
- Self-starter / motivated/interested in learning and development
- Enthusiastic/energetic / friendly/welcoming / eager to help
- Meticulous / well organised / analytical / problem-solver
So, your third paragraph would look something like “I really enjoy rock climbing, I am meticulous, and I enjoy helping people achieve their fitness goals. Thanks to my outgoing nature, I build and sustain professional relationships with ease.”
#4 Signing off
Your last paragraph and sign off when writing a cover letter for an unadvertised job should also be short & sweet. Keep it simple and go with something like “If you do need an extra person, please get in touch.” or “I would love to present myself in more detail in case you’re hiring.”
For the actual sign use the usual “Thank you very much. Kind regards”.
Should I attach my CV when applying for an unadvertised job?
Another valid question when writing a cover letter for an unadvertised job is – should I attach my CV.
This really depends on you.
Are you comfortable sending your personal info via email when no one’s asking for it? If you are, you can go ahead and attach it. In that case, add the “Please see my CV attached.” or “In case you do need someone, please see my CV attached”, or something along those lines.
If you don’t want to send in your CV straight away, you can write “If you are hiring, I can submit my CV for further consideration”.
What are the next steps?
Well, you will either get a rejection or an interview invitation or you’ll be ignored. Whatever the case may be, you’re not losing a thing! Keep your head up and keep trying. You never know – maybe this will be your breakthrough!
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Sample cover letter for unadvertised job
Advertising job openings is not followed by all companies and this is because they get enough applicants even without advertising. Some companies may not be ready to hire, but may be ready to consider qualified candidates applications.
Sending a cover letter and a resume to an employer, regardless of the availability of the jobs is not wrong. Your candidacy will get noticed. It will get you a chance for the positions in case it opens up. If you possess the required skills that the company is looking for, you may get a consideration in priority.
Knowing an employer has job opening means you must not delay in applying. This is a golden opportunity. Especially, if it is a company that you will love to work, it is best to take time and try to connect, despite the reason that the organization is hiring right now or not.
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address
Title Company Address City, State, Zip Code
Dear Mr. /Ms. Contact,
As a professional of Information Technology with experience of high-level management in the IT industry, I learned the best way of achieving success was by motivating the resources with well-defined purposes and empowerment.
A belief of the management is based on quality, integrity, and service, in association with a positive attitude, a strategic planning and thought, besides the ability to adjust to new situations, ideas and to adapt quickly to achieve significant and consistent success in industries. I have confidence of coming true in this aspect.
My personality profile says:
A self-starter with strong sense to understand instantly and to respond positively to pressure and challenge.
A confident individual reacting quickly to changes.
Articulate and fluent communicator, responsive and flexible. A goal-oriented and directed doer.
A fast learner, ingenuous problem solver and offers practical approach.
I am a fresh Bachelor of IT graduate, I would be glad to enquire for any available positions in your organization and to offer with details of my records
I have keen interest in IT and I enjoyed identifying faults and also working to resolve them. Owing to this passion I graduated as Bachelor of IT keeping my major in Networking.
As I was studying I also worked for IT related issues with a casual support on referral basis. I worked at (Write the name of the company) as a part-time worker. I have great passion for technological details and wish to establish my career as IT professional and as a competent individual.
I am recognized for motivation of high level and strong skills of communication. I can adapt my style of communication reflecting the audience needs. My problem solving skills and willingness to focus is of high level.
I understand as a fresh graduate, I need to learn more and would like to start in your organization at an entry-level position. I am interested in the reputation of your organization. I would appreciate, if I am given an opportunity.
Enclosed is my resume and I will follow up in the coming weeks. I can be contacted at the details mentioned above. Thanking you for your time, in advance.
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How to write a Speculative cover letter
A speculative cover letter is a type of cover letter that you send to an employer even if they haven't advertised a job vacancy. The purpose of a speculative cover letter is to express your interest in working for the company and to showcase your skills and experience. Here's how you can write a speculative cover letter:
- Research the company: Before you write your speculative cover letter, it's important to research the company you're interested in. Look at their website, social media pages, and any recent news articles to get an idea of their values, goals, and recent developments.
- Address the letter to the right person: If possible, address your letter to a specific person, rather than a generic "Dear Hiring Manager." Look for the name of the hiring manager or the person in charge of recruitment on the company's website or LinkedIn page.
- Introduce yourself: Begin your letter with a brief introduction, including your name, your current position or status, and why you're interested in the company.
- Highlight your skills and experience: In the body of the letter, highlight your relevant skills and experience that make you a good fit for the company. Be specific and use examples to demonstrate your achievements.
- Explain why you're interested in the company: In addition to highlighting your skills, explain why you're interested in working for the company. Mention specific projects or initiatives that you find exciting and explain how your skills and experience could contribute to their success.
- Close the letter: Close your letter by thanking the reader for their time and expressing your interest in hearing back from them. Provide your contact information, including your phone number and email address.
- Proofread and edit: Before you send your letter, make sure to proofread and edit it carefully. Check for any spelling or grammatical errors, and ensure that the letter is clear, concise, and professional.
Overall, a speculative cover letter should be well-researched, persuasive, and tailored to the company you're interested in. With a strong letter, you can demonstrate your interest in the company and make a great first impression, even if they're not currently hiring.
How to write a cover letter for an unadvertised job
If you’re tired of trawling through job sites and not seeing the job you want, a speculative application could be the answer. Speculative applications are a way of connecting with employers when they’re not advertising vacancies, and can have great results. They’re also an effective way of getting internships or work placements. Lots of positions are filled without ever being advertised. A speculative cover letter could be your way in - but it can be difficult to get the tone right.
Here’s how to write a speculative cover letter that strikes the right balance and helps you get your foot in the door…
Scour the organisation’s website, LinkedIn page and social media profiles, and search for news articles relating to it. The more knowledge you can arm yourself with, the better you’ll be able to work out how your skills, experience and interests could benefit the organisation.
Research the organisation’s staff list carefully to find out who to address your letter to. This may be the managing director if it’s a smaller firm, or a head of department.
It’s absolutely crucial that you address the letter to a specific person. ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ or ‘To whom it may concern’ won’t score you any points.
It’s best to opt for a formal tone when writing a speculative cover letter. You don’t know the person, so don’t be over-familiar.
Open with ‘Dear [person’s name]’, and avoid any informal chit-chat like ‘I hope you had a good weekend’. Keep your tone friendly but professional throughout, and close with ‘Yours sincerely’.
Don’t be tempted to start your letter with something like ‘I hope you don’t mind me contacting you unsolicited’. This is polite, but the implication that the hiring manager might not want you to contact them is akin to an apology.
There’s no need to apologise - a speculative application is evidence that you’re enthusiastic and proactive, rather than arrogant. Be polite but direct - which takes us nicely onto our next tip...
Get straight to the point
Hiring managers are busy - so don’t waste their time. Too many speculative cover letters suffer from long, repetitive introductions, clichéd language and wordy explanations that are unlikely to be read. Cut to the chase straight away. Say why you’re writing, and demonstrate how you can benefit the organisation with a few key highlights from your CV.
The purpose of a speculative cover letter is to get the hiring manager to look at your CV - so give them a reason to read it with three or four solid points straight off the bat. You could format these as bullet points to make them even easier to read.
Keep paragraphs short and snappy and try to keep your letter to around half a page, and definitely no more than one page.
Focus on the employer
Try not to start every paragraph with ‘I’. You want to communicate what you can do for the organisation and why you want to work there, so try to evidence the knowledge you gained through your research. What challenges and opportunities is the organisation facing? Try to focus on the person reading the letter and their priorities, and give a few examples from your experience that show how you can meet them.
As always, check, check and check again for typos and grammatical errors. Get someone else to proofread it for you if you can.
If you don’t hear anything within a couple of weeks, it’s a good idea to follow up by email or phone. This will show perseverance and a real desire to work for the organisation.
Summary: How to write a speculative cover letter
A speculative application can be a great way to engage with an organisation, and could get you one step closer to your dream job. Even if the employer doesn’t have any openings immediately, it could put you on their radar as someone to contact in the future.
We hope our guide has given you a better idea of how to write a speculative cover letter. Remember, a cover letter acts as the bait to get hiring managers to read your CV - so make sure your accompanying CV is as good as it can be!
If you need help writing a cover letter, you can use our automated cover letter generator.
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