Most jobs are not advertised in the press. Meaning that if you contact a company asking if they have any jobs and they happen to be recruiting at that time then you have a major advantage over other candidates.
A letter of inquiry is a excellent way of uncovering hidden jobs. Other advantages of writing these letters are:
You will make contact with and come to the notice of hiring managers and can build relationships with them.
Discover leads for possible new jobs in the near future.
Be kept on file by the company for any future vacancies.
Writing a letter of inquiry:
Give a brief statement of how you can benefit their company.
At the end of the letter request an opportunity for a phone call or meeting.
In case you are invited for a interview, always retain a copy of the letter you have sent. These can be useful to refer to.
Always end the letter on a high note.
Remember to follow up any correspondence with a respectful phone call to confirm they have received your letter of inquiry.
I am a highly successful and experienced sales executive and am writing to inquire if you have any openings at your company for which I might apply.
I am currently working for Birmingham Kitchen Retailers as a sale executive. My duties include cold calling, chasing up leads, meeting potential clients and closing sales. I have a very successful track record in all of these fields.
I have enclosed my CV with this enquiry letter, if after reviewing it you feel there may be a position in your company for me then please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward very much to an opportunity to discuss my related work experience and explain in more detail how I can contribute to the continued success of your company.