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.
Letter of inquiry example:
Davidsons Furniture Sales
123 Made up Road
Date: 23rd July 2010
Ref: Sales Person Vacancy
Dear Sir / Madam
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.
Mr Richard Jones
128 Some Road
Tel: 0121 638 0026