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
Post code

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.

Yours faithfully


Mr Richard Jones
128 Some Road
B18 6nf
Tel: 0121 638 0026



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