Writing a Letter of Interest: 5 Things to Know

There’s a basic formula for writing cover letters when applying for jobs, but letters of interest are a bit different. A letter of interest is something you send to a potential employer to introduce yourself, provide your qualifications, and express an overall desire to work in the company. Maybe the company of your dreams is located right in your city, and you’d be happy working any position as long as it’s under their roof. When there are no job postings or hiring announcements, writing a letter of interest might be able to help. But how should you go about writing it? Here are tips to help you get started:

1. Make it personal
Since letters of interest are unsolicited, you need to make sure yours is strong and comes off as completely genuine. Don’t send out a generic letter of interest to 10 different companies; make sure to mentioned specific details about the company’s philosophy and mission statement. Explain why you’re attracted to this company, and why you think you would be a perfect fit to work there. 

2. Explain what you’re after
It can be tricky writing a letter when there’s no specific job to refer to, but be sure to at least specify what type of position it is that you’d be interested in. Describe what kind of job you’d be best suited for, or what department you’re looking to get into.

3. Highlight your qualifications
Saying you’re interested in a job means nothing to a company; make sure you show them that you’re actually qualified! Highlight your relevant work experience, knowledge, and skills so they’ll be able to see you as a valuable candidate for their company. Be sure to also include your resume, but make sure it’s nice and polished first.

4. Ask to follow up
Don’t just send the letter and expect magic to happen; be active and ask for a follow-up. Express your interest in having an interview, phone interview, or even a more informal meeting just to speak further. You can say something simple like, “I would love to come in for an interview so we can further discuss my qualifications and any openings at the company. Please let me know if this can be arranged.” Don’t forget to include your contact information, and thank them for their time.

5. Send it off!
Now, have a friend proofread your letter and get ready to send it! Do some research to see if there’s someone specific you should be addressing it to. Emailing is acceptable, or you can use snail mail if you want to catch their eye.

Don’t be discouraged if you don’t hear back after you send your letter. Letters of interest are nice because even if it turns out there are no current job openings, they can keep your resume on file so that if something does open up, they can refer to your information and consider you for the position. Or if you apply for a job with them in the future, you can mention your old letter of interest, which will definitely make you stand out from the sea of other applicants!