To write a letter of interest, begin with a greeting, note your assets, describe your experience and express your interest in scheduling a meeting. Using your networks to secure an informal introduction to the employer prior to writing the letter and setting up a formal meeting can make things easier.
- Begin with a greeting
Start your letter with a formal and professional greeting. Address the letter to a specific person if possible.
- Note your assets
In the first paragraph, describe the personal assets that make you a good fit for the position you are targeting. Include three or four assets, and briefly describe why they make you a good addition to the company.
- Describe your experience
In the subsequent paragraphs, describe your experience in a related field or position. Tie in your assets and how they helped you succeed in academic projects, volunteer work and past jobs. Provide specific and concrete examples of this.
- Express your interest in scheduling a meeting
In the last paragraph, express your interest in meeting with the employer. If there are no formal vacancies at the time you send the letter, express a desire to meet for an exploratory meeting.
- Sign off
Thank the employer, and write your name, leaving space for your signature above your printed name. Provide your contact information, including phone number and email address.