Odds are if you're applying for a job, you're familiar with the cover letter. The introductory letter that summarizes why you think you are the right person for the job. It is attached to a professional resume and never goes separately. However, standing out from the horde can be difficiult-one way to potentially stand out and get a job is the other letter: the letter of interest.
When There Is No Posted Job
A letter of interest is sent to a company you would like to work for that doesn’t address a specific posted job advertisement. Instead, the letter of interest expresses the desire to work for the company and what your skills are that might benefit the organization. You can express your desire in certain types of jobs in the letter, but the letter tends to me more about selling your skills, not auditioning for a particular position. Letters of interest can be sent on their own and do not require any supporting material, like a resume.
What To Submit and When
Always submit whatever correspondence is requested by the company. Most professional job posts require a cover letter with a resume. However, you may additionally be asked to send in a letter of interest. It could be they want to show it to a different department that doesn’t necessarily have the same job opening, but for which you would be a good fit. If so, then don’t argue. Just send one in also. If a company does not request a letter of interest, you are still free to send one to those companies that interest you and that you hope to connect with in order to find a fresh graduate job.
Letters of interest can work well when you’re searching out an internship that may not be posted in a public way. Otherwise, to find a listing of internships and new grad jobs in your area, sign up with FirstJob.com.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.