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While the resume is an important part of your job application, there are many other written components of your job search. The quality of your cover letters, application emails, letters of inquiry, and networking correspondence can have just as great an impact as your resume and should be given as much thought.
Following are the different types of letters you might need to produce during a job search and a bit about their purpose.
Letters of Inquiry
These are used to contact an organization you are interested in working for but who may not have listed any specific job or internship openings. This letter is not written in response to a particular job posting; rather, it is an inquiry into possible employment or internship opportunities at an organization that you like. Here is an example you could use if you were to reach out to an organization inquiring about setting up an internship position
When writing a networking letter, you are not asking or applying for a job or internship. Instead, you are asking the person for their advice and/or suggestions, learning about their organization, or asking for their willingness to participate in an informational interview.
The principle purpose of a cover letter is to get the employer to review your resume and spark interest in interviewing you for a position. It is also a writing sample, a testament to your writing capabilities. Like the resume,cover letters are used to convince the reader you would be a good candidate for a position within their organization. You should work to tailor each cover letter to the specific position, incorporating language from the job description and highlighting the experiences you have that match the specific position.
Thank You Letter
After an interview or conversation with a networking contact, you should always write a thank you letter. This is your opportunity to demonstrate to the employer, one more time, how your skills and qualifications are a good fit for the position. Use the thank you letter to reiterate topics discussed during the conversation and reinforce your skill set.
Additional letters you may find yourself writing include:
- Job Acceptance Letters
- Letters Declining a Job Offer
- Delay Letters
- Letters Asking for a Recommendation