Former recruitment agency experts answer
employment questions, candidly suggesting how to
negotiate your salary, find a really good job,
handle phone interviews, and more.
Sage advice like this is
A cold cover letter is an
unsolicited letter to an employer indicating your
interest in working for them. Cold cover letters
can create a job that didn't previously exist or
get you considered for one of the many jobs that
are never advertised. Another advantage is that
since the employer isn't advertising your resume
will not be buried in a pile of hundreds of other
- Although a
company might not be advertising for open
positions, the employer receiving your
cold cover letter may be impressed by
your interest in them, your enthusiasm,
your knowledge of the company, and your
skill set. They may decide you would be a
asset to the company and don't want to
lose the opportunity to hire a person of
your caliber by waiting.
- Compile a list of
companies you would most want to work for
and send them a cold cover letter. You
letter may arrive just when they might
have a need for someone with your skills.
- Find out as much
as you can about the target company, by
researching their industry, goals, etc.
so you can identify areas where you can
help their operations.
Key parts of your letter:
- Salutation: Since
your letter is unsolicited, it's
important to address it to a particular
person so that it will not be trashed as
junk mail. Do some research to find out
the name of the manager of the department
most likely to be interested in hiring
- The Opening:
Since your letter is unsolicited it is
especially important to grab the readers
- The Body:
Summarize your key qualifications.
More cover letter help:
Cover Letters - We'll create the
perfect covering letter for you.