Aug 21, 2018 - 05:41 PM
First, address the letter to a real person. Do some research to find the name of the human resource director or the manager of the department you want to join. Sending your letter to a real person increases your chances of getting your resume read. If you know someone who works there already, see if they would hand your letter off for you or at least allow you to use their name in the letter.
Second, get straight to the point. Because you may not know what job you want, explain why you would make a great employee. Briefly go over the skills and experiences you have that you can use to improve the company. If you want a job that doesn't exist, be sure to describe the kind of position you would thrive in.
Finally, make your intentions known. Do you want an interview? Do you want to get your name on their radar for future openings? Let the reader know exactly what you expect, and don’t forget to follow up.
Oct 30, 2018 - 12:19 PM
Writing a cover letter for a position that doesn’t exist or hasn’t been advertised can be tricky. First, contact the company via their general email address, which is usually found in the Contact or About Us section of their official website. In the email,
1. Share your career and educational background
2. Explain why you are interested in the company
3. Inquire about contact info for a hiring manager
Once you have the email address for the hiring manager of the department you’d be interested in joining, write the cover letter in a way that’s similar to how you’d write one for a specific job opening. But instead of tying your skills and qualifications to a specific job opening, tie them to the company’s goals and mission. Let the hiring manager know that you’re interested in joining the company. Network with the hiring manager!
For many people this approach can feel both scary and silly. Why would you contact a company about a job that did not exist? The reality is, very often, hiring managers are looking for someone for a role before it’s ever posted. If you reach out to network and share your enthusiasm for the company, they will be aware of you when it comes time to post a job ad and hire someone.
Don’t expect the response to come fast. When you submit your resume for an existing job opening, the consideration process can take a few weeks, or even months. When you write a cover letter for a position that doesn't exist or hasn't been advertised, and you submit the letter to a hiring manager, the process can take even longer. The hiring manager will likely only respond if he/she knows of an upcoming opening that ties to your skills and qualifications. The hiring manager also might refer you to a recruiter, as initial contact for a job opening typically begins with a recruiter.