This basic cold-contact follow-up letter template is just one of several you can find in our Free Sample Job Interview and Career Thank-You Letters section of Quintessential Careers.
Cold-contacting employers to explore unadvertised positions or propose that the employer create a position that doesn't currently exist is an underused and highly effective technique. (See our article Cold Calling: A Time-Tested Method of Job-Hunting.)
Once you've initiated this cold-contact technique, you may want to follow up with a letter like the one below, which serves as a template with a suggested structure.
specific name of recipient
name of company or organization
Dear [specific named individual]:
I am writing to follow up on my letter of [date] proposing the creation of a [name of position] position within your [company or organization]. I also wish to take this opportunity to reiterate my enthusiasm for bringing my [type of talents] talents to [name of company or organization], along with my strong interest in [carrying out functions specific to your talents] to enhance your organization's success.
Having gained solid experience in [description of your field], I've determined that I can make a significant impact on an organization like yours. I'd like to make that impact in a [name of position] capacity, specifically contributing the following to your bottom line:
- A finely honed strategic sense that makes me a value-added and innovative solution-provider, combined with the ability to manage resources and improve processes;
- A solid [description of experience] background and the experience to plan, schedule, monitor, and document projects from inception to completion, along with an extensive understanding of the best practices that drive today's businesses;
- The adaptability and solution-driven mindset that enables me to delve into complex projects, react to changing priorities, and deliver on project initiatives.
- The management savvy to envision the big picture while guiding projects, along with the organizational skills to handle the smaller details.
I would very much like to share my ideas with you on how your [company or organization] could benefit from a [name of position] like me. I will contact you soon to arrange for a discussion. Feel free also to reach me using the contact information listed above.