Letter Announcing Job Search Example

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Your job search should not occur in a vacuum: Your personal network of friends, family members, and neighbors, as well as all the colleagues you've had throughout your career, are a tremendous asset when it comes to finding a job.

So don't be shy about letting people know. Instead of keeping your job search a private affair, inform your network that you're on the hunt for a new (or first) position.

That way, people will be able to recommend and refer you when opportunities arise.

One simple way to let everyone know that you're looking for a new job is to send a letter. In the note, you can discuss your background as well as sharing specifics about the kind of job you're seeking. Since your network may be far-flung, be sure to include geographical details about where you're willing to work. You can say, "I'm looking for a job in Denver, Colorado" or "I'm open to working anywhere in New England."

Your note should be friendly, of course, and also a quick, brief read. Don't drown recipients in tiny details of your previous jobs, or list out every single accomplishment of your career. Give the highlights. After all, your network most likely already has some familiarity with your background, so you only need to provide a refresher. Your resume, which you should attach, will provide the full, detailed picture.


See below for an example of a general letter announcing a job search to family, friends, and colleagues, and requesting assistance with job leads and contacts.

Letter Sample Announcing Job Search

Subject: Career Transition Assistance

Dear family, friends and colleagues,

I hope you are all doing well!

As many of you know, I have been working at XYZ Pharmaceuticals as a Research Associate for the past three years.

I am currently looking for a new opportunity in clinical research, and am reaching out to you to ask for help finding a job opportunity in the Boston area.

I am looking for a mid-level clinical research position, preferably at a hospital or a pharmaceutical company. While my previous research experience has been in neurology, my Biomedical Engineering degree has given me experience in a variety of fields.

If you know of any employers that might be hiring clinical researchers, or know of any particular job opportunities, I would appreciate it if you could let me know. I have attached my resume for your reference; feel free to pass it along to any contacts you have that might know of a possible job opportunity.

Thank you so much for your help! I am so grateful to have such amazing friends and family.

I look forward to catching up with all of you soon.


Firstname Lastname

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