Letter of Introduction Examples and Writing Tips

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A letter of introduction is used to connect two people. There are two types of letters of introduction. In the first type, you introduce a connection to someone else you know. That someone might be a potential candidate for employment, or someone looking for career assistance.

In the other type of letter of introduction, you write to someone you haven’t met. You introduce yourself and ask them to refer you to a job opportunity or request assistance with a job search.

A letter of introduction can be a useful way to network and gain job search advice (and even a possible job opportunity). Read below for tips and letter examples.

Letter of Introduction Writing Tips

The most important tip to remember when writing a letter of introduction is to keep it short and to the point. The person you are contacting is busy, and you want to get his or her attention right away.

Firstly, include a quick introduction that explains who you are – or, if you are connecting two people, concisely introduce the other person.

Then, briefly explain what you hope to accomplish by sending your letter. Does the other person hope to apply for a job opening? Are you hoping to set up an informational interview for yourself? Be as clear as possible.

Conclude with a description of how the recipient of the letter can either get in touch with you or the third party. Make it as easy as possible for the recipient to respond.

When writing your letter, make sure the tone matches your relationship. If you are very close friends, you can write in a slightly less formal style. However, if you are introducing yourself, make sure your letter is extremely professional.

Whether or not you are already acquaintances, be sure to thoroughly edit your letter before sending it.

In many cases, the letter can be sent via email, because that's the quickest and easiest way to connect.

Other Types of Letters

People often confuse a letter of introduction with other types of job search letters. A letter of introduction is not a cover letter. A cover letter is a document sent with your resume and other job application materials. It explains why you are qualified for the specific job for which you are applying.

A letter of introduction is also not a referral letter. A referral letter is a letter you write to someone after you have been put in contact with him or her (often through a letter of introduction). In a referral letter, you explain to the person who recommended you reach out. You then explain your request – perhaps you are looking to conduct an informational interview or to learn about job opportunities.

Letter of Introduction Example: Introducing Two People

Dear Bob, (this type of letter is typically sent to someone you know well)

I'm writing to introduce you to Janice Dolan.

I know Janice through the Brandon Theater Group, where, as you know, I am the technical director. Janice and I worked together on several local theater projects. She is a terrific stage manager with over ten years of experience.

Janice is interested in relocating to the San Francisco area in the near future and would appreciate any recommendations you could offer her for conducting a job search for a theater position and any help you can provide with the logistics of relocating to California.

I've attached her resume for your review and you can contact her at janicedolan@email.com or 555-555-5555. Thank you in advance for any assistance you can provide.

Your Name

Letter of Introduction Example: Introducing Yourself

Dear Mr. Randall,

My name is Katherine Sussman, and I am currently a recruitment associate for XYZ Recruiting. I have been working as a recruiter for the past three years.

I am interested in moving from recruitment work in a large corporation to internal recruitment for a nonprofit. I used to work in development for ABC Nonprofit and would love to bring my current skills to a similar nonprofit. I know you do this kind of work for Sunshine Nonprofit, and I would appreciate hearing a bit about your experience in this field. I would love to arrange a time to meet with you for an informational interview.

I have attached my resume for your review. If you have time for a brief conversation, please let me know. You can contact me via email (ksussman@email.com) or phone (555-555-5555). I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you so much.

Katherine Sussman

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