Sample Inquiry Letter to Ask About Available Jobs

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Do you know of a company you would love to work for? Even if the organization isn't hiring, you may be able to capture their attention with a well-written inquiry letter.

What to Include in the Letter

The most important thing to know about an inquiry letter is that it needs to be a sales pitch. You need to sell your expertise to the reader and get them thinking about the possibility of hiring you. Your letter should be written in a professional business letter format.

Introduce yourself and your interest in the company in the first paragraph. The second paragraph should include a brief synopsis of your experience and qualifications. Use the third paragraph to ask for a meeting to discuss a possible career with the company.

Also include a copy of your resume to provide more details on credentials.

Options for Addressing the Letter

Who should you address the letter to? There are a few different options. If you know someone at the organization you can write directly to them. If not, who you contact depends on the size of the company. For smaller employers, address your letter to the CEO or the President. The person running the company will likely be involved in hiring decisions.

For a large company, try to locate someone on the management team responsible for the department in which you're interested in working. This is one time when bypassing human resources or a hiring manager can make sense because you aren't applying for a job that has been posted.

Mail vs. Email

Even though most hiring takes place online, when you're inquiring about unadvertised openings or even the possibility of a job being created just for you, an inquiry letter sent by mail has a better chance of getting read than an email message. 

The following letter inquires about available jobs at an employer.

Inquiry Letter Asking About Possible Job Openings at a Company

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email Address


Contact Name
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Contact,

For the past ten years I have followed your career through news events, interviews and web research. Your dedication to the news media and your understanding of the important role journalists play in today's fast-paced information highway, coupled with your belief in the power of the press is exemplary.

I have had the privilege of honing my journalistic abilities on three widely different publications. When I left college, I immediately went to work for the typical small town newspaper and learned all aspects of getting the paper to the people in a timely manner. I then moved to regional manager for a media corporation composed of small to mid-size newspapers in the Midwest. In my current position, I am Chief Correspondent for one of the largest newspapers in the southwest.

I would like an opportunity to visit with you to get your insight and suggestions on where my skills and abilities would be of the greatest value to the ABD Company, and to inquire about possible job openings with the company.

I will call your office to set a convenient time. I do look forward to meeting you.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Name

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