Sample Letter of Interest / Prospecting Letter

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A letter of interest, also known as a prospecting letter or inquiry letter, is sent to prospective employers that may be hiring, but haven't listed a specific job opening to apply for. On occasion, inquiring letters are written in response to a job listing to discuss additional opportunities, but the vast majority are sent to investigate potential employment unadvertised by a company.

These letters indicate your interest in the company as a prospective employer, and serve as a formal request to consider you for any potential opportunities that may be a good fit based on your education background, skill set, and prior experience.

Letters of Interest vs. Cover Letters

A letter of interest should not be confused with a cover letter. A cover letter is sent in addition to a resume when applying for a particular job posting. Conversely, a letter of interest can be sent at any time, whether or not the company is in the market for new hires. Prospecting letters are introductory in nature and should highlight your marketable qualifications and skills that would be easily transferable between a number of positions. 

How to Get Your Letter Noticed

Letters of interest are becoming more common, so it is imperative that you make our letter stand out among the applicant pool. Your letter should contain information on why the company interests you and why your skills and experience would be an asset to the organization. Also provide information on how you will follow-up and how the employer can contact you.

Unlike an opening-specific cover letter, you are not listing the relevant qualities you possess to match the specific opening, but rather to indicate that you would be a good fit anywhere within the organization.

Researching the company’s employees and type of work will help you get a better sense of life and culture at the company and why it might be right for you. Be sure to keep the letter concise; do no write more than a single page. 

Review these tips for writing a letter of interest and a sample letter you can use for inspiration for your own letters to employers.

Sample Letter of Interest / Prospecting Letter

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


Job Title
City, State Zip

Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,

I read about Company X's retail management training program in College Graduate Magazine and I would like to inquire about the possibility of openings. I am interested in a career in retail management and am planning to relocate to the New York City area in the near future. I would be interested in learning more about the company and about available opportunities.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Business, as well as retail experience as a Sales Associate and Key Holder. In addition, I completed two internships focusing on retail management.

My resume, which is enclosed, contains additional information on my experience and skills. I would appreciate the opportunity to discuss the training program with you and to provide further information on my candidacy. I can be reached anytime via my cell phone, 555-555-5555.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this exciting opportunity.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Your Typed Name

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