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Inquiry letters

Inquiry letter sample

An inquiry letter is similar to a cover letter. The big difference is you send it uninvited (or as a cold contact) to an employer.

Use an inquiry letter to ask about working for an employer who has not advertised a job opening. In the letter, match your qualifications to their needs and show your interest in, and knowledge of the employer.

To find out the needs of an employer, use employment advertisements, position descriptions, phone conversations, and informational interviews. This format can be effective to show how well you fit:

Your Needs
My Qualifications

Detail-oriented, experienced Administrative Assistant

Four years Administrative Assistant experience with responsibility for numerous detailed reports

Assist Customer Relations Manager

Assisted Customer Relations Manager for two years

Corporate experience with major clients a must

Regularly served purchasing agents at Fortune 500 companies

PC knowledge a plus

Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel

View a sample inquiry letter for layout and format suggestions.

Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.