Job Search Letters
Job search letters are used to communicate specific information to an employer. There
are several types of job search letters.
The cover letter is a standard business letter that accompanies a résumé. There are
two basic types of cover letters:
- A letter of inquiry is used to contact an employer where no known
opening exists. It communicates an interest in the organization and requests an
opportunity for an interview for an appropriate position. The letter of inquiry is
valuable for developing contacts in organizations you have targeted as being of interest
- A letter of application expresses your interest in a specific position
known to be open in an organization. It includes pertinent details about your
qualifications for the position and requests an opportunity to interview for the position.
These letters are standard business letters that may or may not be accompanied by a
- A networking letter is used to develop a contact in a field or
organization that suits your career interests. It may be used to request an information
interview, sources of job leads, or other contacts, or to help with preparing your job
- An interview follow-up (thank you) letter is used to thank the employer
for the time spent with you and to reiterates your interest in and enthusiasm for the
- A letter of apology is used to express your regret for a missed
interview. It conveys your continued interest in the position and organization, and your
desire to meet to explain the circumstances and discuss your qualifications. (Please not
that interviews should not be missed. This would occur only in the most unavoidable,
- An acceptance letter is an ethical contract between you and the
employer after being offered a job. It restates the terms of employment, indicating
position title, starting date, etc., and expresses appreciation for the job offer.
- A rejection letter is used when declining a job offer. It expresses
appreciation for the employer's time and the offer, is positive, and uses tact. It may
indicate what position you did accept.
- A withdrawal letter serves as notification to an employer that you no
longer wish to be considered for a position with that organization. It may indicate new
plans. It is considerate and positive in tone.
- An offer acknowledgement letter is used to acknowledge a job offer,
thanking the employer and letting him/her know you understand the terms offered. It could
be used to clarify your phone conversation. It gives a date by which you will make a
- Keep length to one page; type or word process your letter.
- Address the letter to a specific individual using Mr., Ms., Dr., and title, or
"Dear Employer," if name is unavailable.
- Target a specific job or organization; avoid an all-purpose letter.
- Keep the letter free of errors; accurate spelling, punctuation, and grammar make a
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