If you landed on this post you’re probably wondering about the difference between a cover letter and introduction letter. One basically introduces you to a company and the other highlights your suitability for a job. Let’s go through the structure and content of each one.
What is an introduction letter?
So, you’ve seen a company whose work and principles align with your interests and educational background or work experience. You really want to work for this company, but you can’t find any roles they posted online or elsewhere. At this point you want to introduce yourself, by sending an introduction letter.
The importance of an introduction letter
Introduction letters are important because they give you an extra advantage. Imagine the company you are contacting have a role coming up and were about to hire a recruitment company to find a suitable candidate. What if the perfect candidate is you? You would save them costs and time.
Even if they don’t have a position for you now, when one comes up they would prefer to hire someone already on their database – who took enough interest in their company to get in touch directly.
How to write an introduction letter
Begin with a polite greeting to the hiring manager, then introduce yourself by name and/or by professional title. Then state the reason for getting in touch. Mention your interest in working with them and state the role you are interested in. Why are you perfect for this role? Highlight your previous work experience and/or education.
Why is the company perfect for you? Do your research and give them the reasons. Then let them know you are attaching your CV, in case they have a role and would like to see more information about you.
What is a cover letter?
A cover letter is slightly different to an introduction letter. When you write a cover letter it is in response to a job posting, so you tailor your letter to the role. In this case, you highlight your suitability for the job.
The importance of a cover letter
A cover letter allows you to match your skills to the job description and requirements. Here, you explain your experience and its relevance to the job.
By providing a cover letter that addresses key requirements of the role, you show your enthusiasm and genuine interest in the job. It also showcases your writing skills, so make sure you proofread your letter before sending it. If you’re not great at proofreading, get someone else to check it for you.
How to write a cover letter
Start with a polite introduction that gives the reader the reason for your contact. State your interest in the job and then highlight your suitably for it.
Answer specific questions asked in the job description, after having carefully read it, and let the hiring manager know how your skills will help you to succeed in fulfilling the requirements of the role. Mention relevant previous experience and the knowledge and key skills which will enable you to excel in the role.
It’s important to conclude by thanking the hiring manager for taking the time to read your letter and say you look forward to hearing from them.
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