Letter of Interest (Template & Samples)

A Letter of Interest is a letter you write to introduce yourself to your target company, let them know you would like to work with them and inquire about potential job opportunities that match your skills and abilities. A Letter of Interest is sent to potential employers who currently have no listed job openings, unlike a cover letter. The purpose of the letter is to introduce yourself and to tell the recipient about your skills and abilities.

When writing a letter of interest, you should demonstrate how your abilities can benefit the company. If you are sending the letter, they know you want to work with them. Tell them why you should work with them.

  • Do the Research. The first step in writing a letter of interest is research – you only thought you left that behind when you graduated! Research the company thoroughly. Focus your research on the people who work at the company. You need to know what skills and qualities the company values in their employees so that you can point to those skills and qualities in yourself.
  • Also, be sure you understand the company’s mission statement. What is the company’s primary goal? You need to understand the company ethos. Consider the qualities in yourself that would help your target company meet its primary goal.
  • Think about the person to whom you will address your letter. It can be the hiring manager or the manager of the department you have an interest in working with. Write your letter to the individual, not the title. Never write a letter of interest with the opening “To Whom It May Concern” – it might end up in the dust bin. Write to the person you know will have the ability to influence a hiring decision.
  • Inventory Your Skills and Abilities. Ask yourself what skills and abilities you have that match the company’s needs. It helps to make a list of your qualities and skills. Then think about how you can demonstrate these. What experience do you have that demonstrates the skill or quality you want to display? Do this with each skill and personal quality on your list.

What to Include in Your Letter

Remember, the point of the letter is to pitch yourself to your target company. Here is what you should include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The skills you want to highlight
  • The personal qualities you want to highlight
  • Request for an informational interview
  • A show of gratitude
  • Attach a resume

Tip:  An informational interview allows you the opportunity to display your best qualities in person. If you haven’t heard from the company, call your contact or send a follow-up email. Stay proactive when pitching yourself. This ensures the contact keeps you in mind.

Letter of Interest Format

Here is a basic format for a letter of interest.

{your name}

{your address}

{your email address}

{your phone number}

{your website if you have one}

{date}

{recipient name}

{target company name}

{recipient address}

Dear {recipient}:

{Use this space to tell the recipient how you learned about the company and to inquire about a position in the department you wish to work in.}

{Use this space to talk about your skills and demonstrate how you have used those skills. Focus on skills the company values! Show how your personal qualities match the company ethos.}

{Use this space to inform your reader you have attached a resume. Request an informational interview.}

Sincerely,

{your signature}

{your name}

Sample Letter of Interest

Elizabeth Vanderlyn, M.A.

2004 South Admiral Place

Elysium, MD 87226

Email: vanderlyne@gentledharma.net

Phone: (876) 324-6598

Blog: gentledharma.net

June 30, 2032

Ms. April Dunst

Elysium University Press

4006 West 6th Street

Elysium, MD 87226

Dear Ms. Dunst:

I recently graduated with a degree in English from Elysium University. I have long valued the books and educational materials published by the Elysium University Press. I am writing to inquire whether you have any entry-level research or writing positions available.

I have employed my skills with the Elysium University’s student newspaper for the last four years, including two years as an editor. My research skills are impeccable, and I am frequently called upon to fact-check and perform in-depth research for long-term projects.

I am known for my attention to detail and strong editing skills. I strive for clear, concise, and informative work that interests the student body. I have maintained a personal blog for the past six years, in which I cover topics of emotional wellness and mindfulness.

My resume is enclosed. I have also included my recent article regarding the updated health and wellness policy at Elysium University. I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss how my skills can help Elysium University Press meet the mission of providing quality books and educational materials for attentive readers.

Thank you for your time and your careful consideration. I look forward to speaking with you in the near future.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Vanderlyn

Letter of Interest Examples & Templates

A letter of interest is essentially a sales pitch for yourself. We have provided a basic format that only needs to be completed with your best skills and qualities. Put your best foot forward. The sample letter above demonstrates how to use this letter to encourage an employer to meet you. Feel free to use the format and find ideas in the sample letter. Introduce yourself with style!

Letter of Interest for a Job

A letter of interest for a job is a letter used to introduce yourself to a company and express an interest in working with them. This letter can be for a posted job or a potential job. We have provided a basic format and a writing guide for a letter of interest for a job above. Everyone has different skills and qualities. Express yours in a way that makes the employer want to speak with you.
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Letter of Interest for Project

A letter of interest for a project is a letter expressing your interest in completing a project for a company or employer. This letter is similar to a letter of interest for a job, but the focus of this letter is to demonstrate why you can complete the project in the best possible way. It may contain elements of a quotation letter.
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Letter of Interest for Promotion

A letter of interest for a promotion is a letter demonstrating why you deserve a promotion. Express your skills and your recent accomplishments. Describe how you have helped your employer meet its primary goals. Also, describe your leadership qualities in detail. Doing so can help you get the promotion you desire.
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Expression of Interest Letter

An expression of interest letter is also called a letter of interest. The above format works to express your interest in a job at your target company. This is a sales pitch – you are pitching your qualities to a potential employer. Do your research and make your letter stand out!
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Letter of Interest for Teaching Position

A letter of interest for a teaching position is a letter expressing your interest for teaching position. Use this opportunity to discuss why your target institution should offer you a position. Describe your qualities as an educator as clearly as possible and show the results of your teaching methods.
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Key Points:

  • Do your research
  • Express your interest
  • Highlight your skills and qualities
  • Demonstrate how you can benefit the company
  • Ask for an informational interview
  • Follow up with a call or email