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What is a Letter of Intent

A letter of intent is almost usually confused with a cover letter. A cover letter, accompanied by a resume, is used when applying for a job opening. While, a letter of intent serves as a way of expressing interest to work for a business, even though there is no open position advertised. Both letters of intent and cover letter can be utilized by job-seekers in introducing themselves to possible employers. In writing a letter of intent, also known as a letter of interest, is simply put as selling yourself to the company you would want to work for. The letter of intent though is not only utilized when applying for a job, it can even be used to enroll in graduate school or business transactions.

How to Write a Letter of Intent

how to write a letter of intent

Regardless of it being a letter of intent for a job offer, letter of intent to purchase, letter of intent for promotion, letter of intent for a teacher, or a business letter of intent, they follow the same basic letter parts. Just follow these simple steps in writing your letter of intent.

1. Determine the Inside Address

On the right top side of the letter, the full name, position, and address of Human Resources or the employer of the company you took interest in. Do some research or call the company to acquire this information. If you cannot find the information online, just call the institution and ask for the details. Make it complete as possible since the inside address will be useful in routing the letter to the right receiver. The inside address in your letter can also help should the envelope is damaged or unreadable due to some complications in the delivery process.

2. Include Greetings

The greetings, also called the salutation, can be formal or informal but since the letter of intent is a formal letter, choose a formal salutation to fit it. The most common salutation used in almost every sample letter is "Dear" followed by the receiver's last name. The greetings would always end with a colon.

3. Introduce Yourself at the Beginning.

If you are writing a letter of intent intended to get a job, then your first paragraph should be about yourself. Name the field of profession or the organization you are interested in applying for. Cite the university where you graduated or any important facts you think should be included or needed your employer to acknowledge. Personalize the letter to tend to the recipient of the letter. Mention something you have done that proves a certain skill that is applicable to the company or job.

4. Get into Specifics

This is the part of your letter where you can sell yourself and show knowledge of the business or organization. Specify why you are writing this letter, how you first discovered the job description and position, and why are you interested in it and the company. Describe why you took an interest in the job and how it would suit the situation well with your strengths and interests. You can also state your credentials and qualifications in a specific manner and use technical or general skills that are relevant to the field.

5. Conclude with a Request to Action

According to Robert Meier, from Job Market Experts, 98% of the job seekers are eliminated during the resume screening and only 2% actually make it to the interview. Express how much you want the job and how it fits you, but do not overdo it. Make sure to write your name, contact information, or address so that you can be easily contacted by your employer.

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