Use this sample cover letter if:
- You're looking for work at a particular company or business
- There are no advertised vacancies at that business
For sample cover letters designed for other situations, check out our Sample Cover Letters page.
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This sample cover letter has been designed to help you target a business or company directly in order to ask if they have any jobs available. This approach is often called "cold calling".
The benefit of cold calling is that it lets you tap into the hidden job market of unadvertised jobs. Some reports indicate that there are more unavertised jobs out there than advertised jobs.
Cold calling shows that you're independent and enthusiastic. If there's no work currently available, potential employers may keep your application on file and contact you when work becomes available.
Even if they don't call you, it's worth following up in a month or so to see if the situation has changed.
Key points of a cold calling cover letter are that it:
- Introduces you
- Explains why you're writing to the business
- Shows you've taken the time to research the business
- Links this research to your own experience, values, interests or goals
- Finishes by inviting the business to contact you and indicating that you will follow up your letter with direct contact (if you say you're going to contact them, make sure you do)
If you haven't had any formal, paid work experience, things you can mention instead include:
- School work experience or volunteer work that demonstrates your strengths and attributes
- General skills that help you work in a team and as part of an organisation
- Any sporting or community club participation (if relevant)
- Hobbies or interests that are relevant to the job or demonstrate your professional experience
- Personal attributes that will help you learn to work in a professional work environment
In addition, a good cover letter should always include:
- Your name, email address and phone number at the top of the page on the right
- The name of the business and the contact person's full name on the left
- A reference line (e.g., "Re: General application for positions within your organisation")
- An address to the reader directly (e.g., "Dear Mr. Moyle" - avoid using "To whom it may concern" if you can)
For more about resumes and cover letters, check out these pages:
For more about cold calling and the hidden job market, check out our Cold Calling - What Is It? page.
Mobile: XXX XXXX XXXX
Mr Allan Moyle
John Smith and Associates
Phone: XX XXXX XXXX
RE: General application for available positions within your organisation
Dear Mr. Moyle,
As a recent Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking) graduate, I would like to enquire about positions available within your organisation and provide you with my details for your records.
I have had a strong interest in IT since a young age. I have always enjoyed the challenge of being able to identify faults and work to resolve them. Encouraged by this passion I have recently graduated as a Bachelor of Information Technology with a major in Networking.
While studying I worked as a provider of casual support for IT-related issues on a referral basis. I also worked part-time at Drew Smith Electronics. A technically competent individual, I have a passion for all things technological and a desire to establish a career as an IT professional.
I have been recognised for my high level of motivation and my strong communication skills. I am able to adapt my communication style to reflect the needs of any audience. I have a high level of problem-solving skills and a willingness to focus on my ongoing professional development.
I understand that, as a graduate, I have a lot to learn about working within an organisation. I would like to start in an entry-level position that would allow me to be mentored and guided in my professional development.
I am interested in your organisation's reputation as a leader in the provision of data centre management services. My research into your organisation has shown me that you work closely with a range of clients to manage their data centre needs through outsourced service agreements.
I believe that the opportunity to work in different environments and with different technologies will allow me to develop skills that your organisation can use to meet the changing needs and demands of your clients.
Your reputation for quality support and for being an employer of choice shows that you have an understanding of the needs of your clients as well as your employees. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you in order to introduce myself and discuss any suitable positions that may be available.
I enclose my resume for your consideration. I will follow up this enquiry in the coming weeks, but I would be be grateful if you were to contact me in the meantime should you know of a position that you think is suitable. I can be contacted at all times on the details provided above.
Thanking you in advance for your time,