Career and Job Search Guide

Inquiry Letters

An inquiry letter is similar to a cover letter but inquiry letters are sent unsolicited to potential employers. Send inquiry letters to companies who have not advertised job openings. In your letter, demonstrate to the potential employer why you are a qualified applicant.

Informational interviews, phone conversations, job descriptions and advertisements provide information about what employers are seeking in candidates.

Potential Employer's Needs
  • Detail-oriented, experienced Administrative Assistant
  • Assist Customer Relations Manager
  • Corporate experience with major clients a must
  • PC knowledge a plus
Your Qualifications
  • Four years Administrative Assistant experience with responsibility for numerous detailed reports
  • Assisted Customer Relations Manager for two years
  • Regularly served purchasing agents at Fortune 500 companies
  • Hands-on experience with Lotus 1-2-3 and WordPerfect on IBM-PC
In addition, an inquiry letter should include:
  • A specific contact name at the company
  • A personal introduction and explanation for the letter
  • A cordial request for a follow-up meeting or phone call
  • A thank you to the reader for his or her time
  • Your signature blue ink proves the letter is original
  • An attached resume