GUIDELINES

  1. Networking is useful when you search for a job or other opportunities because you make a lot of friends and associations who can help you out. You have to provide enough information about your qualifications and needs to make this strategy work. So, they will know which job suits you whenever any opportunity comes up. This letter should serve this purpose.
  2. Keep in mind the person's association with you before addressing him/her.
  3. Mention your need for a job. Explain what kind of job you need by specifying the industry and position.
  4. Skip the first two steps if you don't know the person. Directly state your qualifications, area of expertise and experience.
  5. If you know the reader very well, and he/she asked for your resume, send the documents. Don't forget to refer to these enclosed documents. Don't send your documents to anyone you don't know very well.
  6. Mention any particular job requirements such as industry type, location, salary, health and other packages, etc.
  7. Request the reader's help. End with an expression of appreciation.

SAMPLE LETTER

[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-


Dear [Recipients Name],

Greetings! My name is Jackson Wright and just in case you don't remember, we met about three months ago during the event at Masters Industries in Vancouver. I remember you telling the group over dinner that you are heading the Research Center down at Biggen Laboratories in the city of Paxton. I was also employed to do laboratory research and have been doing it for over seven years now. I am, however, actively seeking new employment at the moment and would appreciate any information you can give me regarding openings in Braxton.

I have included a copy of my updated curriculum vitae so you can get a better idea of the experience I have had in the field of scientific research, as well as my educational background. If you have any further questions, please feel free to give me a call or send me an email. My contact details are listed below.

I want to thank you in advance for your time and efforts and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -

Sample letter asking help for a searching for work.

Further things to consider when writing cover letters to acquaintances

Cover Letters

Cover letters are letters written to explain the contents of other documents. In most cases, cover letters are sent together with resumes to provide additional information on the applicant's' skills and experience. They explain in detail why the applicants are qualified for the job they are applying for. A cover letter creates a critical first impression as it is often the earliest contact you will have with a potential employer. Employees use cover letters to screen applicants for available positions and to determine the ones that they would like to interview.

Cover letters are an essential part of every job application. You, therefore, need to make sure that your cover letter sells your abilities and skills to recruiters. Do not just repeat what is on your resume, rather, explain in details why you feel that you are the best match for the applied job. Do this clearly and concisely, and in such a way that the recipient would want to meet you. Mention the employment position that you are applying for, how you learnt about it and how you are qualified for it. Request the recipient to contact you at the end of the letter.

Letters to Acquaintances

Letters to acquaintances are letters you write to people that you know slightly, but who are not close friends. An acquaintance could be a colleague at work but whom you do not interact with on a regular basis, a person you went to school with but know little about him/her, or your Facebook contacts whom you interact with on a minor level. You could write a letter to this person to ask for a favor, invite him/her to a social event, or just pass some information. Although most people would opt for a social media message or text, a well-drafted letter will make the recipient see the seriousness of the matter and feel obliged to return the favor.

The best letters to acquaintances are warm, sweet, and friendly. Begin the letter with a proper salutation, based on your relationship with the recipient. State the purpose of the letter and be clear about what you want from the recipient. If you are asking him/her to do something for you, for instance, mention why you think he/she is the best person to get it done. Make the letter short and only provide the necessary details. Conclude on a positive note.

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