Writing an introductory letter, as common as it seems, can be very tricky. It happens to be one of the most intimidating things job hopefuls face in their careers that haven’t even started.
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Introductory Letter Quick Guidelines:
1.) Introductory Letter: Length
Introductory letters are all about simplicity and conciseness. An introduction letter should be a page at most no more than 350 to 400 words. You are likely to be writing someone with a lot of paperwork to go through in a single day, so a ridiculously long introductory letter would be torture to consume. You don’t want all your hard work thrown into a trash can, so keep it short. Focus on valued communication and communicate it concisely.
2.) Introductory Letter: Tone
Figuring out how you want to sound to the reader of your introductory letter is VERY IMPORTANT. Choice of words is everything when trying to figure out how you want yourself to be received by the end reader.
(Formal Tone): "Though I never worked in this department before I believe my area of expertise has me well suited for this position."
(Playful): "I’ve been doing this thang for years, if you want the realest at this position look no further."
It’s up to you on how you would like to be received but definitely keep in mind who you are writing to as an introduction, especially for something like a potential first time hire. Make the letter sound as authentic to you as possible without completely obsessing over unnecessary formalities like using a semicolon or a period.
3.) Introductory Letter: Format
Format your introductory letter properly. It needs to be oriented on the page accurately, featuring a distinct:
4.) Introductory Letter: Structure
First Address Field
An introductory letter is a formal letter and the heading should display as such, you'd start your heading here in the top left corner of the paper like this:
256 Way St.
Dreamville CO, 06725
March 4, 2017
This consists of your address and the date. You may put your telephone number and email here but typically you can also add it to the end of your letter among your signature.
Inside Address (Second Address Field)
The address of the reader is what goes in the second address column immediately under yours, as much information about who you are writing can go within these fields for instance:
Mr. Crockpocket (name)
Chief of Pocket Operations (title)
Crockpockets United LLP.
987 Pear Lane
Somerville, OR 98734
Allow one line of margin after the inside address and then type your greeting. Your choice of greeting should match the tone of the letter. The most common salutation is:
If you don't know the person you are writing to's name you can simply start your letter with a:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Closing and Signature
After you concluded your letter skip one line after the last sentence and choose how you want to approach your closing remarks. Typically you can end it on: "Yours Truly," or simply "Sincerely," Make sure only the first word of the closing is capitalized followed by a comma. Leave another line of space after the closing and type (or print) your signature. Between the two lines grab a pen and make sure to leave your hand printed signature, example:
5.) Introductory Letter: Introduction
Start Your Letter By: Stating What's Important First
GET TO THE POINT QUICKLY!!!. As early as you possibly can in your intro letter, you need to get your reason for writing as soon as possible.
Questions to Ask Yourself To help you get to the point:
What’s your desired goal ?
Why are they reading this ?
What do you want them to do next ?
It’s important for you to write the answer to these questions because you don’t want the person on the other side reading your letter asking these questions. Lack of clarity will be the death of you're introduction.
SO ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS FIRST!!!
Example of Getting to the point:
"My reason for writing today is to inquire about openings for a new web developer position in your technicians department."
"I am writing to hopefully form a new partnership with both our product lines involved."
Clear cut and concise is what you're looking to achieve.
*These types of statements are said as early as possible in your introductory letter.*
6.) Introductory Letter: Body Paragraphs
In your body paragraphs this is where you'll be expressing the core message of what you are trying to share with the reader. After clarifying your purpose to writing your introduction letter based off of following the tips above.
Writing your body paragraphs in your letter should be a breeze after getting clarity on your objective. In retrospect you are trying to relay supporting points to your initial statement.
QUICK EXAMPLE: For instances if your were looking to acquire a position at a new potential job you'd want to write a message that immediately tries to establish a connection that can be regarded as personal and explain how you came by such position, the avenue or the company which you are writing to. Do well to highlight your connection to the organization. Once he or she reads the letter of introduction, the employer or hiring coordinator should be crystal clear on your personality, the reason you are seeking the job and whether or not you are the perfect person for the job.
Should this connection be as formidable as expected, you will get an interview and stand a chance to get the job. If you are connected with a worker in the company or someone who has been previously given a grant from your institution for their work, it would be great to make a note of that in the letter body or introduction. This can help you joggle someone’s memory or make the very first impression. More details on how to approach a job in the examples below.
7.) Introductory Letter: Closing
For your closing remarks in your introductory letter, again be sure to reiterate your initial statement in a supportive way. If you are trying to close a meeting you could close your letter by indicating your confidence that the meeting would be a positive experience for both individuals, by reaffirming your hope that they can meet, by restating your esteem for the individual, etc.
Or if your are just sparking a new relationship and you want them to feel confident in their assessment of your integrity close your letter by thanking the person, ending on a positive note.
Look Over Your Letter
After all is finalized, go through your final edit of the letter and make sure that every important information is not just accurate, but well-carried. All the contact information should be at the top-right hand corner of the letter’s header, where you would provide your email address, phone number, contact address, as well as other basic information covered above.
Look at what you have written, revise/edit it. After drafting, go over it again and brush up your sentences. Good writers know that a wonderful piece isn’t made until it is revised. You’ve got the hard part done by writing it, and you still have enough time to do the easier job of clean it up to perfection. Correct your typos and grammatical errors. Give the letter another unique look, making sure nouns and verbs aren’t clashing. If you hand wrote your letter and want to convert it to typed feel free to execute on that. Once the piece satisfies you, you can look out for any “late concerns” and last-minute iterations, after which you will print and send your letter.
Add a Postscript: P.S. (Optional)
If you feel it fits your letter add a p.s. otherwise known as a postscript. Adding a postscript that has some powerfully relevant information never hurts while concluding on you're introductory letter. Main keyword here: POWERFULLY RELEVANT information in your p.s. can re-grab the attention of the reader after your closing remarks. Always try and fit you're postscript with the right the mood you've relayed for your letter. Depending upon why you're writing your letter a postscript if done right can easily set yourself apart from contenders.
Introductory Letter: 5 EXAMPLES
1.) Trying to get a Job ?
- In the instance you're trying to get a job, your body paragraphs is where you'll share your qualifications, competencies, abilities and resolves and they should be well-connected. Using a few sentences, explain the ways in which your experience with other aspects around the position connects to your ability to ace the job, regardless whether it’s a new position, transfer, promotion or fresh job opportunity.
- Also outline the experiences you have within the given field or industry in your introduction letter. If your letter is as targeted as said, it will focus on some type of professional field of industry. Include specific skills and insights you've developed to make the letter powerfully effective.
- Again wanting a job doesn’t measure with qualifying for it. Clearly outline in the introduction that you are interested in the opportunity, because you would be a good fit for it because of your competencies. There is no need to be repetitive, as that wouldn’t be very effective in increasing your odds.
Laser Focus Wins Everytime
- Be specific. Make time to meet in person or inform somehow in the letter that you would like a response. Indicate if you wish to further discuss your qualifications during the interview or if you want the job outright.
Do a little research
Get a grasps of the hiring process so your letter is backed with valuable insight, with the process in mind then ask for the next step.
Write to be Different
Try to leave out your resume information. Don’t list out your degrees, awards and name-droppings in your letter – that’s not the best idea. Repeated information can be quickly glanced at, and it would be a waste of time, effort and paper space. You are not trying to write information that can be gleaned over that quick and easy that is assessed somewhere else (like your resume). You are writing to sell yourself and get that foot in the door so no fluff or repetition!!!
Clarity of Focus