How to write a letter of interest
Like a resume and a cover letter, a letter of interest should be tailored to the company you’re sending it to. There are, however, a few key sections that must always be included in any professional business letter:
- Your contact information
- The date you’re sending the letter
- Employer’s name and contact information
- Body paragraphs
- Closing statement
Here’s how to put them together to write a compelling letter of interest:
Dear Mr. Howard:
While finding inspiration for a personal project, I came across Lime Agency’s campaign advocating for the environment. The brilliant use of photography and illustration caught my attention, as these are media that I’ve specialized in for over five years as a graphic designer. After looking through your other work and unique advertising approach, I felt compelled to reach out to you and inquire about opportunities to contribute to your company using my skills.
The world of advertising is changing and how we engage with our target audience matters now more than ever. As a professional well-versed in the latest trends, I’ve used my skills to create award-winning campaigns for various clients such as Lo Energy Drinks, You Cosmetics and Sun Children’s Hospital in both traditional and social media. At my current employer, I’m adept at working under extremely tight deadlines and delivering assigned artwork with turnaround times of less than 3 hours.
I can offer Lime Agency creative and original ideas that can positively impact its audience while making a strong graphic statement.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I’m looking forward to speaking with you about any future opportunities where I can put my skills to use for the benefit of your company. Attached you will find my resume and portfolio for your review.
1. Address the letter to the right person
Before you start typing away, do your homework and research the company as thoroughly as possible to find the name of the person you want to address — this could be the head of the department you want to work in or the HR director.
Spending some time reading about the company will also help you determine what tone you should use when writing and make your approach seem genuine. The more you personalize it, the better.
For example, if you’re interested in joining an accounting firm that’s very traditional and results-driven, you might want to stick to a formal and more straightforward approach that highlights how good you are with numbers. But if the company you want to work for is in a creative field or you see on their website that they have a more casual work culture, you can be friendly and good-humored in your tone. Base the content of your letter on your research.
2. Write a strong introduction
Instead of starting your letter by introducing yourself, begin with a strong hook, such as how you came upon the company and what led to you reaching out to them. For example:
3. Describe your skills and experience
Use the body paragraphs for diving further into your skills, work experience and qualifications. Explain what you can offer to the company. For example:
4. Express excitement in your closing
The closing statement is your last chance to clarify that you look forward to possibly meeting with the employer in person (or through a video chat) to discuss further how your experiences and skills could benefit the company. Remember to also thank them for their time. For example:
Letter of interest samples
Now that you know the basics, it’s time to write your letter of interest and get the employer’s attention. Use these examples as a foundation to write yours on our Cover Letter Builder. Our builder makes it easy for you by pre-formatting your letter (so no need to worry about margins or fonts), providing text options, and allowing you to spell-check your document before downloading.