A letter of intent serves the same purpose as a cover letter in that it indicates your interest in applying for a specific job while highlighting your experience and qualifications. The letter of intent is like a sales pitch in that you are selling yourself and your abilities to the recipient in a manner that conveys how much of an asset you will be as an employee.
Start a new word document and create a header that includes your name and contact information, including address, phone number and e-mail address. Include the company or organisation name and contact information double spaced beneath your information, then type a salutation to the recipient. Be sure to use the recipient's name, such as "Dear Mr. Peters" rather than "To Whom It May Concern."
Write two to three sentences and state clearly but politely who you are, what specific job you are applying for and why you believe you are the ideal candidate for this job. It's best to focus more on how you can help the company rather than how the job will better your career.
Write one to two paragraphs highlighting the most impressive parts of your resume or CV. The recipient will have access to all of your information on those documents, so choose just a few items and elaborate with a sentence or two on some part of the item that directly relates to the job for which you are applying. For example, for a science teacher position, indicate your master's degree in education, but elaborate on your thesis which focuses on constructivism in the science classroom and the research you conducted. For a manager position, mention your current job as an assistant manager but focus on the project you critiqued or the new content management system you designed and implemented. The cover letter should provide the recipient with more details about what they see in your resume.
Write a closing that indicates your intent in pursuing this opportunity and how you prefer to be reached. Thank the recipient for considering your letter and application, then type a formal closing such as "sincerely", followed by your name. If you are sending a hard copy of your letter of intent, also sign your name.
Save your letter of intent as a PDF or word document if you are sending it as an e-mail attachment to be sure it can be opened on any computer.
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- Save your letter of intent as a PDF or word document if you are sending it as an e-mail attachment to be sure it can be opened on any computer.