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How to Write a Letter of Intent for Job Applications

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Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.
How to Write a Letter of Intent for Job Applications
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Getting noticed by a recruiter is all about making sure your resume stands out among the stacks of resumes from other applicants. A letter of intent should always be added to the cover page of your resume so the recruiter is led to look at your resume and delve deeper into your experience. A good letter of intent lets a recruiter know what you intend to do for the company and what qualifies you to get the job. A letter of intent personalizes your resume so a potential employer wants to know more about you.

Step 1

Research the company online, so you know how to properly tailor your letter of intent, suggests CV Tips. Read about the number of employees the company has and what they do. Try and get a general feel for the atmosphere of the company. While all letters of intent should be professional, if you happen to read online that the president of the company is a Yale graduate and you're alumni yourself, highlight that information in your letter.

Step 2

Personalize the letter for each company that you apply to. Never print out prefabricated letters of intent for various job applications. Each letter should use the company's full address at the top and the name of the person you are sending it to. If you don't have the information, call the office and ask who is in charge of hiring for the particular position so you can ensure that the resume gets to the right person.

Step 3

Begin with what you believe you can do for the company. Too often, prospective employees focus on what the company can do for them as far as experience and networking are concerned, notes Quint Careers. Instead, focus on areas in the company that you believe you can improve and why you'd be a valuable asset to the team.

Step 4

Summarize your education and experience in a brief note in the letter of intent, suggests the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. While your resume will give the particulars, if you're applying for a job in accounting, you could write in your letter, "Once I received my degree in Accounting from Brown University, I received valuable experience at Smith, Brown and White, a business accounting firm in New York, NY." This gives the recruiter a brief idea of what qualifies you for the position without looking at your resume.

Step 5

Add to the bottom of your letter your contact information and when you will be available. Make sure the recruiter has your phone numbers and a professional email address. Then, sign the letter by hand and attach it to your resume.

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