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How to Write a Letter Requesting a Future Job Opening

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Most of the time when job-seeking, you are submitting a cover letter for a specific advertised position within a company. However, other times, there may be a company that you are interested in working for, but there is no exact position available. In this case, you can write a letter requesting information about future job openings. This letter can be effective in getting invited to apply for open positions that are not being advertised to the public.

Type your contact information at the top of the letter. Include your address, phone number and email address.

Add the date one line below your contact information.

Type out the name, title and business address for the person you are writing to. A letter requesting a future job opening should always be written to a specific person, such as the hiring manager or director of the Human Resources department. If you’re not sure who to address it to, call the company.

Address the letter with a friendly salutation and the person’s formal title, such as “Dear Ms. Smith.”

Explain a little bit about yourself in the first sentence. For example, you might include your education level or when you will graduate and the most impressive of your professional positions.

Explain to the recipient if you received his or her name from a specific person or if you heard of the company through a friend. You might also have just researched the company and thought you would be a good fit. It’s okay to say that, too.

Talk about your career goals and why you think you would be a good fit for the company. Also, state the type of position or department that you’re most interested in.

Request more information at the end of the letter. Explain that if there are any openings or when openings occur in the future, you would appreciate more information and the opportunity to apply. State that you have enclosed your resume for review.

End the letter. Use a professional closing, like “Regards” or “Thank You,” and type your name a few spaces below. Skip one space and type “Encl.” to indicate your resume. Provide your signature between the closing and your typed-out name once the letter is in hard copy.


J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.

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