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Searching for a job in today's competitive market can be stressful and at times seem overwhelming. Letting a recruiter know about your qualifications, skill sets, and experience through a proper letter of introduction can give you an advantage over other applicants seeking positions through his services. A letter of introduction gives the recruiter the opportunity to assess your skills at communication while providing a summary of your education and experience in a short, quick context while allowing you the opportunity to creatively express what a resume can only sum up in dry, formalized text.
Start with the basics: the date at the top, followed by two returns and then your name, address, phone number and email at the top of the page, the same as with any business letter. Double space and begin with the recruiter's company, a care of "c/o" his or her name, their mailing address, city, state and zip code.
Include your salutation. Use "Dear" followed by their salutation, Mr./Ms. and their last name. This is a business correspondence, and even if you have spoken on the phone and are speaking on a first-name still include the proper salutation -- it can never hurt to be respectful.
Remind the recruiter of any previous contact such as a phone conversation or a meeting in person, if it occurred. Be sure to include the date and the name of the event at which you met. State the position for which you are seeking employment. State where you are wishing to be employed and if you would be willing to move for positions that he may have out of state or country.
Start your second paragraph by talking about your education, then your work experience, and then your particular skill sets and any continuing education in which you have engaged. If you are seeking to have a position in another locale, then point out any traveling you have done for work and any language skills you may have developed along the way.
Conclude your letter by letting the recruiter know when you will be available for employ and thanking them for their time. If you desire to speak with the recruiter, ask for a telephone appointment. Offer to set up a time via email. State that you have included your resume and/or your CV, and include these with your letter of introduction.
Write the salutation at least two lines beneath your last line, return four times, add your name. Proof your letter at least twice, print and sign your name.
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Lawrence Koenig has been a technical writer since 1988. His expertise includes the U.S. military, hospitality and transportation industries. Koenig holds a Bachelor of Science in literature from Oral Roberts University and he is pursuing a Master of in Education.