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Letters of Inquiry

A letter of inquiry is sometimes referred as a letter of intent, a query letter, a pre-proposal, or a concept paper. Regardless of the name, it is generally used to establish contact with an organization for the purpose of requesting information.

A letter of inquiry is a timesaver for both the reader (the employer) and writer (the job seeker) as it allows the employer to assess quickly whether or not there is a good match between the interests of the job seeker and the employer.

It is important to note that a letter of inquiry is not a vague exploration of an idea. You should not express your interest in working for an employer in a "meaningful" or "challenging" position. Rather, because you should already have researched the needs of the employer, you should be specific about your competencies, interests and values. The letter serves as an introduction and means to ask if they would consider you to fill a particular role.

-Steven Rothberg
President and Founder