Do not let the term “letter of interest” confuse you when you are asked to provide one by an employer. It is nothing more (or less) than a regular cover letter. In actuality, a cover letter also shows a candidate’s interest in a job so typically, all cover letters are letters of interest as well. If you look at it from the employer’s end, he might ask you to write a letter of interest (and not a cover letter) because of your particular position – usually that of an entry level.
Or, at the entry level, you might be looking for an unadvertised position which is where a letter of interest comes in. Through a letter of interest, you can let an employer know that you are interested in a position and are available for hire. The major content of a letter of interest remains the same – the same old rigmarole of skills and qualifications. The point is to market your untapped abilities in a way that the reader has no choice but to pick up the telephone and arrange for an interview with you. Of course, the resume that accompanies your letter of interest needs to be read too which is another purpose of writing a rocking letter of interest.
Having established that letters of interest are usually written for positions at the entry level, let us now take a look at a sample letter of interest for a paraprofessional position:
241 Sixth Street
New York, NY 21021
Samantha @ email . com
July 5, 2015
Ms. Georgina Boyd
4830 5th Avenue
New York, NY 28373
Dear Ms. Boyd:
I am writing to inquire as to possible paraprofessional vacancies at Corrington Preschool. Even if there are no immediate positions that need to be filled, I would appreciate receiving my application so that I can be registered with your office for as and when one opens up.
Two months ago, I was awarded my teaching assistance certificate from St. Peter’s Academy. Owing to a strong interest in preschool education, I have also obtained Montessori training alongside and will be awarded my diploma very soon. Having studies preschool education as a subject, I am well-versed in putting into practice an integrated individualized program, which caters to students’ needs perfectly. In a paraprofessional role, I am able to assist lead teachers by virtue of exceptional skills in research, education material management and classroom handling.
My credentials with be available to you for inspection as and when you require them. I look forward to having a personal interview with you at a mutually agreeable time. I can be reached at (888) 888-8888 after 2 pm.
Thank you for your time and consideration.