When you hear the sentence “why don’t you write and inquire about a possible vacancy in XYZ Company?” what comes to your mind? Cover letter? Close enough but not bang on. When you want to inquire about a possible vacancy, you write a prospecting letter or a letter of interest, as it is more commonly known as.
Letters of interest are not much different from their counterparts i.e. cover letters. The only difference you may notice is the way the situation is addressed. In a letter of interest, the candidate is looking for a position that has not been advertised. In such a situation, he or she is usually at tenterhooks, trying to determine if there will be a possibility and if so, how he or she would approach it.
But one does not necessarily need to be uneasy. When you write a letter of interest, confidence is the key to success. You write confidently and at times, a position may even be made for you if one does not exist. How? If you present yourself well, an employer may think, “I might not need him right now but maybe he will be useful”. And that is a big thing. Your usefulness should be made obvious.
What follows is a sample letter of interest for a teacher aide position that might interest you:
865 6th Street
Mount Laurel, NJ 72521
November 14, 2015
Ms. Rebecca Hall
Good Foundations Academy
63 N Pond Road
Mount Laurel, NJ 78787
Dear Ms. Hall:
Good Foundation Academy has been on my list of “Exceptional Schools in Mount Laurel” for a long time. At this point in time, I would like to inquire into a possible teacher aide opening at your school. As a qualified teacher aide, I can bring to the class motivation and encouragement, both of which are often overlooked by many teachers as an important part of the education system.
Displaying a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, I can function as an effective teacher aide who has the capacity to take the lead when necessary. Here is a list of qualifications that should interest you:
• Unmatched ability to reinforce lessons presented by lead teachers, by reviewing materials with students on a one-on-one basis
• Proven track record of assisting teachers in preparing for lessons by researching materials and exhibits
• Hands-on experience in observing students’ performance and recording relevant information to assess progress
If there isn’t an open position right now, perhaps you can still review my resume for a possibility later? I will be in touch after a week to see if you have an open slot, so that we can discuss this further. If required, you can contact me at (222) 222-2222.
Thank you for your time and consideration.