How to Write Speculative Letters


A speculative letter is a letter sent to a potential employer to inquire about available employment in a field of interest. These letters can be used as a way to express interest in a position that may be unadvertised.

  • First, place your contact information in the upper right corner. This includes your address, phone number and email address. There is no need to include your name here.

  • Skip a line beneath the contact information and left justify. Here is where you place the recipient's information. Include the person's name, the company name and address.

  • Skip a line and place the date directly below, still left justified.

  • Skip another line and place the salutation below the date. If possible, use the manager's name instead of "Dear Sir/Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern." If the name of the person cannot be found, use "Dear Hiring Manager."

  • After the salutation skip a line and begin typing the body of the speculative letter. The first sentence is where you introduce yourself and state why you are writing. This is where you inquire if the company is hiring for the position you seek.

  • Start a second paragraph to explain how your qualifications will help the company and be a fit for the position you desire. Include examples from previous employment of how those skills and qualifications benefited previous employers to show a record of accomplishments. This is not merely restating your resume or cover letter, but giving additional details that may not be as clear on the resume or CV.

  • In the third, and final, paragraph, state that you have included your resume or cover letter for the manager to review.

  • To close the letter, it is appropriate to express interest in hearing back from the manager. Skip a line and type "Sincerely," then skip another line and type your first and last name.

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