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Introduce myself letter
posted on Sunday, 16 October 2011 11:36

Is there a specific name of this letter? I am not saying cover letter as there is not a job opening but I would like to introduce myself and so to attract the potential employer if they are interested in looking for me whenever there is a job opening in the future.

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Stan Ho - Career Doctor  
Posted Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:58 PM

The letter you are referring to is a 'Letter of Introduction'. However, instead of writing a letter, I would suggest writing an introductory e-mail to your target employers to, firstly, highlight your professional experience and skill set, and, secondly, show how your skills could be useful to them. Such an e-mail could bear a subject line such as, 'A strong candidate for company ABC's consideration'.

Additionally, I would suggest doing a public search on the person you are writing to. If you and that person happen to have something in common, like having studied at the same school or having worked at the same company, a personalised e-mail with a subject line, like, 'Introductory e-mail from school ABC/company XYZ alumnus' could help you get noticed. You'll also need to tidy up your resume as it will need to be included with your e-mail.

In general, the resume of a job applicant includes the following key components:

* Contact information
* Personal profile (more about this later)
* Work experience (or internship details)
* Education
* Professional skills and accomplishments
* Activities (or school activities)
* References

Now, why is the personal profile section so important? Is it necessary to write one? If so, how should it be written to grab the attention of the employer and lead to a first-round interview opportunity?

Drafting a short but good personal profile is crucial as employers tasked with screening applications are very busy, with many resumes to review. They spend no more than a minute screening an application and are constantly on the lookout for items which don't meet their requirements so they can reject an applicant right away.

For example, the academic qualifications section - either the school name or the cumulative grade point average (GPA) - is an obvious target section for an applicant being rejected. So, if your GPA is not high enough, writing a solid personal profile section will help downplay the fact, and give you the opportunity to spotlight your transferable skills and what you can bring your prospective employer.

In any case, I am happy to say that you are definitely on the right track by tapping into the 'hidden job market' to widen your career opportunities.

Best of luck with things.

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