Combination Job Hunt Letter: Make it
work For You!
Increase Your Job Hunting Success with a
job hunting letter
A valuable addition to your job hunting success can be a
job hunt letter that is a combination resume and cover letter. The combination letter will
usually be one page, but in some circumstances it can be two pages.
There will be frequent occasions
where combination job hunt letter will be more productive than a cover letter with an attached
Get the job interview in the hidden job
Here’s how and when you would send
a combination letter instead of using a more conventional method.
1. When you uncover a possible job
opportunity in the hidden job market. You’ll
learn about an organization that may be hiring. Perhaps there will be an article in the local business journal
announcing the expansion of a function or a department.
2. Maybe that same business journal or the
local newspaper will announce the promotion or hiring of an individual to head a function that you could make
contribution. Other situations you should be aware of are companies that are experiencing problems that you have
Goals of your combination job hunt
Your combination letter should tell
the employer enough information that a full resume is not necessary. Give them enough information so they are
motivated to agree to a short meeting.
Here’s how to format the
1. The combination job hunt letter is always
addressed to a specific individual.
2. You lead the letter by quickly indicating
who referred you and why you are sending the letter. Here’s where your company and job research comes into play.
Focus your job target very tightly. If you are being referred for a specific job mention the
3. Where can you make a significant
contribution? Here’s where you list specific accomplishments that relate to possible employer’s
4. Now add to your qualifications and skills
in a brief paragraph.
5. Close with request for a brief meeting.
Give several time options and indicate when you will call to follow-up. If promising to call, list it on your
calendar and do as you promised.
Get the most out of the job hunting interview
Your plan for the meeting is to
turn it into an informational interview, and possibly into
a job interview. Do additional research on the company and the opportunity so you get as much as possible
from the meeting. Have your questions ready.
Redraft your resume so it reflects
what you communicated in the resume letter. Have it ready if they ask for a resume. If the meeting does not lead to
a possible job opportunity don’t neglect asking for a referral.
If you don’t get an immediate
referral ask if you can call in a few days after they have had a chance to think about who might be able to help
you in your job search.
Benefits to your job hunting strategy
A combination job hunt letter can
be a valuable addition to you job hunting strategy. If could lead to the right job in the hidden job market, it
will improve your interview skills and even add to your network. All are important additions to your job hunting
For more help in resume cover letters we have an interesting article full of writing tips
to help you stand out from other job candidates. In another valuable article we discuss how you can write a great
job hunt letter or resume cover
letter by selling the sizzle and not the steak.
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