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Speculative letters

A speculative letter is used to write to employers asking if they have any vacancies.

By sending an employer your CV and a speculative letter, you could be lucky if suitable positions are available, or the company may keep your details on file for future vacancies. This can increase your chances of finding a suitable job.

Here are some useful tips:

  • Phone the company and ask the name of the person who deals with recruitment
  • Send your letter to that person with brief details of your current position, the types of jobs you are looking for, key skills and any relevant work experience
  • Offer a brief snapshot of what interests you about the company. You will need to do your research first. Have a look at the company’s website and learn what you can about them
  • End your cover letter on a positive note; “I’m looking forward to your reply.”. You could even say; “I will call you next week to discuss this further.”

For more tips and information about our employment programmes, visit our Recruitment Hub