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The unsolicited application

In the context of an unsolicited application, the accompanying letter is particularly important because it doesn’t have the backing of a recruitment advertisement stating the precise requirements.

You should particularly bear in mind that in the context of an unsolicited application you are addressing someone who, for his or her part, has not asked for anything, and whose needs you are unaware of.

All the same, you should avoid presenting yourself as someone “asking for a job”, but rather position yourself as someone “offering a service”, someone who brings specific expertise.

Don’t be apprehensive in your approach: recruiters appreciate a positive and dynamic approach, and it’s thanks to this that a third of jobseekers find a job.

This website will suggest various types of letters that can help you and serve as models.

As far as possible, try to compose an original letter that reflects your personality but at the same time is not excessive.

Recommendations

  • The reader must have the impression that your letter is unique
  • Think up a creative and personal introductory sentence
  • Write a conclusion that is likely to provoke a reaction
  • Have one or more other people read over your proposed letter if necessary to make sure it doesn’t contain any spelling or grammar mistakes.
  • Take into account the reactions of the people you show your letter to: their opinions could be helpful.
  • Limit your letter to one page: be clear and concise.
  • The accompanying letter should not mention your salary demands.

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