Speculative letters are sent to employers without an actual vacancy having been advertised. You can’t expect to be invited for an immediate interview unless you’re very lucky, but expressing your interest in the company with a good letter and CV can help you be the first person they think of as and when anything does become available. It’s a good idea to call ahead and find out the name of the recruiting officer but if that isn’t possible, address it “Dear Sir/Madam” and sign off with “yours faithfully”.
EXAMPLE SPECULATIVE COVER LETTER
25 April 2018
I am writing to express my interest in working for your company and enclose my CV in the hope that a suitable vacancy becomes available.
I am a confident communicator who works well on my own initiative and as a member of a team. I am reliable and punctual and able to learn new tasks quickly. (Add something here that is specifically tailored to the organisation you are writing to- eg if it’s a car showroom, say something like “I have a very keen interest in the motor trade and believe that I would make a perfect car salesperson, as I have a good knowledge of cars and mechanics. My customer care skills are excellent and I am driven by success, enjoying new challenges and with the ability to exceed sales targets”.
If there are any suitable vacancies in the near future I would be very grateful if you could contact me in the first instance.