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What is a speculative letter?
This type of letter is sent to an employer or employment agency, seeking consideration for possible employment opportunities, i.e. positions which are not currently advertised or which do not currently exist. It is vital to incorporate the speculative approach in your job search because
A high percentage of jobs are filled in the unadvertised job market.
Many employers rely on keen students who write to them, of their own initiative, to fill vacancies.
An employer may be impressed with your initiative, experience, and excellent presentation and make efforts to create a position and accommodate your request.
An unexpected job vacancy may arise and your application is already in the employer’s hands .
Some sample paragraphs for speculative letters follow: Example of speculative opening paragraph… Recently I became aware of the new music program at St. John’s School. My interest in this program and genuine commitment to teaching in a Christian educational environment provides the impetus for my request. I would like the opportunity to visit your school, learn more about your programs and if possible observe classes in action. I would also appreciate your advice as to the possibility of teaching positions at St John’s in 2010. Example of a paragraph which links you and the position… Over the past six years I have held a number of part-time positions. These have involved working with children in a range of settings including after school and vacation care. This experience has provided the opportunity to develop planning and behaviour management skills, as well as communication, time management, and organizational skills. Example of a closing paragraph…
Having contact with your