This letter sells you to a prospective employer by emphasizing the fact that you are re-entering the job market after an absence and are willing to start at the bottom.
1234, Main Street
Boston, MA 02123
04 April, 2005
<Recipient Address Goes Here>
It's been a long time since I wrote a letter like this, and I'm not sure what I should say. In that case, I'll come right out and say it: I have been away from the job market for <years> years, and I'm looking to get back into it now, possibly with <company name>.
<description>. That is why I'm bringing my <years> of experience as <your field> to you. Since I'm just getting back into the market, I'm willing to start at the bottom and work my way up. That's a rare ambition for someone with my background.
I don't know if <company name> is hiring at this time. But I think I have something to offer. Please let me know if a position in my field will be opening soon, or give me a call at <phone number> if you'd like to talk. I think you'll see that I was worth waiting for.
I look forward to hearing from you. Take care.
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