Occasionally, it is necessary to send a speculative job application to a potential employer.
This is particularly so when you've been affected by redundancy or have been out of work for some time, or when a new business moves to the area.
The key with a speculative application is to understand how the particular employer might need or use your skills, so you might need to research the company before applying for a position, just to make sure that they do use the skills you offer.
Whatever the case, a good job application cover letter will help you get through the door and so you should pay a lot of attention to getting things right.
If you want to avoid using the "Dear Sir / Madam", then take a moment to telephone the company and ask the name of the person responsible for recruitment in the area you are looking to work.
Here is an example of a speculative job application:
For the attention of the Personnel Manager
Company Address 1
Company Address 2
Company Address 3
Nov 11 2008
Dear Sir / Madam,
My name is [your name here] and I am currently seeking employment as a [job title here].
I understand that you do employ people with my background, which includes x years experience as a [job title] with [old employers name here] and so thought that you might be interested in my application.
My CV is enclosed and I would be grateful if you would consider me for any current or future vacancies that might arise with your company.
As you can see, I live within easy commuting distance of your premises and can therefore attend interview at a time to suit you.
I look forward to your positive response.
Yours faithfully, [sincerely if writing to a named contact]
Your Name Here
This cover letter won't suit all situations, but it can be modified easily given a little thought.
Always include a CV with your covering letter and be sure to check that all contact information is correct and current.