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Most Kenyan jobs are never advertised. A cold cover letter is an uninvited inquiry to an employer, recruiter or other hiring manager regarding possible job opportunities in their company.

Cold cover letters’ potential advantages include creating a job that didn’t previously exist, gaining early consideration for a position that hasn’t yet been advertised and expanding your network of contacts. By sending a letter to an employer who is not soliciting candidates, your CV will not be buried in a pile of hundreds of others.

Before you write
Know Yourself: You are contacting a company that hasn’t asked to be contacted. So what do you offer? Why should the company take an interest in you? What skills, abilities and credentials would be desirable to the organization?

Research the employer: Find out as much as you can about your target company, including past performance, goals and competitors so you can knowledgeably write about how you would help the operation.

Here is a sample.

P.O Box Nairobi,

HR Manager.
Muajiri Kazi Ltd,

Dear Sir/Madam:

RE: Looking for a suitable marketing role.
Perhaps you are seeking an addition to your marketing team.

A new person can provide innovative approaches to the challenges of marketing. I am an innovator of new ideas, an excellent communicator with buyers, and have a demonstrated history of marketing success.

Presently, I am marketing computer products for a major supplier using television, radio and retail marketing. I have a reputation for putting forth the effort required to make a sales department succeed.

Enclosed is my CV for your review and consideration. Your company has a reputation for excellence. I would like to use my talents to market your quality line of technical products. 

As there is much more to discuss, I’ll appreciate an appointment when your schedule allows.

Thank you for your time. I look forward to meeting you.


John Job Seeker.