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‘Letter of Intent’ Query. Cover letter equivalent by a different name
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Posted by: site admin @ 10:06 am

At a recent careers presentation, an audience member
asked what a letter of intent was.  ‘Let me get back to
you’ was my response.  I have heard letter of intents
for high school athletes attending colleges and universities
and for specific instructions for my legal affairs affecting
minor children, and letters of resignation.

So, this is what I have discovered:

Definition: A letter of intent, when referenced in a
job posting, is equivalent to a cover letter.  Your letter
of intent
explains the reasons for your interest in the
specific organization and identifies your most relevant
skills or experiences.  There are other forms of letters
of intent, however.

for Grad School Application Letter

A letter of intent addressed to each graduate school
you apply to is your opportunity to show your strengths
and that you recognize your weaknesses.

The letter of intent formally ends the recruiting
process and connects players with teams.  But
“critics say the LOI is a one-way deal that only
benefits schools;  coaches are free to come and
go, but a student that changes his mind for any reason
must be formally released from his commitment.


A letter of intent is a document ‘that will act as a
guideline for the caretakers of your child with
special needs after your death.’  This letter includes
contact information for doctors, teachers and other
professionals.  It can contain the likes and dislikes
of your child as well as any other information that
you believe is important for the caretakers to know
about their child.  This letter should be updated
on an annual basis and kept with important


A letter of intent to resign informs your employer
that you are resigning.  It can either be formal letter
of intent to resign, tpyed, printed and signed, or sent
via email.  Note that it is important to let your
employer know when your last day of employment
will be.

If it is an email, it is best to include a specific
subject line so your message can be ready in a
timely manner.

Subject Line: Your Name - Resignation - Effective

Formal Letter of Intent to Resign Example

When you are sending a formal letter of intent to
resign, here’s the format
to use:
Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email



City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name:

I am writing to announce my resignation from Company Name, effective January 15.

This was not an easy decision for me to make. The past five years have
been very rewarding. I’ve enjoyed working for you and working on a very
successful team dedicated to providing top level customer service.

Thank you for the opportunities that you have provided me during my tenure with the company.

I wish you and the company the very best and hope we can keep in touch in the future.


Your Signature

Your Typed Name

One Response to “‘Letter of Intent’ Query. Cover letter equivalent by a different name”

  1. site admin Says:

    Interesting related item is “letter of interest” which to me
    seems like a cold call letter. Allison Doyle has written
    about suggestions how to compose an inquiry letter or
    one prospecting where you wish to work however has
    not advertized an opening.

    She offers they can be emailed or sent via hard-copy.

    She recommends:
     - explore who you know works there or is a consultant
    there or who is on the BOD there
     - seek an informational interview
     - if you know people there and they know you a
    referral to hiring authorities will be influential
     - explicitly state 2-4 assets and how you have
    demonstrated them in helpful ways
     - date the letter, sign the letter, send it to a specific person

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