How to Write Contract Cover Letters
Trying to find freelance work can be tough. When you cold call businesses, you don't know if they're looking for contractors, if they're going to put your name on file for later, or if they're going to toss your letter immediately. There are a few things you can do to make your name stand out of the pile, though, and mostly it means targeting their needs.
- Research their schedule. The best thing you can do for yourself is find out when a company needs the most outside help. If they're a bar or restaurant, do they hire out additional help during the winter holidays? If they're a magazine, what time of year do they publish an issue? If they're a construction company, are the summer months the times they need the most hands? Your contract letter should reflect this knowledge, as it will make it clear that you're in sync with their business and their needs.
- Create a need. If you don't know that they need help, promote your service in a way that introduces a potential problem and then solves it. You can say something like, "I know your journal is going through a busy time of year as you work to paginate and proof Issue 13. I can offer a quick and precise solution so that you can free up personnel to continue your editorial meetings."
- Don't mention price. Probe for the need first, and talk money once you get your foot in the door. If you want, you can allude to something along the lines of, "I am open and flexible to any upcoming transcription projects you might have."
- Make yourself available. The best thing you can do is make it sound like all of your time is devoted to the potential employer. Obviously, this can't be true. If you're freelance, you'll be taking other jobs at various times with various hours. Don't mention that. Never say, "I'm available Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 1:00 - 4:00," because the employer will assume you can't be flexible or make time for them. Wait to hammer out the details of your schedule until you have an interview. Just express enthusiasm and openness.
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