How to 'Express Interest' without sounding desperate
Updated: May 10, 2021
A common way for employers to gain a little insight into who you are, without asking for your resume upfront is the notion of "expressing interest". This may take the form of emailing a recruitment officer or by filling in a simple form. Make sure you write the best statement to be noticed for the right reasons.
If you have been waiting for an opportunity like this, and/ or you have been unemployed for an long period of time, then you may have reached the point of desperation. This vibe of "desperate" really goes against you when looking for work, or even when honestly expressing your interest in something you are excited about.
Employers look for passion and authenticity. Let me explain:
PASSION>> Employers want you to be EXCITED about this job. If you're super depressed, you're probably not showing your best self, and you may not even be convey your true love and passion for this role. Try to be positive and upbeat. What do you like about this job? Demonstrate to the employer that you're excited about this job.
AUTHENTICITY>> Employers want you to want THIS job. If you just want any job, and you convey this fact in your writing or speech, the employer will glaze over you. You gotta show your genuine interest. And: if you're not genuinely interested, why apply?
So, if you need to write a statement to "express interest", make sure to show passion and authenticity....
How to write the statement that WOWS employers
What you need to do is plan to write a letter. While they've asked you for a "statement of interest", and the tone will be more casual, you still need to show a level of politeness and respect for the business to which you are applying. ONLY send 1-2 sentences if the job advert specifies this. Otherwise the blanket-rule is that you treat an expression of interest as if a job application, and you make the effort.
***Remember to use positive language and be genuine about your interest.
1. Greeting: Your expression of interest letter should start with a professional greeting. If you know the contact person, address your letter to that individual personally. Write your greeting as:
>"Dear Mr. ______" (for a male) or "Dear Ms. _____" (for a female), or "Dear Mx. _____ " (for a gender neutral person) (Add the person's surname in the blanks).
If you do not know if the person is male or female, try googling their name or searching for them on LinkedIn. If you do not know their pronoun, better to use Mx. and be respectful.
If you do not have a contact person, NEVER use 'Dear Sir/ Madam", as it is terribly outdated. Better, head to google again and find one person at the business who is in recruitment (like the HR Manager) and address your letter to them.
It is always good to do your research and write your letter to a person directly.
2. Header: Before you write the main part of your letter (and under your greeting), make sure to add in a header or subject-line which says,
>"Expression of Interest in __________" (Add the job role/ opportunity in the blanks).
It is always good to let the reader know what the topic of your letter is.
3. First Paragraph: Your first paragraph is 1-2 sentences that highlights your passion and relevant skills/ experience. List one or two examples of why you would be good at this role. Such as:
>"I adore coding and I have programmed websites since I was 12; my greatest strengths are java and C++"
>"I believe in advocacy and justice; I have a degree in Justice and experience volunteering at Legal Aid"
>"I live and breathe my art. Each day I learn new skills, like how to be confident using blacks, not just for outlines, but for whole illustrations that command attention. My work with GHIcomics demonstrates this"
It is always good to make your most important statements first.
4. Middle Sentences: You should now make it clear that this opportunity/ job will allow you to GIVE to the business as well as TAKE. That is, do not simply say that you'll be learning more by getting this role, but also share what skills or personality traits or experience you hope to share with the business themselves. Be specific. For example:
> "I am very interested in this opportunity. It will give me a chance to demonstrate how well I can program a robot, as well as let me do more of what I love: coding"
>"This opportunity inspires me because it is exactly the role I have been dreaming of. Helping individuals through social justice advice is my forte. I am so excited about the prospect of being able to use my skills in this way"
>"Art is my life blood and I know my work is top-notch. I look forward to a chance to illustrate with 123Comics so I can further the brand and develop stories that inspire others"
It is always good to remind the employer what you can do for them.
5. The Close: You should end your letter with a thank you and a desire to meet with the employer to explore opportunities. For example:
>"Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to meeting you to discuss my application further"
>"Thanks for posting this opportunity. Perhaps we may meet to explore future options, even if no formal appointment is given"
It is always good to close with a positive note, and a call to action.
Now go out there and write an awesome "expression of interest"!