Use this format when writing to an organization that you are interested in working in, but there are no advertised job opportunities:
Paragraph 1: Your research. Example: "I read an article about your corporation in X newspaper and I feel that I could be an asset to your company."
Paragraph 2: Value Proposition. This paragraph is dedicated to the strengths and skills that you bring to the organization, that they would find useful.
Paragraph 3: Bullet Point Items to Discuss. Example: "If you are available, I am interested in speaking with you about the ideas I have for your organization and to learn more about your organization."
Paragraph 4: Contact Information. List your contact information as well as when you will be contacting the organization to set up the meeting.
Source: Jeanne Breisch, Senior Career Advisor, The Henderson Glenn Group. Guest Presenter for Job Search Strategies Workshop, 2/15/05.