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What kind of cover letter do I use to explore possible retirement/relocation opportunities?

by Robert
(Trotwood, OH)

I would like to retire from the company that I have presently worked for the past thirty (32) years. In order to proceed with a retirement date I would like to test the waters if any work possibilities are out there in the general area that I would like to relocate (out of state). Is there a cover letter that would cover "relocation" and a future "retirement" scenario?

Best regards,

ANSWER: This is a tough one, given today's job market. Employers are getting hundreds, maybe even thousands, of resumes and cover letters from people who are ready to go to work for them, right now. So to get noticed among the crowds, when all you're doing is mining for possible future opportunities might be difficult to accomplish.

On the other hand, if you have specialized skills, that might strengthen your case. I think your best approach, if possible, would be to network through contacts to explore possible opportunities. Getting an entree to a company through someone you know, even slightly, could get you in the door.

Is there a professional association that might help? Or maybe you could contact alumni or fraternity brothers in the areas of interest? Do you see what I'm suggesting?

If networking isn't the way you want to go, sure go ahead and send that cover letter. In it, explain honestly and directly what your current situation is and what you are hoping to achieve with this inquiry. Ask if they'll grant you an informational interview, where you come to them to get more information and learn more about their organization, rather than them evaluating you for a current position. That may work, although I'd definitely follow up with a phone call, or at least an email.

Good luck,

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