From a candidate: What are the basic elements in the perfect letter of interest in a presidential search? Based on nearly thirty years of serving well over 100 presidential searches, we would suggest the following:
- Submit letters of interest only to institutions where you are strongly drawn to role and mission.
- Limit the length of your letter to no more than two to three pages.
- Convey with power how your training, experience, and success are a match for the institution’s stated leadership needs.
- Write each letter as a new document. Don’t be tempted to simply revise a letter of interest submitted to a previous search.
Remember, this is not a letter to get the job, per se.
This is a letter to get the committee’s attention – to convince them they would like to know more about you by checking your references and subsequently talking with you face-to-face.