A letter of consideration asks the recipient to take in to account certain information or circumstances, that may have baring on a decision being made. It is often used in education or the workplace to make up for an apparent shortcoming, such as asking a University admissions department to overlook a drop in school grades because of an unforeseen medical problem.
However there doesn’t always have to be a shortcoming. You yourself may also write a letter of consideration for a work promotion or to seek admission to a club or educational institution, focusing on your qualities and what you have to offer.
A letter of consideration could be sent from a boss or a well known colleague on behalf of a job applicant, vouching for their abilities. Sometimes, letters of consideration are even included in an application package for a job.
Be polite and tactful. Nobody is obliged to consider you and they certainly won’t if you’re forceful.
If you are asking for special consideration for something based on extenuating circumstances such as a medical issue, providing evidence in the form of a doctor’s note may help.
Simply stating that you should be considered for something is worthless without explaining why. Do you have any exceptional skills? If so, sell yourself.
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Dear Mr. Robinson,
My name is Michael Scott, and I am currently a colleague of Bill Flinker, one of the finalists for the job you are trying to fill. I have worked with him for many years, and have witnessed firsthand how hard he works and how seriously he takes his job.
I am writing this letter wishing you to grant him special consideration for the job position he is applying for. There is no one else in the world that would make a better head of sales at Tobin Motors than Bill Flinker.
Thank you for your time!
Dear Mr. Wallace,
I am writing to ask you to consider me for promotion. It is my understanding that a new sales manager position has opened and I feel I have the required skills and experience to take on the role.
I have been employed at Kitchen Master for 6 years now. My first role was in telephone customer service, before progressing to shop floor sales after being deemed a “natural salesman” by managers at the time.
Having had almost 5 years selling directly to customers in-store, and accumulating several employee of the month awards, I feel the time is right to begin utilizing my leadership skills.
I have completed several Kitchen Master sponsored courses in recent months to develop myself as a team leader, and my rapport with colleagues is at an all time high. Now all I need is the opportunity to put these skills in to real world action.
I look forward to hearing from you.
I am writing to request special consideration in my University application to study psychology.
In February I underwent a kidney transplant due to a rare condition that was preventing me from passing urine properly. I was in considerable pain in the months before surgery and had many days off school in agony or visiting the hospital trying to get a diagnosis. I also had several weeks off following surgery to recover.
Because of this my grades deteriorated and I am not at the level you would usually accept for new students. However I feel that if you look at my averages, I was well on point to succeed prior to this unforeseen circumstance, and in the small amount of study time I had at the end of the year I made great strides to catch up.
I have a passion for psychology and love reading about the subject in my spare time. If given the opportunity I feel I can progress just as well as any other applicant.
Enclosed you will find a physician’s note detailing my condition and a letter from one of my teachers exploring my potential as a psych student.
I look forward to your response.