In a cover letter to an employment agency or executive search firm, you should always mention your current or most recent salary, as well as your willingness to relocate for a position.
The following is a sample of a cover letter that you might send to a corporate headhunter:
Mark Jacobson618 City Park Avenue ♦ Hometown, AZ 85005 (602) 506-3209
February 4, 20__
Dear Ms. Carlson,
I am forwarding my résumé, as I understand that you specialize in the profession of accounting. As you may have heard, the management structure of __________ will be restructured in the near future. While I am excited about the future of the company under the new management, I have decided to make the change an opportunity for personal professional change and growth.
I have many years of experience that make me well suited for a position in finance management in any medium-sized service firm, but I am open to any opportunities that you believe that I am suited for. Although I would prefer to be able to remain in Arizona, I would consider moving to other parts of the country if the opportunity justifies it. I am currently earning $70,000 per year.
I have included a copy of my résumé for your review. In the event that you are conducting a search for someone with my background or skill set at the present time or in the near future, I would greatly appreciate your consideration for the job opening. I would also like an opportunity to discuss my background in greater detail with you over the telephone or in a personal interview.
I look forward to hearing from you.