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Cover Letter Tips for Engineers

A properly constructed cover letter for your engineering job application can get you the engineering job you want or leave you having to start all over again sending out your CV or resume to engineering recruiters and prospective employers. For this reason the engineering cover letter has to be crafted carefully and considered as a work module in its own right.

The first thing to do, when writing your engineering cover letter, is to look closely at the job description and requirements in the advertisement. In the advertisement you will find what the company does, what the job entails and what skills the company is seeking from its recruits. Concentrate on impressing the reader of your letter that you have these skills, that you know what they need and that giving you an interview will not be a waste of time.

Put in the letter only your relevant skills and experience and do not try to get in your whole engineering CV. The recruiter is only there to decide whether you are worth interviewing and does not want to waste his time reading every detail. The engineering cover letter should be designed to get you an interview for an engineering position not the position itself. In other words, save the details for the CV and the interview and just focus on piquing the recruiter's interest with a few well selected keywords that fit the profile in the job advertisement. Recruiters are busy people. If your engineering cover letter isn't concise and compelling as to your superior capabilities to meet the requirements of the position then it may well be rejected.

There are generally three paragraphs to an engineering cover letter. Briefly introduce yourself in the first paragraph and remind the recruiter of the original advert and where you saw it. The second paragraph is used by you to sell yourself to the recruiter through a succinct statement of your skills and engineering experience. This summary should position you as the superior candidate for the job. The last paragraph details your keenness to join the organisation and requests an interview.

Below is an example cover letter to illustrate these points.

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Mike Haus
Engineering Recruiter
PB Engineering
607 Hill Road
Canterbury JU69

Dear Mr. Haus,

I was very interested to read the job advertisement for the Senior Engineer on [Job Board / Media].

I am an experienced [Relevant Job Title] specializing in [relevant specialisation] and have also demonstrated significant results in the fields of [additional areas of expertise]. I'm convinced that my capabilities in [list specific sales points] would enrich an organisation as devoted to high quality engineering as yours has been, and I would welcome the opportunity to interview for this vacancy.

Please find enclosed my CV / Resume for your review and I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours sincerely,


Horace Leiten