A cover letter plays a crucial role in introducing you to prospective employers. It is very likely that the cover letter will be the first document a prospective employer will read before they actually look at your resume. You should therefore create your cover letter mindful of this. An effective cover letter should give a prospective employer an overview of your skills, qualifications and ambitions. It is worth noting that a cover letter should be professional-looking, informative and error-free.
Below are helpful tips in helping you come up with an effective and convincing cover letter for any engineering job you might be applying for.
State your interest in the position
Start your letter by summarizing your engineering skills and how those skills will be applicable in the position that you are applying for.
Highlight your experience
List the most relevant past experience and indicate how that experience will enable you to effectively handle the job you are applying for?
Indicate your level of education and list any pertinent educational accomplishments. If you do not have the level of education required by the position, this might be a good time to state how your experience can offset the degree requirement.
If you are a professional engineer and are licensed, you should definitely indicate this in your cover letter. This also applies if you have your EIT license.
Close by convincing the reader that you are best qualified candidate for this position. Remember that if they have made it this far down your cover letter, they are probably interested in you. So, this is no place to throw in new information that might be a distraction.
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