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Electrical engineering cover letter

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As an electrical engineer, you know how to supply power to great structures—but how are you at putting together your cover letter? To be considered for top electrical engineering jobs, your cover letter must demonstrate your skills and experience, as well as your passion for your work. For writing tips, view this sample cover letter for electrical engineering, or download the electrical engineering cover letter template in Word. 

Additionally, you can learn about engineering careers and look for electrical engineer jobs on Monster.

Electrical engineering cover letter template

 

Cindy Jones
Sometown, FL 55555 | (555) 555-5555 | cj@somedomain.com


November 8, 2017

Ms. Carol McConnell
HR Manager
ABC Company
55 Victory Dr.
Sometown, FL 55555

Re: Electrical Engineer Position  n  Advertised on Monster

Dear Ms. McConnell:

I read your posting on Monster for an electrical engineer with great interest. This challenging position focused on heavy industrial projects is a perfect match to my qualifications.

Since earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (BSEE), I have worked for the last 5 years as an electrical engineer for XYZ Corporation, a leading U.S. shipbuilder of Navy aircraft carriers and submarines. In this role, I maintain, troubleshoot, upgrade and repair plant electrical equipment. This experience has given me a strong foundation within the heavy industrial manufacturing sector in addition to proven success in:

  • Improving preventive-maintenance programs and inventory systems to minimize unscheduled equipment downtime by up to 34%.
  • Extending the average life of electronic industrial systems and components by up to 25%.
  • Cutting machinery repair and replacement costs by $250K in a single year.
  • Troubleshooting circuitry, wiring and other electrical/electromechanical issues and implementing design improvements to prevent future problems.

During my tenure at XYZ Corporation, I developed expertise in an array of cutting-edge engines/motors and plant-wide electrical/control systems, including digital signal processors (DSPs) and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). I am also proficient in using electrical design tools and software such as ETAP, SPEL, SKM Systems Analysis and EasyPower.

I am very interested in being part of your integrated engineering team. Please call me at (555) 555-5555 to set up an interview. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Cindy Jones
Enclosure: Résumé


Writing a cover letter for a resume is difficult for most people. Not only is it difficult to talk about yourself, you can spend a lot of time refining before finally producing a copy that hits the mark. That is why job seekers often do not take the time to even write a cover letter. This is the biggest mistake job seekers can make, as well-written cover letters prove very influential in swaying a Human Resource manager.

To ensure you get every opportunity to secure a job interview, not only should you write a cover letter, but also follow these tips to get the most out of it.

The First Sentence is the Most Important Sentence As is the case with resumes and interviews, capturing and holding the reader’s attention is crucial, making the first sentence the most important one. You have approximately 15-seconds to stand out before the reader loses attention, so make good use of your time.

Your first sentence should be a strong statement of your top skills and experience and what they would bring to the job. Don’t waste your opening sentence explaining that you are applying for a job you found on the company website.

Be Results-Oriented Poorly written, generic cover letters that you send to all potential employers simply do not cut it. Specifics are what most hiring managers are looking for - specifics regarding your skills, experience and your achievements thus far in your career. Your achievements are of particular importance. Use your past achievements to paint a picture of a proven track record. Use short sentences to highlight these successes.

The Cover Letter as a Demonstration Cover letters serve as more than just an avenue for job seekers to set themselves apart, or allow employers to weed out whose skills fit the job description and whose do not. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your writing and communication skills. Everything from writing style and tone to your choice of words gives some insight into your character, and perhaps how well you would fit into the company’s culture.

Address the Qualifications of the Job Many applicants do not directly address the list of qualifications outlined in the job listing. Rather, they just state their skills, experiences and achievements and leave it to the reader to connect those points to the job being offered. This is a quick way to drop your resume to the bottom of the pile. Job advertisements state qualifications for a reason. If you specifically address those qualifications and demonstrate how your skills and experience are related, you will be in a much better positions to secure an interview.

Take Care You might be surprised at the number of good candidates who are overlooked because of an error in their cover letter or resume. If you don’t proofread your cover letter and resume before sending them, that oversight could cost you the job. In addition to making sure you have no spelling or grammatical errors or typos, make sure that you have used a font that is pleasing to the eye and easy to read (i.e. not too small). This is especially important if you are sending your cover letter and resume by fax.

Contacting Me Lastly, remember to include the same contact information used on your resume on your cover letter as well. Cover letters can mistakenly get separated from resumes and consequently lost. Make sure you have included your name, address, home or cell phone number and e-mail address.