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Cover Letter Example
[Number Street Name]
[City, ZIP Code]
[Date, Year] (May 15, 2020)
[Number Street Name]
[City, ZIP Code]
Dear Mr. Abigail,
I am thrilled to be applying for a position as trainee civil engineer at [Organisation X] in [City, State]. I was pleased finding the vacancy on [website.com] under section [Careers at], because my ambition, (related) work experience and technical skills can add value to your projects in Ghana. Therefore, I want you to consider this application for the civil engineering position.
To shortly introduce myself, my name is [Name], and I recently graduated with a major degree in civil engineering from the [University] of [City]. As an undergraduate researcher, I gained experience in Mechanics of Structural Materials and Systems Engineering for a Third World project. I want to continue my career working on projects that directly improve the quality of life for communities in need. Therefore, I want to help [Organisation X] to make every single project more sustainable and thoughtful.
During my third year at [University], I switched into civil engineering after working on a project to build a hospital in Accra, Ghana commissioned by the African Development Bank. I went from developing the project to co-leading fifty students over the course of two years. Throughout my internship, I focused on structural design, dynamics and earthquake engineering, and got recognition for [Project X] (see references). Besides my two years’ experience for [Project X], I am proficient in preparing drawings and technical specs using MicroStation and AutoCAD Civil 3D. I was, with a GPA of 3.96 among the 15% of students with the best academic results.
I look forward to further discussing my experience in Ghana, and how my technical skill set can help [Organisation X] to improve infrastructure projects, on-schedule and on-budget delivery. In the attachment, you can find my references and resume. If you require any further information, feel free to contact me on [Phone number] and [E-mail address]. Thank you for your time and consideration.
How To Write a Cover Letter For a Civil Engineering Job?
Writing Tips For Civil Engineers
- Firstly: when it comes to the font style and font size, choose: ‘Calibri’, ‘Arial’ or ‘Times New Roman’. You can also pick other simple and professional looking fonts, but remember that an applicant tracking system has difficulties reading complicated fonts which might prevent your application from not moving forward. Also, use a 10- and 12- point size for easy reading.
- Secondly: thoroughly read the job description and make it match your profile. Seek for keywords that are repeated more than ones. These usually have a higher priority to the reader. Inform the reader that you are excited and motivated about the job opportunity and how you can contribute to their team and organization.
- Thirdly: understand the top five most important qualities and skills for civil engineers. These include: technical skills, project management, communication skills, creativity and critical thinking. Let the reader know which of these you excel and provide some examples. Don’t sum them up like in a resume, but provide context in numbers, percentages or awards you’ve been granted. Basically, make it measurable.
- Fourthly: It’s highly important to understand who is the decision maker at the current stage of the selection process. Find out to whom you need to address the cover letter too. Check LinkedIn or the company’s ‘about us’ and staff pages to find out who posted the vacancy. It’s also advisable to do proper research on the background and interests of the person in question. If you highlight the similarities between you and the recruiter, your chances of getting the job increases. This theory is also scientifically proven.
- Fifthly: a formal cover letter should strive for an overall tone of voice that is: confident, courteous and sincere. Don’t forget to thank the reader for reviewing your cover letter.