Entry Level Cover Letter Engineer Example

How to Write a Cover Letter for an Entry Level Position

Cover letters can make or break a job application

By Laura Schneider

Updated November 13, 2017

Whenever you apply for a job, your written application and cover letter will be the first point of contact with a prospective employer. That means that your cover letter should be a polished and professional as possible, so as to make a positive impression. Imagine the letter being read in Human Resources, passed along to the hiring manager and shared with the team you'd like to join. If the letter doesn't put you in the best possible light, it's not doing its job.

Why Is the Cover Letter Important?

Every employer will ask you to send along your resume; the cover letter literally "covers" the resume. It's also a tool for expressing your personality, enthusiasm, and knowledge to your prospective employer. Even if your resume is short, your cover letter can make up for that and earn you an interview.

Cover letters can also provide an employer with information about your basic skills and preparation for the workplace. How literate are you? Do you know how to format and proofread? More importantly, do you take the time to be sure your letter is perfect before sending it off?

Tips for Writing a Cover Letter for an Entry Level Job

  1. Before writing a cover letter, it's helpful to do some research into the company to which you're applying. Why do you want this job at this company (as opposed to any job at any company)? Even if you're secretly willing to accept any decent job at any decent company, it's important to show each prospective employer that you've taken the time to learn about their specific organization.
  1. Balance the letter on the page by adjusting the spacing. Even if you are applying electronically, the employer may print this out to read, so it should look nice.
  2. Choose an appropriate font. Comic book sans is not an option. Best choices include Times New Roman, Arial, or Georgia.
  3. Write in a formal style (unless there is a specific reason for doing otherwise).

Sample Cover Letter: Entry Level Position

Use this sample cover letter when you do not have a contact name to address your application to.

Your street address (line 12)
City, State, zip

Month Day, Year (current date)

ABC Company
Company Street Address
City, State, zip code

SUBJECT: RESUME OF JOHN JONES (in caps)

I read with interest your advertisement for engineering positions at ABC Company. Your company is one of the leaders in the electronics industry, and I am interested in being employed by a company with your background. [This is a good place to add a few words about this unique company; for example: "I was excited to see, in last week's news, that ABC was named one of the top cybersecurity companies in America."]

Enclosed is a copy of my resume that details my academic qualifications and practical experience gained through the cooperative education program. As you can see from my resume, I have a firm foundation in electrical engineering. [This is a good place to add a few words about yourself; for example: "My internship with XYZ company also provided me with opportunities to learn first hand about the importance of cybersecurity, and gave me a good grounding in the nuts and bolts of the field."]

Thank you for taking your time to review my resume. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my education, practical skills, and background would qualify me to be a member of the ABC Company. My references are available upon request.

Please contact me at 555-555-5555 or name@email.com to set up a time for an interview. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

(3-4 blank lines)

Your Signature goes here if sending a hard copy. Then 3 blank lines
JOHN JONES (your typed name, in caps)
Enclosure

Notes

Use “Enclosure” at the end if you are submitting your cover letter and resume via hard copy. If you are submitting via email, change this word to “Attachment” instead.

Cover Letter

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A cover letter should accompany each résumé you send to a prospective employer. Your cover letter is your introduction; it describes who you are, why you are interested in the position, and the value you can add to the organization. Do not duplicate your résumé in your cover letter. Instead, use your cover letter to add a personal touch and highlight the most relevant experience on your résumé, which tends to be more data-driven. The following are some cover letter recommendations:


Language
Check over the spelling and grammar several times, gaining feedback from Career Center counselors, friends and family members. Misspellings and typos on a cover letter can eliminate the possibility of interviewing with a company.

Format
The cover letter should be brief, no longer than one page in length if sent via hard copy mail.

Emailed applications should contain a cover letter in the body of the email with a résumé attached.

Typically, three or four short, easy-to-read paragraphs are adequate.

Keep your cover letter looking professionally; use a standard font (i.e. Times New Roman, Ariel, etc.), and avoid using bolded or underlined text. In special cases, such as when applying for design positions, students are encouraged to consider a more unique résumé aesthetic as a way to show their work.

Content
If you have recruiter contact information, address your cover letter to him or her. If you do not have recruiter contact information, apply to a blind advertisement with, "Dear Recruiter:"

Find out as much about the position and company as possible and tailor each cover letter toward the opportunity for which you are applying. This might involve some research. Illustrate that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the position requirements. It will show them that you have done your homework and assure them that you are a good match for the position. It will also avoid the appearance that you have sent them a generic cover letter, which could have been sent to any company for almost any position. If you are responding to an advertisement, make sure that you address all of the position qualifications.

If you have developed a good networking relationship with an individual in the organization, upon their approval, use their name in your cover letter.

Communicate that you can add value to the organization. Associate the company product with your capabilities. Avoid making the common egocentric mistake of describing why the position would be good for you. Organizations are interested in how your skills, abilities, and ideas will benefit their enterprise.

Let the cover letter reflect your individuality, but avoid appearing too familiar, humorous or ironic. Describe what is particularly appealing to you about this company and/or position. If you admire some of their recent work, a current project or their philosophy of operation, let them know.

Close the cover letter by taking the initiative and requesting an interview. List your contact information for follow-up purposes.


Example 1


Simon T. Brainsample
75 Via Limone
New York, NY 11220

April 22, 2005

Gully T. Gumby
Specifics Manager
Fawlty Systems, Inc.
Torquay, NY 00000

Dear Mr. Gumby,

Your advertisement in Job Choices '05 prompted me to contact you about entry-level positions in electrical engineering at Fawlty Systems, LTD. The product engineering program at your company is very appealing. I am particularly interested in your project on digital systems. In May of this year I will receive a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union and I hope that we will have an opportunity to discuss employment possibilities before that time.

In addition to the knowledge I've obtained from my education, my experience as an assistant to a plant engineer has provided me with an excellent background in the practical aspects of electrical engineering.

During my years at The Cooper Union, I have taken on many additional responsibilities. As a freshman, I managed the Student Council and played varsity tennis. In my junior year I was employed by the Student Services Office where I received first-hand experience in organization, teamwork and responsibility. I hope that you will seriously consider my enclosed résumé, which provides full details of my qualification.

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to speaking with you. I may be reached between the hours of 9am and 5pm at 212 355.4343.

Sincerely,

Simon T. Brainsample



Example 2


Simon T. Ellis
1 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003

March 15, 2006

Mr. Brian Davidson
Senior Vice President
Anchor Systems, Ltd.
345 First Avenue
New York, NY 10004

Dear Mr. Davidson:

I learned about the Electrical Engineering position with Anchor Systems, Ltd on the Cooper Career Connection Web site, and I am interested in further discussing this exciting opportunity. As a graduating electrical engineer undergraduate student at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, my academic background, coupled with my relevant work experience, has given me the tools and ability necessary to add value to the position, and ultimately your organization.

My interest in electrical engineering is long standing and my well-rounded background makes me an excellent candidate for the Electrical Engineering position. I secured an IT Analyst Internship with Credit Suisse First Boston in the summer of my freshman year, and gained exposure to the financial industry, while enhancing their software by developing search subroutine and upload script modules. As a sophomore, I served as Treasurer on the Student Council and played varsity tennis. In my junior year, I attained a position in the Student Services Office where I received first-hand experience in organization, teamwork, and responsibility. I have earned several awards while a student at Cooper Union, including the Bausch and Lomb Award for Excellence in Science, in June 2005 and Dean's List in the Fall of 2004.

Please find my attached résumé, which provides full details of my qualification. Feel free to contact me at (212) 353-4567 or ellis@cooper.edu for any following up purposes. I appreciate your consideration and look forward to further discussing the Electrical Engineering opportunity with you.

Sincerely,

Simon T. Ellis


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