Electrical engineers can be employed in industry, education, and consulting positions, and in a wide variety of tasks from minor repairs to major systems, installation, or maintenance. Therefore, before you write your electrical engineer cover letter, you need to be clear about which field and skill level the advertised position is in.
The second thing you need to do is make sure you can tick all the boxes in the required qualifications. Electrical engineering is not something you can pick up by observation and replication, so employers are usually very specific about the certified training and experience they are looking for. They typically require a degree in an electrical engineering discipline, state licensure, hands-on experience in a particular branch of electrical engineering, and possibly membership of a professional engineering association. Aim to draw attention in your cover letter, briefly, to the fact that you fulfill their requirements. Failure to do this may see your application discarded before your resume is even read, especially if there are a large number of applicants.
You can further enhance your chances of an interview by drilling down into the detail of the advertisement for any clues to the specific equipment or software that the successful applicant will be working with. If you can mention your familiarity with this equipment, even referring to brands and model numbers, you will rise to the top of the interview list.
Other electrical engineering positions may have more of a systems design role, team leadership, or client communication slant. In this case you would need to emphasize your project planning or staff and customer management skills.
Electrical Engineer Cover Letter Example
XX Plover Circle
N Richland Hills, TX 76180
January 1, 2014
Mr. Stephen Brown
Central City Hotel Group
XX Robin Circle
N Richland Hills, TX 76180
Dear Mr. Brown,
Advertised Position for Senior Electrical Engineer
I am interested in applying for the position of Senior Electrical Engineer at the Central City Hotel Group, and enclose my resume.
My electrical engineering qualifications and experience meet the requirements in your job description. I have an associate’s degree in electrical engineering from the Sparktown Technical College, followed by 18 years’ experience in customer service electrical engineering, and I am a full member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. I hold licensure for three states at present and can undertake to obtain further licensure as required.
Your advertisement says that experience with air-conditioning systems will be favorably viewed. Please note that my references include a recommendation from a previous employer, the proprietor of Kool Air-conditioning.
I would welcome the opportunities for travel, staff training, and interaction with customers outlined in your job description. In a previous position I was involved in teaching appliance repair skills to teams of warranty service technicians throughout the state, as well as carrying out repairs personally for larger corporate customers.
My phone number is 555-555-5555, and I look forward to receiving a call from you to arrange a mutually convenient time for an interview.
Enclosures: Resume; Reference(s)
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