When applying for manufacturing jobs, many applicants spend hours upon hours writing, editing, and perfecting their resume, and spend much less time worrying about their cover letter. However, the cover letter is your first opportunity to engage with a potential employer. Without a strong cover letter, your resume likely won’t even be looked at. Make sure your cover letter ends up on the desk of the interviewer and not in the “no” pile with these helpful tips.
Always Have a Cover Letter.
When uploading your resume on a Web-based careers page, like the one at www.macttn.com, there is normally a field to upload or paste your resume and a field for your cover letter. You’ll notice that on the majority of online applications the cover letter field is optional. That doesn’t mean it is okay to not submit a cover letter. Almost all recruiters expect cover letters even when the field is set to optional. It’s a test to see which applicants really want the job. If you post a strong cover letter, you will automatically have an edge on the applicants that didn’t.
Have a Strong Introduction.
The first sentence or two of your cover letter are arguably the most important ones. You need to grab the reader’s attention and make them want to keep reading. Create an interest in yourself and start explaining why the organization should select you for an interview. Be sure to tailor the introduction for the specific position in which you’re applying. The reader will be able to tell if you’ve blasted your cover letter to multiple companies, and you’ll be less likely to get an interview.
Don’t Re-State Your Resume.
Your cover letter should not be a summary of your resume in paragraph form. It’s an opportunity to show the employer how the skills on your resume will benefit their organization. Don’t make claims that you “developed strong coding skills” or “have extensive experience in CAD design software” unless you can provide examples that support those propositions.
Keep in mind that the point of a cover letter is to get an interview, not a job. Therefore, your cover letter should answer the question, “Why should I consider you?” Use the cover letter to help the reviewer make a connection between your experience on your resume and the job description they posted. Sometimes connections are hidden and overlooked when reviewing a resume. By blatantly stating them in your cover letter, you’ll make sure that the reviewer sees them.
The Email is Your Cover Letter.
Some career coaching programs place an emphasis on having a well formatted cover letter on a sleek background that looks attractive when attached as a PDF. However, many recruiters have admitted that they never even open those attachments. Instead, when e-mailing a resume and cover letter, treat the e-mail as your cover letter. Pay attention to grammar and wording, and list all of your contact information in the signature at the bottom.
It’s important to remember that the person reading your cover letter is a busy professional with a lot of work to do. They don’t have time to read through a lengthy, multiple page letter. Keep it short. Write in short paragraphs made up of short sentences. Skip the fluff and get right to the point.
Put your cover letter writing to the test by applying for these engineering jobs from MAC Incorporated. The engineering branch of MAC Incorporated, is focused exclusively on placing technical engineering professionals on project, contract-to-hire and direct hire placement job requirements. Contact a recruiter today to see how we can help you land your next career opportunity.