Engineer Cover Letter Guide

When writing an engineer cover letter, it is essential to keep in mind that you do not have to come up with anything revolutionary, as it is best to follow an outline that is similar to a traditional cover letter. Too many people try to do something unique with their cover letter and they end up completely ruining things because it’s unreadable. Simply follow the basic format of a cover letter and you shouldn’t have any problem conveying the right message to the employer.

Firstly, you will want to start the letter off by including your name as well as your address, phone number and email. This is an important part of the cover letter because the hiring manager should not have to search around for it when the time comes. It might even be wise to use a somewhat bigger font, just to make it more evident for the reader. If the reader cannot find out how to contact you within a few seconds, he or she will move on very quickly and your chance of getting the job will disappear immediately.

When you start preparing your engineer cover letter, begin going over your education and work experience in this field. Be sure that you keep your work experience information relevant, as the reader will not care if you flipping burgers when you were 12-years old. Be as thorough as you can about your previous experience and include any related projects that you might have worked on in the past. In addition, be sure that you include the college where you got your degree and maybe a little bit of information about the school. Do not overdo it, however, as this letter is meant to be about you, rather than the school that you went to.

You can finish up your engineering cover letter by thanking the HR manager for his or her time and making him/her read your resume. Unless you know the name or gender of the person who will be reading it, be vague when addressing the reader. If you currently have a job and can’t take phone calls during the day, you might want to include a time and day that you can be reached for an interview, as you would not want this interfering with your current job.


If you are having a lot of trouble with this process, there are professional engineering resume writing services that can help you. There are also sample cover letters that you can use as a guide, but make sure to make it personal.

If you give yourself time to think carefully about the right things to say and then put them on paper, your cover letter should be a great complement to your engineer resume and might help you get a foot in the door.


Gail Esparan