The cover letter example below is that of a new graduate in mechanical engineering. The applicant started the cover letter by stating that he would be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University in June 2006. Despite his lack of work experience, he was able to shine through by drawing attention to his overall knowledge of "leading edge" engineering principles, tools and practices, with emphasis on designing, building and testing of mechanical systems. In that regard, he was proficient with the use of various automated solutions, including current releases of AutoCAD and SolidWorks. In areas where knowledge and technology is evolving at a fast pace, this can actually be a strength if you are a new graduate. In the fourth paragraph, the applicant discussed school projects in which he was the sole or lead designer. Additionally, he mentioned that he was a responsible leader in a family owned business, although he did not specify his role (maybe this is clarified in his resume). The applicant then addressed some of his soft skills and concluded the cover letter by reiterating his interest in landing a position as a mechanical engineer with the employer.
[Name of HR Manager]
[City, State, Zip]
Dear Mr./Ms. [...]:
Please accept this letter and the accompanying resume as an expression of my interest in a position with your organization.
As my resume indicates, in June 2006, I expect to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University. I would then like to begin employment with an organization in which which my effective performance will be met with recognition and growth.
I have acquired a sound overall knowledge of leading edge engineering principles, tools, and practices, with emphasis on designing, building and testing of mechanical systems. I am proficient in the use of various automated solutions including current releases of AutoCAD and SolidWorks.
I have applied classroom learning to innovative and successful projects in which I served as sole or principal designer. Additionally, I have been a responsible leader in a family owned small business.
My personal attributes include leadership and sound judgment as well as creativity, analytical and troubleshooting skills. I interact productively with people from diverse backgrounds. I have a career history of achieving employment goals. I have a history of quality work carried to timely completion.
I am certain I could make significant contributions to your organization, and I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my education and abilities might best be employed by your organization.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to your response.