Writing An Electrical Engineer Cover Letter

Writing An Electrical Engineer Cover Letter
How can you excite an oil and gas recruiter to review your electrical engineering resume?

If you're seeking an electrical engineering role in the oil and gas industry, there are several different paths you can take both onshore and offshore.

According to Tracy Harmon, Houston-based senior professional recruiter with Apex Life Sciences, some common opportunities for entry-level and experienced candidates include field engineer and control systems engineer roles. Hiring managers for these positions typically seek candidates with bachelor's degrees willing to travel as needed, she added.

When applying for an electrical engineering opportunity, remember that your cover letter should summarize and emphasize your specific background, skills and experience in relation to the position you're seeking, advised Keith Hampton, delivery manager with Apex, which specializes in placing scientific and engineering professionals.

"Open with your interest in the position you are applying for, specifically the company or the overall industry," said Hampton. "Highlight your particular skills and experience that qualifies you for the position. Include your availability to interview and start if selected."

In addition, Hampton stressed the importance of maintaining consistency between the cover letter and resume – and vice versa.

"Make very sure that all skills mentioned in your cover letter are 'highlighted' in your resume," he concluded. "The cover letter should excite the reader to get to the resume and the resume should reinforce the cover letter."

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Brian Fitzgerald | Jul. 28, 2017
The verdict is out on whether or not a cover letter has value. As a hiring decision maker, I stopped reading them over 15 years ago. From my readings on the subject many other hiring decision makers are doing the same thing. When looking for a job similarly, I have stopped investing time in appending a cover letter.


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