The cover letter gives you the opportunity to be more personal than is appropriate in a resume. In your letter, show your enthusiasm for the job. Offer complimentary comments about your addressee’s company. (These compliments must be based in fact. Otherwise, they will make you seem ill informed or worse!) End with a direct request for a personal interview.
Sample cover letter
Mr. Fred Ward Tampa Builders 1131 Vista Drive Tampa, Florida 28804
It was a pleasure to speak with you last Wednesday. As we discussed, I am interested in being considered for the job of chief estimator with your firm. I am originally from Tampa, and would like to rejoin my family there.
In addition, I would like to participate in the upsurge of building now transforming the Tampa area. You mentioned that you are not from this region originally. If you had seen the sleepy, undeveloped backwater of my boyhood, you’d know just why I’m so excited by the growth Tampa is experiencing today.
Tampa Builders has been a positive force behind this growth, as I hope to become with my upcoming move. Tampa has several excellent contractors for me to consider, but I’ve taken a specific interest in your firm because of your success on the Vista Height Condominium development, and the fact that you do not yet have a computer-estimating department.
I am well versed in the use of MC2 estimating software, and I’d like to show you the cost advantage you could enjoy by implementing a similar program for Tampa Builder’s next projects.
I will be in Tampa next Tuesday and would like to visit with you during the day if your schedule allows. Please call me at your earliest convenience.
Again, Fred, it was a pleasure to speak with you.
Sincerely, Arthur T. Advancer
Senior Estimator ATA/ct
The article above was written by senior construction recruiterÂ Frederick Hornberger, CPC, president of Hornberger Management Company in Wilmington, Delaware, construction recruiters providing construction recruitment and construction recruiting services on construction jobs. Visit us at http://www.hmc.com or http://www.constructionexecutive.com