The amazing thing about naval architect cover letters is that they are alive and they kick! Sounds strange? Not really! A cover letter is alive because it has the capacity to bring an applicant’s professional profile alive. And it kicks but only if it is filled with viable information.
Generalized cover letters seldom work. You send in a cover letter that talks of how wonderful you are as a candidate without anything significantly backing up your claims, both your resume and cover letter find permanent homes in wastepaper bins. Do not waste your time by writing things that are of no use to prospective employers. Instead, use this time to research what works for the employer for whom you want to work.
If a job advertisement specifically says that the company is looking for a naval architect who has a master’s degree in naval architecture, make sure you fill the requirements before you begin making plans for writing the cover letter. A prospective employer may not be too happy with your “experiences” and “achievements” if you do not qualify otherwise. True, you may be more qualified than a prospective employer may know but that will not cut it with him.
Speaking of naval architects, here is a cover letter sample for one:
653 Louis Street
Columbia, CT 52010
December 22, 2015
Mr. Luis Webb
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
965 Robert Road
Columbia, CT 53100
Dear Mr. Webb:
My biggest achievement is the design and construction of Sea Tower, a 25,021 ton ship that I designed for the U.S. Coast Guard in 2012. Being recognized for my immense contribution to this project, I recently received the Naval Guard plaque, one of the most prestigious awards in this arena.
As a seasoned naval architect, I am now looking for a challenging opportunity with Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, where I can employ the expertise that I have developed over the years. Specifically, my qualifications include:
• First-hand experience in establishing basic characteristics of marine vessels through detailed design and specifications study.
• Able to accurately determine the general size and purpose of a vessel and brainstorm ideas to design it efficiently.
• Demonstrated expertise in designing prototypes of ship hulls and substructures by following designated marine safety standards.
The list of my accomplishments in marine architecture is vast. It would be a pleasure to sit down with you and elaborate on what I have achieved and what I intend to achieve for your organization. I will contact you next week to ask if your calendar is free for a meeting soon. If you want to speak to me prior to our meeting, please contact me at (000) 141-7852.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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