Make things easy for the employer by giving him exactly what he needs in a machinist cover letter. The purpose of a cover letter is crystal clear i.e. to reach out to the employer and provide information on availability, skills and achievements.
Some important cover letter writing tips:
• Always write a cover letter even if one hasn’t been specifically asked for
• Keep your cover letter short – one page is sufficient
• Address the letter directly to the hiring manager
• Place content that reflects your skills and accomplishments based on the job posting
• Show that you want to work for that particular company by outlining your knowledge about the industry and the company
• Make the letter employer-focused completely
• Use terms that are meaningful to the employer
• Be very specific about your experiences.
• Make your tone positive and upbeat and focus on what you can do for the employer
• Send original letters. Keep a photocopy for yourself but never send one to the employer
Cover letters are considered professional correspondence and you have to be extremely careful when writing them. Using clear, direct language is important and provide specific examples of your skills and achievements where necessary. Do not use smiley faces and abbreviations.
The following cover letter sample is an example of how a cover letter should be written following everything stated above:
521 5th Street
Miller, SD 52323
November 20, 2015
Mr. Edward Cruz
6102 225th Avenue
Miller, SD 56987
Dear Mr. Cruz:
Presently working for ALCOA, I am not just your average machinist. As you must be aware, ALCOA trains its employees extremely well and being one of the first machinists that the company hired, I have been through both rigorous training procedures and led trainings as well.
9+ years of machining experience, combined with my talent for process improvements, high ethical standards and technology insight, I am positive that meeting the challenges at Standard Aero will be a cinch. During my time at ALCOA, I was responsible for two very important changes in the company:
• Implemented die-guards which increased the life of standard dies by 3 years
• Introduced a system that dynamically computed dimensions and tolerances, saving the company 6 hours each day in labor time
I look forward to meeting with you to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with additional information regarding my qualifications for a machinist position with your company. I can be reached at (222) 222-2222 if you need to contact me.
Thank you for your time and consideration.