Mandar is a Civil Engineering graduate applying to an engineering graduate programme. Note how he gives specific examples of his actions and achievements when discussing work experience within the letter, rather than just 'claiming' skills.
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20 Kinderton Close
46 Siding Grange
Dear Mr Riley,
I have recently graduated with a 2:1 in Civil Engineering from the University of Warwick and am applying to your Civil Engineering 2012 Graduate role starting at your convenience.
After exploring your website, I am impressed by the quality of your work and the recognition you have gained within the industry. The size and experience of the company offers opportunites to be involved in a diverse range of projects and gain training and development, which are important at this early stage of my career. I feel Traintell will provide the solid platform which I am looking for.
My course and work experience enables me to appreciate engineering as a whole and more specifically the role engineers have in the water industry. I read modules such as ‘technological science’ and ‘water engineering for civil engineers’ where I developed my understanding of free surface flows and engineering hydrology. I undertook two projects in Uganda in summer 2010, one a feasibility study for a micro-hydro scheme in the Rwenzori Mountains and the second experimental research into a DIY rainwater harvesting kit. Both brought together many engineering skills that I acquired over the course of my studies and offer great potential for improving local living standards. My final year dissertation research involved working for Veolia Environmental where I worked in a team of 8 multi-disciplinary engineers to deliver an innovative solution for a complex waste bio-reactor they are planning to build on a brownfield site in London. These projects not only involved a great deal of team work, where I demonstrated an ability to work in multinational and multi-institutional teams, but also showed me that the development of sustainable structures within the water industry is an area of engineering that I am enthusiastic to be involved in.
This summer I undertook a work placement at Heathrow Terminal 2 with Laing O’Rourke within the Structures group, which gave me my first insight into working on site. This opportunity gave me practical construction experience which built on the academic theory I obtained at Warwick. I also observed how site labour is managed and the importance of correct sequencing between activities to ensure the optimal use of plant and personnel.
Thank you for your time and consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.
We don't believe that any Covering Letter is perfect but one very like this has worked for our students. Remember this letter is based on a real letter, but details in this example have been anonomised. Information such as name, organisations mentioned, and projects that would identify an individual may have been changed.