Engineering Graduates Cover Letter Samples
By Susan Gitonga
“What should I do now that I am done with my degree ? “ and “ What should I do next now that I am fed up with this job ?”
I believe that most of us, if not all of us have asked themselves these question sometimes in their lives.
No one wants to walk through life blindly without a direction. More importantly, none of us wants to live a life full of regrets wishing they had followed careers of their dreams.
How then can one know which path to take/follow?
If you’re a fresh graduate, you will most likely come to terms with this question.
Dora Wanjiku, a Writer in Nairobi and a recent graduate says that she had to determine what she wanted to pursue after graduating.
She adds that her lecturers were a great source of guidance when it came to which path to follow, based on her strengths and her interests.
On the other hand, other people might be stuck in jobs that they don’t quite enjoy. They feel like their potential is being under utilized.
Whichever the case,
1.Volunteer in a Career
You could be having interest in a certain field lets say Sales or Public speaking but you cannot quit your current job with the current job insecurity in Kenya.
But you could volunteer with people who run such companies and see if you are best fitted for that field.
Volunteering will help you know what you are really good at and it will give you an idea of how the field you’re interested in works.
This is a great way of helping you make a decision of whether or not you want to pursuea career in that direction.
2. Reach Out
Maybe you know someone who is working in a Career you’d be interested to know more about? Schedule to meet them.
Ask them how the industry works. Listen and learn from them and make a bold step to follow that direction if it fits the bill.
You will never know what you really want to do with your life unless you intern. Take a bold step and work for someone, even if it’s for free.
I personally interned in around 5 Companies before ever getting a permanent job.
I had very many interests and I wanted to test them out.
During these internships, I was able to know what I really wanted and was passionate about.
4. Start Your Own Projects
Sometimes, being employed is not the only option you have.
You might have a very great business idea or project that you would like to try out.
Don’t fear failure.
You would rather try and fail than not try at all.
Save some money or ask relatives for money to start your small business.
Open up a blog if writing is your passion.
Save some money and buy a camera if you want to start a photography business.
Whatever the case is, don’t fear failing.
Test out all your interests and with time you will find a path you want to pursue.
5. Pray About It
If you’re wondering which path to take, there’s no better person to ask than the one who created you.
He says that he knows the plans he has for you, plans to prosper you, to give you a hope and a future.
Ask God to show you and reveal his plan for you when it comes to your Career. Best believe he will.
All the best.
Source: Career Potential
How long have you been job searching? 3 months? 5 months? 2 years?
You will agree that it’s not the easiest thing to keep waiting for recruiters to call you with a job offer. But have you ever wondered if you could be making mistakes which end up derailing your job search?
Here are top 10 of the biggest mistake job seekers make and how you can avoid them
Mistake #1: Mailing Unsolicited CV’s
Unsolicited resumes are considered garbage, scrap paper and wasted effort. Secretaries kill them, HR managers file them away, and hiring decision-makers pitch them. I advocate abandoning this job search tactic completely.
Mistake #2: Looking Only for Job Openings
Searching only for companies with “openings” is an obsolete job hunting method. The best jobs are rarely listed “vacancies” or “openings.” Rather, many good positions are created for the candidate, often at the interview. The key is to shift your focus from “openings” to “opportunities” (which exist nearly everywhere). Remember: every company is hiring all the time, if you have what they need when they need it!
Mistake #3: Ineffective Networking
Networking should be the primary focus of every job search – occupying about 90% of your time. However, I find that most people go about it the wrong way – by talking too much and by asking for jobs.
The best networkers are big listeners rather than big talkers. They have a clear agenda, and are not shy about asking for feedback and guidance. Remember: networking is more about giving than it is about taking, so always come from an attitude of generosity.
Mistake #4: Leaving Yourself Open to Too Many Kinds of Jobs
Another key to a successful job search is to focus on finding the RIGHT job – not “just any job.” Critical factors to consider include satisfaction, growth potential, location, cultural fit, great co-workers, a pleasing environment and competitive compensation. When the job market is really tough, it’s imperative to be more focused than ever.
Mistake #5: Being Unplanned in Your Search
Most people spend more time planning a vacation than planning a job search. I suggest the following tips to conduct a proper job search: a well-thought out methodology, daily solitude and planning, space in the home dedicated to the search, a tracking tool to measure your progress, and a system for accountability.
Mistake #6: Doing it Alone
Career Coaches provide objective guidance, help you articulate your value, and provide a proven system for job search success. Many offer excellent advice on salary negotiations – often exceeding the job seeker’s expectations. If you can’t afford a Career Coach, take advantage of low-cost or free support from non-profit groups, universities, municipal programs, and so forth.
Mistake #7: Not Preparing Well Enough for Job Interviews
When you boil it down, all job interviews are comprised of five basic elements: articulating your value, conveying your knowledge of the company, asking intelligent questions, negotiating compensation, and following-through. Each of these items has to be practiced in advance, so you can “ace” the job interview. “Winging it” just won’t do! Also, be sure to do extensive research on the company and the interviewer ahead of time.
Mistake #8: Not Knowing Your Market Value
You must research and assess your value in the marketplace, so you’ll be able to negotiate effectively. Never disclose your salary requirements – always get the employer to name the salary or range first. The time to talk money is when the employer has made it clear that you are their top candidate, and after they make an offer.
It is very easy for even the savviest of job seekers to make these mistakes. By learning how to navigate these potential pitfalls from the outset, your job search will be more productive and yield more positive results!
Are you holding negative beliefs about yourself? They may be ruining your career and eating into your career growth.
Make sure you do not believe in the following 5 toxic beliefs.
1. My self-worth is based on what others think of me.
Some people define themselves based upon how they guess their boss, co-workers, relatives and friends see them. When they are convinced that others think poorly of them, such people lack the self-confidence necessary to consistently take action.
2. My past equals my future.
When some people experience a series of setbacks, they assume that their goals are not achievable. Over time, they become dispirited and discouraged, and avoid situations where failure is a risk. Because any significant effort entails risk, such people are then unable to make significant achievements.
3. My destiny is controlled by the supernatural.
Some people believe that their status in life–or even their potential as a human being–is determined by luck, fate, or divine intervention. This all-too-common belief robs such people of initiative, making them passive as they wait for their “luck” to change.
4. My emotions accurately reflect objective reality.
Some people believe that their emotions are caused by external events. In truth, though emotions are determined by the perception of those events, combined with preconceptions about what those events mean.
Such people find it difficult or impossible to “get out of their own heads” and see situations from another person’s viewpoint.
5. My goal is to be perfect or do something perfectly.
Because perfection is unattainable, the people who seek it are simply setting themselves up for disappointment. Perfectionists blame the world (and everything in it) rather than doing what’s necessary to accomplish extraordinary results.
Exchange these beliefs with better ones.
I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes over my career, applying for just about every kind of job. I’ve personally reviewed more than 20,000 resumes. And at Google we sometimes get more than 50,000 resumes in a single week.
I have seen A LOT of resumes.
Some are brilliant, most are just ok, many are disasters. The toughest part is that for 15 years, I’ve continued to see the same mistakes made again and again by candidates, any one of which can eliminate them from consideration for a job. What’s most depressing is that I can tell from the resumes that many of these are good, even great, people. But in a fiercely competitive labor market, hiring managers don’t need to compromise on quality. All it takes is one small mistake and a manager will reject an otherwise interesting candidate.
I promise you — more than half of you have at least one of these mistakes on your resume. And I’d much rather see folks win jobs than get passed over.
In the interest of helping more candidates make it past that first resume screen, here are the five biggest mistakes I see on resumes.
Mistake 1: Typos
This one seems obvious, but it happens again and again. A 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that 58% of resumes have typos.
In fact, people who tweak their resumes the most carefully can be especially vulnerable to this kind of error, because they often result from going back again and again to fine tune your resume just one last time. And in doing so, a subject and verb suddenly don’t match up, or a period is left in the wrong place, or a set of dates gets knocked out of alignment. I see this in MBA resumes all the time. Typos are deadly because employers interpret them as a lack of detail-orientation, as a failure to care about quality. The fix?
Read your resume from bottom to top: reversing the normal order helps you focus on each line in isolation. Or have someone else proofread closely for you.
Mistake 2: Length
A good rule of thumb is one page of resume for every ten years of work experience. Hard to fit it all in, right? But a three or four or ten page resume simply won’t get read closely. As Blaise Pascal wrote, “I would have written you a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” A crisp, focused resume demonstrates an ability to synthesize, prioritize, and convey the most important information about you. Think about it this way: the *sole* purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. That’s it. It’s not to convince a hiring manager to say “yes” to you (that’s what the interview is for) or to tell your life’s story (that’s what a patient spouse is for). Your resume is a tool that gets you to that first interview. Once you’re in the room, the resume doesn’t matter much. So cut back your resume. It’s too long.
Mistake 3: Formatting
Unless you’re applying for a job such as a designer or artist, your focus should be on making your resume clean and legible. At least ten point font. At least half-inch margins. White paper, black ink. Consistent spacing between lines, columns aligned, your name and contact information on every page. If you can, look at it in both Google Docs and Word, and then attach it to an email and open it as a preview. Formatting can get garbled when moving across platforms. Saving it as a PDF is a good way to go.
Mistake 4: Confidential information
I once received a resume from an applicant working at a top-three consulting firm. This firm had a strict confidentiality policy: client names were never to be shared. On the resume, the candidate wrote: “Consulted to a major software company in Redmond, Washington.” Rejected! There’s an inherent conflict between your employer’s needs (keep business secrets confidential) and your needs (show how awesome I am so I can get a better job). So candidates often find ways to honor the letter of their confidentiality agreements but not the spirit. It’s a mistake. While this candidate didn’t mention Microsoft specifically, any reviewer knew that’s what he meant. In a very rough audit, we found that at least 5-10% of resumes reveal confidential information. Which tells me, as an employer, that I should never hire those candidates … unless I want my own trade secrets emailed to my competitors.
The New York Times test is helpful here: if you wouldn’t want to see it on the home page of the NYT with your name attached (or if your boss wouldn’t!), don’t put it on your resume.
Mistake 5: Lies
This breaks my heart. Putting a lie on your resume is never, ever, ever, worth it. Everyone, up to and including CEOs, gets fired for this. (Google “CEO fired for lying on resume” and see.) People lie about their degrees (three credits shy of a college degree is not a degree), GPAs (I’ve seen hundreds of people “accidentally” round their GPAs up, but never have I seen one accidentally rounded down — never), and where they went to school (sorry, but employers don’t view a degree granted online for “life experience” as the same as UCLA or Seton Hall). People lie about how long they were at companies, how big their teams were, and their sales results, always goofing in their favor.
There are three big problems with lying:
- You can easily get busted. The Internet, reference checks, and people who worked at your company in the past can all reveal your fraud.
- Lies follow you forever. Fib on your resume and 15 years later get a big promotion and are discovered? Fired. And try explaining that in your next interview.
- Our Moms taught us better. Seriously.
So this is how to mess up your resume. Don’t do it! Hiring managers are looking for the best people they can find, but the majority of us all but guarantee that we’ll get rejected.
The good news is that — precisely because most resumes have these kinds of mistakes — avoiding them makes you stand out.
In a future post, I’ll expand beyond what not to do, and cover the things you *should* be doing to make your resume stand out from the stack.
Written by Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google
Application Letter / Cover Letter Sample for Electrical Engineer
400 Nairobi Road
Kenya, Mys Inlink
Mr. Felix Amador
Human Resource Manager
Dear Mr. Amador,
Re: Electronic Engineer
Following your advertisement for the position of Electronic Engineer at Sony Ericsson, I wish to put in my application letter for this job position. I am an experienced Electrical Engineer with 15 years working experience at MTN in the Electronic Department.
In my recent position as an Electronic Engineer, I worked on communication systems, computers, integrated circuits and other electronic systems that use electricity as a means to process information. My vast knowledge and experience in electronic communication is a perfect suit for the job description at Ericsson Nairobi.
Most of my projects at MTN is done with little or no supervision from research, concept, development, design and implementation of project.
Apart from my degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Nairobi, I possess a certification in CCNA and a member of IEEE. I am a critical thinker and a trend analyst of computer-aided programs to develop and design electrical systems.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet you and further explain my qualification and experience in detail.
Enclosure : Resume, Certification, Membership IEEE
The Career Path of an Electrical Engineer
Electrical Engineering is a discipline that has been a strong force in technology for over a decade. Electrical Engineers are concerned with Electronic devices and how to build systems such as generators, embedded computers, amplifiers, microprocessors, robots and artificial intelligence systems. As an Electrical Engineer, one is concerned with new designs and its implementations to solve simple but complex task. With emerging technologies, Electrical Engineers are expected to learn modern trends to meet the demand of innovators and techies.
To Become an Electrical Engineer, one must be strong in Mathematics and Physics. The rest is how to apply these fields in magnetism, circuit and systems and engineering processes. One must also attend Higher College with a Degree or Higher National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering or similar field such as Computer Engineering.
According to QS World Ranking of Electrical Engineering Universities, the top ten rankings include
• Massachusetts Institute of Technology
• Stanford University
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of Cambridge
• ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
• University of Oxford
• University of California, Los Angeles
• Imperial College, London
• Harvard University
• National University of Singapore (NUS)
An Electrical Engineer can join professional bodies such as the National Association of Black Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), National Society of Professional Engineers and International Society of Automation (ISA)
Electrical Engineers have a massive job base. They can work in Aerospace Industry, Automotive Industry, Chemical Industry, Electronic Industry, Defense Industry, Oil and Gas Companies, Power generating industry, Telecoms and the Utility Industry. The list continues.
An Electrical Engineer who is a professional in the field takes an average salary of $45,000 to $60,000 in 2008 according to figures from jobs posted in CareerStructures.com
The job description of an Electrical Engineer ranges from
• Power generation, transmission and distribution to the countryside
• Building services in the society such as lighting, ventilation and life systems
• Manufacturing especially in the Construction Sector
• Carrying out cutting-edge feasibility studies for new technical developments
• Cost estimation and analysis for scheduled project timelines
• Installation testing and analyzing power system, telecom system and data flow
Computer Engineering Graduate Cover Letter Sample
200 Nairobi Road
Kenya, City Inlink
Mr. Jude Lexis
Human Resource Manager
With regard to your MTN job advertisement on the 20th of August 2013, at your official website www.mtn.com, I wish to apply for the position of Computer Engineer. I am a graduate Computer Engineer from Kenyatta University and a certified CCNA Engineer. Due to my excellent networking and hardware skills, I worked as a Systems Engineer with Airtel Kenya and rose to the rank of Systems Manager.
In my recent position with Airtel Kenya, I oversee the design and production of computer hardware, troubleshooting defects and isolating them, component integration and design testing, report specific generation, extensive computer analysis and lifespan durability of purchased electronic components.
Hardware architecture, device drivers, circuit boards and system chip design are part of my daily task with Airtel Kenya as a Systems Engineer.
With extreme technology advancement comes my ability to think critically, multitask and a high degree of change to adapt to new system, tools and technologies with limited supervision.
I possess excellence written and communication skills especially in project documentation. My ability to liaise and work effectively with my team members, colleagues and junior staff puts me ahead for this job position.
I look forward to this position and excited with the prospects of working with MTN.
Enclosure: Resume, Certificate, CCNA Certification
The Career Path of a Computer Engineer
Computer Engineering is fast becoming one of the best engineering disciplines in the world due to the vast employment opportunities available. Computer Engineering is derived from the discipline of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The core base of Computer Engineering is software development that can drive a hardware. Computer Engineers are modern with the capability to continuously push the applicability of computers to industry demand and technological trend changes. Computer Engineers embed computers into other machines and build network across to transfer data. Computer Engineers are also making computers to be intelligent and self-serving.
To become a Computer Engineer, one must be good in Physics, Mathematics, Electrical, Electronics and Computers. You must be awarded with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering.
According to the Best Grad Schools ranking of Computer Engineering Universities, the list of top ten schools includes
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of California – Berkeley
- Carnegie Mellon University
- University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
- Cornell University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
- University of Texas
- Princeton University
- Purdue University – West Lafayette
Computer Engineers can join professional bodies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), National Society of Black Engineers and the Association of Computing Machinery
Computer Engineers can work as .Net Developers, Senior Software Engineer, Systems Engineer, Network Engineer, Cisco Network Voice Engineers, Web Developers and Database Architects
As a Computer Engineer, one can earn an average minimum salary of $56,000, a medium range of $89,000 and a maximum salary of $140,328.
A typical job description of a Computer Engineer includes using programming languages such as Java, C, C++ and COBOL for software development, design and integrating of system on chip for electronics component, local area and wide area networking, working with experts from related fields especially electronic engineers to carry out a research on a new innovation, working with android programs and mobile technology.
Cover Letter Sample for Civil Engineering Graduates
243 Nairobi Road
Kenya, City Express
Dr. Anani Mayes
Human Resource Manager
Aluworks Nairobi Limited
Following your recent advertisement in the Daily Graphic on the 20th of April, 2013 for the position of Civil Engineer, I wish to put in my application documents. I am a degree holder in Civil Engineering from Moi University in Kenya with vast experience in construction works and project design.
In my recent position at Nairobi Highway, I worked in my capacity as the Highway Civil Engineer in charge of construction and road engineering works. Most of my job description at Nairobi Highway includes undertaking feasibility studies on the quality of road been constructed, liaising with subcontractors and architects on road construction in the area, scheduling and purchasing material necessary for road construction and managerial supervision to ensure road works and construction meet the demanded timeline and completion.
Attached to my vast technical background is my work ethics. I possess excellent communication skills, top working relationship with colleagues and respect work related codes of conduct. I am excited to be part of Aluworks Nairobi Limited especially with the rich experience I can offer to help improve the engineering standards of this reputable company.
I look forward to any scheduled interview and further discussion by your reputable outfit.
Enclouse : Curriculum Vitae
The Guidelines to Become a Civil Engineer
Civil Engineering is one of the oldest Engineering disciplines in the world. This engineering discipline is the pre-foundation for other professional engineering expansion especially the field of Electrical Engineering. Civil Engineers are responsible for shaping our environment by building structures and facilities that will have a major impact on lives and durability of properties. Civil Engineers also simplify our normal daily activities. A typical example is boarding a car to work. Civil Engineers are responsible for that road you use in the morning.
A candidate who aspires to become a Civil Engineer must be exceptionally good in Physics and Mathematics. These two grades must be equivalent to an excellent. To become a Civil Engineer, one must offer top courses in the University such as Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering or Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Related course that can easily lead you to become a Civil Engineer is Mechanical Engineering or any other closely related Engineering discipline.
To become a Civil Engineer, you must attend top Engineering Schools which are noted for awarding quality Engineering Degrees. According to QS World ranking of Universities by Subject, Civil & Structural Engineering, the top ten includes
- Imperial College London
- University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
- The University of Tokyo
- Delft University of Technology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Kyoto University
- Nan yang Technological University
- University of Hong Kong
- University of Texas
As a Civil Engineer, one can belong to the following associations: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Earthquake Engineers Research Institute (EERI), American Concrete Institute, ASM International and American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
A Civil Engineer can work in a variety of disciplines. Career prospects of a Civil Engineer will be in areas such as Building Control Surveyor, Building Services Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Site Engineer, Water Engineer and Structural Engineer.
According to the International Labor Department, Civil Engineers made an average salary of $77,990 in 2011. The most paid 10% percent in the professional earned $119,620 whiles the minimum paid employee earned $50,370. The statistics further stated that, the highest compensated position are within the industrial and commercial category.
Civil Engineering is a unique profession with most graduates venturing into road and construction companies. A Civil Engineer is required to offer the following technical services in the workplace
- Hold top engineering meetings with client to discuss requirement for projects
- Testing material for strength and map-survey analysis with the use of computer-aided software
- Time requirement and feasibility studies on projects.
- Establishing a stable relationship between the environment and the risk of engineering works to the said environment
- Ensuring and maintaining the health and safety rules of this profession.