How do I Write a Construction Cover Letter?

Dan Cavallari

The key to writing a good construction cover letter is to be brief; do not bog the reader down in endless details about your work history. That is what your resumé is for, so you should try not to repeat too much information. When writing a construction cover letter, try to highlight one or two skills or experiences that may not jump out on your resumé but would make you especially qualified for the position. Limit your cover letter to two brief paragraphs, and be sure to research the proper format for a cover letter. Check your letter for errors and formatting problems carefully before sending it.

A construction project.
A construction project.

In your first paragraph of your construction cover letter, start with a brief greeting and, if possible, note any connection you may have to the employer or any people within the company that may have referred you to the position. You do not need to note where you heard about the position unless the job announcement specifically asks for you to cite such information. Be sure to note why you are applying to the position, and if you have not already done so, note which position you are applying for. Be specific if possible; read the job description carefully before writing this paragraph.

A construction cover letter should be tailored to the posted job description.
A construction cover letter should be tailored to the posted job description.

It is important to tailor your construction cover letter to the job description that was posted. Read it carefully and do not be afraid to cite direct examples as to how you can fulfill the company's needs. If, for example, the ad is looking for a self-starter who can manage several employers, be sure to note your last construction project on which you were responsible for managing seven employees, and how you came up with new methods to finish the project under budget. If your experience is primarily in one field of construction but the job is in another field, be sure to highlight how your experience in an unrelated field will help the employer's company become more competitive and more efficient.

Use firm language. Instead of saying, "I think I will be a good project manager," say instead, "I will make a good project manager because..." Employers want to find a job candidate who is confident in his or her skills, and someone who will be confident enough to tackle the common construction tasks associated with the job. A construction cover letter should feature a few examples of how you will be the best candidate, but try not to get bogged down in too many details. You will have an opportunity to discuss those details at the interview.

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