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Creating a Cover Letter

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Transcript of Creating a Cover Letter

Creating a Cover Letter
Your Street Address
City, State Zip

Date of writing
Ms. Jane Doe
Title
Company
Street Address
City, State Zip

Dear Ms. Doe:
Business Letter Format
First Paragraph
Why are you writing?
Identify the position and how you became aware of it.
Why are you interested in the organization?
Summarize your strongest qualifications in more detail and show how they match position requirements.
Sincerely,
(Handwritten signature if mailed)
Your Name Typed
Thank you for considering me for the Aeronautical Engineer Associate position within AF Reentry System Programs of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (Requisition # 216618BR). I learned of this position through Lockheed Martin's database. My testing and design experience, aerospace engineering education at University of Maryland, and my technical communication experience make me an excellent candidate for this position.
Body Paragraphs
Demonstrate your ability to add value by providing as much evidence as possible of your related work, extra-curricular and academic experiences, and accomplishments that are relevant to the position and/or potential employer
Find keywords in the job description to reiterate in your cover letter
Outline your strongest qualifications in more detail and show how they match position requirements
As my resume indicates, I worked at the
U.S. Army's Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) for three and a half years in the business of test and evaluation of military equipment
as an engineering student trainee. I worked on several fire control system performance tests of foreign weapons ranging from small arms to tanks and have written a technical test report on the performance of a foreign tank's fire control system. I also supported evaluation testing at various UAVs, UAV launch systems, airborne sensors, and vehicle armor. Since I worked with both engineers and technicians, I effectively bridged the communication gap between these two groups so our team could successfully plan and execute tests. I currently hold a U.S. Secret clearance.

For my aerospace engineering degree, I studied thermodynamics and am enrolled in a course in MDOF aircraft flight dynamics. I developed my technical presentation and writing skills in several courses involving design projects, including the aforementioned thermodynamics course and a technical communication course. To familiarize myself with IBM DOORS, I plan to explore a trial version of the program. I also possess strong leadership and communication skills which I honed during my efforts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and from my time as the Chair of the UMD student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

I am confident my skills and qualifications will enable me to positively contribute to the mission of Lockheed Martin as an Aeronautical Engineer. I welcome the opportunity to meet in person for an interview. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.
Last Paragraph
Request an interview and indicate how and when you can be contacted
Thank the reader for his/her consideration
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If you were recommended by a professor, former employer, or family member, this is the best place to mention their name and that they suggested you.
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Engineer Position
Duties include: Design, develop, and test next-generation Reentry Field Support Equipment (RFSE) for the U.S. Air Force's Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) system. Successful candidate will be a member of a focused team, interface with peer-level team members.
Required: BS in Aeronautical Engineering or related field. Aircraft performance background testing a plus. Good oral & written communication skills. Demonstrated leadership skills.

Preferred: Security Clearance
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