Underwater welders have a hard time with cover letters.
Though cover letters serve a great purpose, few take the time to create substance. Most letters reek of construction clichés, maritime aspirations and stale diving descriptions.
Your cover letter can breathe life or choke your entire application.Error, group does not exist! Check your syntax! (ID: 3)
It allows you greater freedom with words, and it gives you a chance to complement your resume/CV in extraordinary fashion. Though employers rarely read an entire cover letter, they’ll know whether you’ve put effort into its creation just by skimming.
Time to separate the active, passionate welder-divers from the dry ones.
Quality Diver Cover Letter Characteristics
Person or Department Specific
Hi, Mister or Missus. How are you?
No one talks like that. In conversation, you use others’ names.
Letters work the same way.
Think of your cover letter as a conversation with someone you just met. If you don’t know to whom you should address the cover letter, call the company and ask. They won’t mind.
In fact, many companies intentionally leave this area ambiguous to give applicants one more way to separate themselves from the competition.
Large companies use different methods. Sometimes computers will look over the cover letters first. Then one of several readers may take a look. In this case, you can use the specific department or position of the persons (Human Resources Assistant, Applications Director).
Use your Voice
Don’t be shy. Demonstrate your personality in your cover letter!
Describe what first drew you into underwater welding. Throw in an interesting comparison of divers to office workers (be careful with this one). Proclaim the importance you place on safety on oil rigs.
I know, this isn’t creative writing class.
But employers aren’t just hiring your skill set – they’re hiring you. Introduce the real you in an interesting way. That shouldn’t come as too much of a challenge, considering you’re already a little different from average folk, seeking out adventure and travel.
Offer your Services
…Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. – John F. Kennedy
The former American president summed servitude up well. Substitute “country” for “employer” and follow his command in your cover.
Food for thought:
Your employer doesn’t give two cents about what they can offer you. They’re not bargaining. You must show them how you will benefit them.
What’s that look like?
Describe how your underwater construction skills can benefit the employer. Make a strong case for your experience, certification and character. Don’t tell your employer what you’re looking for in a job, lay out your qualifications for the employer to use as they see fit.
In this game, you have to accept a simple, humbling fact:
The employer holds the cards. You have little negotiating power unless you know someone influential.
Breaking it up: Diver Cover Letter Guide
This guide will walk through each piece of your cover letter. It’s geared toward a specific, open position – not a general cover letter enquiry (different animal).
Let’s get started.
If your employer can’t find your contact details in a few seconds, they probably won’t bother. Make sure to include your name, email and phone number close to the top. You may also include a mailing address, but it’s not necessary.
Don’t include a photo of yourself. It’s unnecessary and may detract, not add to your application (no offense). You might be as sexy as they come, but you’re not applying to a modeling agency.
Do the same for your employer’s contact information. Address it to a specific person or department.
Learning of Open Offer
Include how you heard about the diving position. If it was through a coworker that currently or previously worked at the company, mention him or her first. Don’t mention your connection halfheartedly:
“I was just Googling diving companies, and I found yours!”
Put purpose behind it.
“Today, during my online research for open dive medical technician positions, I landed squarely on your job offer.”
Reason for Intrigue
Exclaim what sparks your interest about maritime company. Check their website – find out a bit of their company history. What kind of diving projects have they performed? Look at some of the clients they’ve worked for under contract, and places they’ve done inspection and maintenance.
Second & Third Paragraph
Draw a Connection
Describe how your skills and history match up to the open underwater construction position. Even if you’ve just graduated diving school, you may pull from your course training. Customize each cover letter to connect your skills with the desired qualifications of the employment offer.
Don’t include anything extra; it only distracts.
Throw in a Short Story
Tell a small, two-sentence experience of an achievement or training project. Add a few specifics so it stands on its own. Stories engage readers, and they relate better with your experiences.
Plus, it’s probably the only place where you’ll be able to write in a story format (as opposed to your resume or CV).
Thank them for taking a look at your application. A little thankfulness still goes a long way – no matter what industry you work in.
Mention your included resume and/or CV. If you’re applying online, you may not need to add in this information, but it doesn’t hurt.
Keep in Touch
Just like in regular conversation, we often set a time to meet again. Let the maritime employer know you’ll be following up with them soon. You may even give them a specific date to follow-up if you’re an organized person. And when you follow-up – make sure you call; it has more weight than an email.
The end is easy:
- Printed Name
Of course, using a good “closure” phrase helps give you staying power. It’s probably best to use something not too formal or informal. Maybe “Best Regards” or “Respectfully”.
Applicants often forget to sign their cover letters, so make it a habit to do so first thing. Create a scanned image of your signature so you can add it to online cover letters.
Online cover letters
The vast majority of cover letters are submitted online. Underwater welders should create their letters keeping a few distinct differences in mind between printed counterparts.
Online cover letters are shorter. Diving company employers look for three paragraphs. Enough to fill the height of the screen – not more. Try and keep it to around 150 – 200 words in the body of the letter.
Add in keywords that describe the responsibilities of the diving job you’re applying for. A computer may filter it first for specific keywords.
Underwater Welder Cover Letter Templates
What pro tips do you have for creating a diver cover letter? Tell us in the comments below!