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Commercial Diving Jobs: Creating Your Cover Letter

When applying for jobs, everyone understands the importance of the résumé. But few remember the cover letter. Hiring managers will scan your résumé, but they’ll read your cover letter and you need to pack it with powerful, relevant information while staying as concise as possible.

In short, you’re answering the question that every hiring manager is asking: Why should I hire you?

Commercial diving and underwater welding is a competitive industry and you need to stand out in every possible way. Here are six tips to writing a cover letter that won’t immediately get thrown in the trash.

1. Research

Your résumés prove your experience, but your cover letter proves you’re right for the job. Make sure you research the company you’re applying for, the job responsibilities of the position, and even other positions that the one you’re applying for would interact with on a daily basis. If you know the company’s needs, values, and place in the commercial diving industry, it will go a long way with hiring managers. If the hiring manager feels they’re reading a cover letter from someone who already works for the company, you’ll be a step above other applicants.

2. Show initiative

Address the company and hiring manager directly. If a hiring manager is not given to you, read their website or call the company to find out who’s making the hire. This will show your interest in getting hired and your resourcefulness as a candidate.

3. Speak the company’s language

Scan the hiring company’s job posting and website for keywords. Every company has a language and if you can incorporate some of their key phrases in the descriptions of your skills and experiences.

4. Don’t be annoying

There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. Hiring managers aren’t going to want to bring someone in who’s full of themselves but they will want someone who is competent and professional. Avoid sentences that begin with “I” and instead focus on the needs of the company.

5. Focus on the positives, not the negatives

Don’t make apologies for skills you may not have or draw attention to things you don’t feel you do well. Be positive, focus on your strengths, and emphasize the skills, experiences, and certifications you gained at CDA Technical Institute.

6. Start with a template

There’s no shame in taking a previously written template and editing it to fit what you need to land a job in the commercial diving industry. Here’s one below for you to use:

John Diver
123 Willow Street, Jacksonville, FL 32205
904-555-1234

john.diver@gmail.com

Dear Mr. Warren,

I was excited to read that Warren Diving had an opening for a Tender. As my time at CDA Technical Institute in Jacksonville, Florida comes to an end, I’m eager to join a team that focuses on “the best of the best” as Warren Diving says they provide to clients on the homepage of their website.

I am experienced in dark water with a swift current, qualified in underwater welding and up-to-date with the most recent safety standards, I believe I would be an asset to your offshore team. Warren Diving is spoken of very highly at CDA Technical Institute by our instructors, specifically Jim Smith who introduced me to this exciting opportunity. I have careful focus, good attention to detail, and following the orders of my instructors has prepared me thoroughly to contribute right away after graduation. I am comfortable working in underwater environments and know how to always follow safety standards.

Warren Diving is the gold standard when it comes to underwater welding in the Gulf of Mexico and being a part of such exemplary work is a challenge I’m looking forward to. I invite you to review my attached résumé.

Sincerely,

John Diver

posted 02/02/2018 in Careers, Commercial Diving, Helpful Tips, The Lighter Side, Underwater Welding

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