Application letter articles
October 27, 2013
Mr. Orma Ral
Human Resource Officer
Mani Plastic Company Ltd
Box 343, Nairobi
09th Arnold Road
P.O.Box 33, Nairobi
I am writing to apply for the position of Material Science Engineer as advertised on your official website www.mani.com on the 13th of June, 2013. As a degree holder in Material Science Engineering from the University of Nairobi, I am equipped with all the engineering principles in ceramics design and plastic.
In my recent position as a Materials Engineer with AXY Plastic Company, I worked on balancing optimal performance of polymers for plastic manufacturing, testing the resistivity of materials to chemical erosion, data analysis to determine which materials are suited for specific purposes and quality control of materials to advise management on purchases.
As a Materials Engineer, I am able to present technical data in form of charts to management, complex problem solving skills, good analytical skills for design purposes and application of scientific processes to industrial activities.
I also possess a good communication and interpersonal skills. With demand of work comes working under pressure to meet short deadlines. This is one of the areas where I have mastered in the past years. I have the ability to work under immense pressure and meet scheduled deadlines. I also possess a great leadership potential in a team.
This is a dream job which presents lots of career prospects and development. I am excited with this opportunity and hope to meet your outfit to further discuss my qualification and experience.
Find attached my resume and certificate.
Sincerely,[Your Name] Enclosure
Job Description of Materials Science Engineer
Materials engineering is the study of materials and their properties. Materials Engineering spans around us. From the buildings we have to the transportation and ceramics works. As a Materials Engineer, the particle composition of materials is key. This determines the cost of the material, functions and environmental impacts. A good example is our cellular phones. A materials engineer will determine the composition of the phone, durability and will answer why it is designed in that particular way.
To become a Materials Engineer, one must study Science in High School. For Undergraduate Studies, Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, Metallurgy or Chemical Engineering will lead one to Materials World. A postgraduate degree will be a confident booster in this field. This field of Engineering is relatively new with immense prospects for graduates. Most project graduates in materials engineering end up investigating properties of ceramics, polymers to develop their engineering applications
To establish as a Materials Engineer, one need to have team work skills, confidence and interpersonal skills. In addition to technical competence, research and technology.
Materials Engineer can work in a diverse range of companies from rubber factories, glass factories, composites, metals, plastics and textiles.
A typical job description of a Materials Engineer spans:
- Plant monitoring and material reaction during processing
- Feasibility studies on materials to determine resistivity and corrosion implications
- Improving materials and their properties
- Designing improved materials through property analysis and disposing of such materials
- Materials Engineers are Scientist that use science innovation for realistic applications. This they achieve by collaborating with other Engineers relevant to said projects
- Materials Engineers cut across discipline in problem solving. Familiar field includes, Nuclear, Mechanical, Chemical and Aerospace Engineering
- They also measure the extent of composition properties of materials on health.
- Maintain quality and standard of products by continues supervision through test of raw materials
October 27, 2013
Mr. Tilra Tsess
Human Resource Manager
Mount In Pharmaceutical Company
2nd Avenue Street
76 Aold Road Street
Re: Chemical Engineer
With regard to your job advertisement on the 28th of March, 2012 for the position of Chemical Engineer, I wish to put in my resume. I am a graduate of Murdoch University in West Australia where I obtained a degree in Engineering and an advance graduate diploma in Chemical Engineering from the same University. After my school, I worked with a reputable pharmaceutical company in Africa for seven years as an Analytical Chemist.
My job description includes the manufacturing and production of chemical drugs, maintenance and design of production plants, analysis and research of new chemical plants and working in collaboration with the drug authorities to detect defective drugs at the coastal borders.
In addition to my experience, I possess an exceptional analytical skills with advance knowledge in safety and environmental condition aspects of drug production. I am also a team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
I am excited with the prospects available at Mount In Pharmaceutical Company and will be happy to meet you to further discuss my qualification and experience and explain why I am the best candidate for this job position.
Please fine attached my resume and certificate for your perusal.
Sincerely,[Your Name] Enclosure
Job Description of a Chemical Engineer
In Chemical Engineering, the concept of engineering principles is utilized in Chemistry to help solve problems related to society. A few list of such problems include: hunger, materials creation, energy demands and chemicals. Mostly Chemical Engineers are needed more in Pharmaceutical Companies for production purposes.
A Chemical Engineer should have a strong background in Chemistry with little Biology. For Undergraduate Studies, a Chemical Engineer should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry or Chemistry. Industries largely depend on Chemical Engineers for processing of materials and chemicals. The technical ability of a Chemical Engineer depends on how he transforms matter as physical or chemical components.
According to The Complete University Guides, top ten high ranking Chemical Engineering Schools include:
- Cambridge University
- Imperial College, London
- Oxford University
- Leeds University
- Manchester University
- Birmingham University
- Newcaster University
- Bath University
- Edinburgh University
- Heriot-Watt University
As a Chemical Engineer, one can work in plants manufacturing companies, plant facilities, pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology, and oil refineries. One job policy of a Chemical Engineer is wearing of protective clothes. This practice is common among Chemical Engineers due to the health implications.
A Chemical Engineer should be interested in Chemistry, with high thinking abilities, problem solving skills and creativity. A real Chemical Engineer is faced with challenging problems, and therefore require such skills in the lab.
The Job Description of a Chemical Engineer vary. But similar description includes:
- Undertake lab work. Especially in plants processes and chemicals testing
- Reduce production cost by presenting reports to management with minimal cost
- Work in a team especially with Chemists and Biochemists for research purposes
- Analyzing the health implication of new drugs on the market. Especially drugs that have side effects
- Monitoring the development output of production plants.
- Re-testing during stages of production. This helps reduce the error value in outputs especially in Chemical production.
- Develop new and improved methods of production taking into consideration modern trends in the world
October 27, 2013
Mr Tel Jurne
Senior Human Resource Advisor
Box 987, Upstream Road
43rd Avenue Street
Box 121, Nairobi Kenya
Dear Mr. Jurne
Ref: Job111 – Mining Engineer
I am applying for the position of Mining Engineer with Ref: Job111 which was advertised on 3rd June, 2012. The job description and qualification stated is a perfect fit for my resume. I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the Omega Mining College in South Africa, a highly ranked academic institution in the mining category in the world. After completing my undergraduate studies, I had a two years intense internship programme with Baker Hughes International where I worked underground as mines operations graduate engineer.
After my graduate internship programme, I worked with Newmont International as a Mining Engineer for six years. My job description at Newmont was in the area of commercial feasibility of mining projects, model design of new commercial sites, mining recovery, quarrying and mining research into new technological mining equipment.
Besides my technical substance is my project management skills. At Newmont, project leadership and organizational skills is key to career development. I believe bringing these skills set to Tullow International will be a key mutual benefit.
In addition, I possess impressive interpersonal and communication skills with exceptional blending ability in a team.
I am excited about the career prospects at Tullow International, a highly ranked Oil Company in the world and ready to meet you to further elaborate on my qualification and experience.
Sincerely,[Your Name] Enclosure
Job Description of a Mining Engineer
Mining Engineering is a discipline that deals with productivity potential of mining locations and how to optimize the location for maximum extraction of underground deposit. This is done initially through feasibility studies. Mostly, Mining Engineers are expected to use computer-aided technology in most of their extraction as a simulation test.
Mining Engineers are expected to be well vetted in Physics and Mathematics. For Undergraduate Studies, Mining Engineers can pursue courses such as Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Geology, Minerals Engineering, Quarrying Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering. A closely related field is Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering or Physics.
A major disadvantage of the activities of Mining Engineers is the disturbance and distraction of the Environment. Mining Engineers are therefore expected to work with the locals of Mining areas as a way of mitigation consensus.
Mining Engineer can work in a variety of fields including
- Mining Companies
- Financial Institutions
- Environmental Agencies
- Extraction related Companies
- Quarrying Companies
- Manufacturing Companies
- Construction Companies
According to a Survey of the salary range of Mining Engineers in the United States, the average annual salary of Mining Engineers is $90,070. This figure has shot up in recent years due to increasing extraction sites especially in Sub-Saharan Africa
As a Mining Engineer of a Company, one is expected to:
- Assessing the possible feasibility of new mining sites
- Conducting and analyze the possibility of minerals deposits. This is usually carried out with Geologists, Earth Scientist and Economists
- Constructing mines either above or below grounds
- Designing with computer technology possible mining sites
- Liaising with local authorities to oversee the health implication of mining in the area and possible practical solutions.
- Through feasibility studies determine the best way to mine. This varies depending on the characteristics of deposits and site implication
- Supervise Engineers on the best policy in Mining regulations. This includes proper adherence to explosions and emergency ventilation during underground pit mining
- Carry out regular research on improved ways of mining. This mostly is done through emerging computer techniques in the mining industry.
More and more, job applications are being sent to prospective employers by email. There are two ways of sending applications by email. First, you can write the cover letter in the body of the email and attach your resume. Second, you can write a short email and attach your resume and cover letter as two separate documents. Whichever you choose, there are some things you can do to stand out from the job-hunting hordes.
Address the email correctly
As with a cover letter, make sure you address the email to the right person. Sending your email directly to the person is best but if they want you to send your application to an [email protected] address only, do as the company asks. Also begin your email using conventional business language: ‘Dear Miss Jones’.
Make the most of the subject field in your email. Leaving this field blank is simply wasting an opportunity to make a strong comment about you. And simply inserting the job title and number also wastes an opportunity. Think about the impact if you add a phrase that attracts the attention of the reader. For example, for a senior engineering position you could write ‘Experienced engineer for Senior Project Engineer position’.
It may be tempting just to write ‘Attached – please find my resume and cover letter for the advertised position’ which is fine and certainly won’t go against you. However, writing something a little more attention grabbing will set you up as a real contender. You should make the reader really want to read your cover letter and resume.
The opening paragraph could say something about your achievements and link them to the position. For example, if you were going for the position of Publishing Director, the following opening sentence is a powerful statement about your ability to do the job.
‘Having published 12 150-page full-colour trade magazines in the past year where I managed the complete production process and a staff of 20 professionals, I am an ideal candidate for the position of Publishing Director with your company.’
What you can do for your prospective employer
Don’t be afraid to say what you can bring to the position and the benefits to the company. Adding value to the business is something the reader is very interested in hearing: ‘Publishing is a dynamic and exciting industry, and I am convinced I can help [ABC Publishing] grow its reputation and dominant position in the industry. I would love to meet you to discuss the position and look forward to hearing from you.’
Many resumes and cover letters are now stored in databases so using language relevant to that industry will help your application hit the right buttons and make sure it is easily retrievable.
A ‘thank you’ is good manners
Thank the person for their time and consideration.
A last word or two about email cover letters
When you attach your documents – resume, cover letter and any other documents requested by the company – make sure that you name the documents with your name: ‘lindsay_smith_resume.pdf’ or lindsay_smith_resume.doc’. Don’t forget that the recipient might have up to 100 or more applications. If some are named ‘resume.doc’, rather than re-naming these resumes, the person may be tempted to trash them immediately.
Sending files as pdfs will ensure the styles you have used will not corrupt. If you do send files in this format, let the reader know that you can send Word documents if this is preferred. This immediately sets up a dialogue between you and the reader – a good start to getting the job!
By Sue Stevens
Perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of finding a job that you’ll face is writing appropriate job search letters. The job search may be the first time you’ll have to compose and produce professional-level correspondence
You face the challenge of deciding both what to say and how to say if for a number of important, unfamiliar situations, such as applying for positions, showing appreciation, and accepting or rejecting offers. Because there is no single formula or model letter that will work well for every occasion, you should give as much careful consideration to your letter writing as you do to other job-search activities
This article introduces you to the art of writing job-search correspondence. The information applies to both paper (hard copy) and e-mail letters
Job-search letters in context
Letters can enhance your employability, but they first must be connected to your most important job search too-your brain! The purposes and impact of every letter should be considered carefully. Generic, impersonal letters simply don’t work. It’s important that you craft your letters to reflect what is appropriate for your audience, your objectives, and the requirements of the situation
Effective letters are only one component in a large system of interrelated tasks and activities. Ideally, your letter should flow from, and be linked to, the follow career development tasks:
- Assessing your abilities, skills, knowledge, interests, preferences, values and motivations
- Researching and evaluating occupations, jobs and employers
- Writing a professional-level resume
- Planning and implementing your job-search campaign
- Interviewing for job opportunities, and
- Choosing appropriate work
Most often, letter writing supports the last three tasks, but the key point to remember is that effective letters are part of a larger process. If you’re struggling unduly with your written communications, perhaps you need to do more work in clarifying your career direction and articulating your value to employers
As an act of communication, your letters say something important about you as a professional and as a prospective employee. To create a positive impact, analyse your audience by considering his or her problems and requirements, then plan your letters accordingly
Audience analysis is a process of introspection by which you put yourself in the reader’s situation in order to understand his or her needs and problems. After such analysis, you can then compose your letters to show how your background and talents can meet the reader’s needs convince the reader for your value as a prospective employee; and persuade the reader to take action in your favor
You and your situation are unique; strive to allow your individuality to be expressed through your writing. A key point to remember is that responsibility for effective communication rests with the writer, not with the reader
By: Williams J. Banis