How to Write an Effective Construction Cover Letter

By Indeed Editorial Team

Published 15 November 2021

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Your cover letter provides the opportunity to make a positive first impression on an employer in the construction industry. A well-written construction cover letter can encourage the employer to read your resume and invite you to interview for a vacant construction role. It can highlight the way your skills and experience match the job requirements. In this article, we explain how to write a cover letter for construction worker jobs and provide an example of an effective construction worker cover letter.

How to write a construction cover letter

A good construction cover letter follows a standard business letter format. Following this format makes your cover letter logical and easy to read. Consider writing a new cover letter for each construction role so you can highlight how your experience and skills align with each job's requirements. Most cover letters are between a half page and a single page, depending on the writer's experience. While every cover letter is unique, you can follow these steps to write them:

1. Add contact details, date, salutation and letter's purpose

The standard business letter format makes the contact details for you and your recipient easy to see and the date of your letter easy to see. Writing these details on your cover letter helps the employer refer to them easily, even if they misplace your envelope. Standard business letter format aligns the following details to the left, putting every bullet point on a separate line:

  • Your full name

  • Your phone number

  • Your email address

  • Your street address

  • Your city, state or territory and postcode

  • The date of writing

  • Recipient's name, if known

  • Recipient's company

  • Recipient's street address

  • Recipient's city, state or territory and postcode

  • Salutation

  • The subject line

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2. Introduce yourself and expand on your reason for writing

It's customary to introduce yourself and state that you're applying for the vacant construction job in your cover letter's first paragraph. You may state where you saw the job advertised. You can also summarise why you think you're well suited to the role.

3. Explain your background

You can use the next paragraph to tell the employer about your experience and the skills it gave you. If you have had previous construction jobs, this experience is the most relevant. If you recently left high school or worked in another industry, you could mention your transferable skills. Highlight any outstanding or relevant achievements that can make you seem more suitable than other candidates. For example, if you were applying for a stonemason position restoring buildings you might mention previous experience restoring a church that developed your fine motor skills.

4. Conclude with a thank-you and a call to action

In your final paragraph, it's customary to thank the employer for considering your application. You may also suggest actions the employer could take. For example, you may encourage them to call you if they have any questions about your application. You may also state that you're available for an interview at their earliest convenience. You can conclude your cover letter with a professional sign-off. If you are sending a hard copy of your cover letter, leave a couple of lines for your signature before typing your full name. Signatures are optional for digital cover letters.

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Tips for writing an effective cover letter for a construction job

Here are some tips that can make your cover letter more effective and increase your chances of securing a job interview:

Follow any instructions in the job advertisement

Some construction job posts have specific instructions for job applications. Following these instructions carefully shows you can follow directions well, which is a key skill for construction employees. If the job application asks you to send applications to a specific person, address your cover letter to this contact. If the job advertisement asks for a one-page cover letter, edit your letter until it is a single page. If the job advertisement gives a postal address for applications, print your cover letter and mail a hard copy with your resume.

Type your cover letter

Typing your cover letter makes you seem professional. You may use a simple serif or sans serif font, such as Times New Roman, Arial or Century Gothic. It's a good idea to use the same font as your resume for consistency.

Include a professional email address

An email address is an important contact detail. As with your cover letter, a good email address shows you are a capable professional. If your regular email address lacks professionalism, you may like to apply for a new email account for your job search. Major email providers let people create as many email addresses as they like for free. Professional email addresses often include a full name or initial and surname. Adding a full stop, underscore or number to the email address can help you secure a professional-sounding account if your name is common.

Use the key terms from the job advertisement

Using key terms from the job advertisement in your cover letter can emphasise your suitability for the vacant role. A good strategy is making a list of preferred and essential skills, qualifications and experience as you read through the job advertisement. You may circle any skills, qualifications and experiences that match your own. You can incorporate these into your cover letter. As you include each circled key term, you can cross it off your list. Use the exact language in the job advertisement to pass through any Applicant Tracking System software and help the employer see your suitability at a glance.

Include examples that support your claims

Examples that show you have relevant skills and experiences can make your cover letter more persuasive and interesting to read. As examples are personal to you, they can also help you stand out from other job candidates. For example, some job candidates may write that they are familiar with new construction technology. Being more specific can help your cover letter stand out. For instance, you can write about how, in your last job, you used augmented reality and building information modelling for more accurate project planning and measuring

Include both hard and soft skills

Soft skills are arguably just as important as technical skills, as they show how well you can work with others, so make sure you include them both on your cover letter. Some important soft skills for construction roles include punctuality, reliability and teamwork. Soft skills are also relevant to all construction roles, so ensure you include them on all your cover letters, even if you're applying for a wide variety of construction roles.

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Proofread your cover letter

After completing your cover letter, try to set it aside for at least a couple of hours. After this time passes, read through it again to find any spelling and grammatical errors. You could read your work aloud and rephrase any sentences that seem awkward. Taking time away from your writing helps you view it more objectively. If you lack confidence in writing, you may like to ask a trusted family member, friend or colleague if they can proofread your work. Taking the time for careful proofreading helps you submit a more professional cover letter.

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Construction cover letter example

Viewing cover letter construction examples can help you write your own. Try to pay attention to the format and content of these cover letters. Here is an example of a cover letter for a residential construction labourer job:

Dear Ms Aston,

Re: Application for construction job

I am writing to apply for the construction labourer role with Aston Luxury Homes advertised on Indeed yesterday. I think my four years of experience as an apprentice and five years of experience as a full-time construction labourer make me well suited to this role. As you can see in my resume, I have extensive experience building townhouses and apartment complexes so I understand the high-quality work required in residential construction. I also have a current white card and pride myself on always following occupational health and safety practices.

I am a hard worker who you can always rely on to be punctual and get tasks done. I love working with my hands digging trenches for footings, mixing and spreading concrete and assisting other tradespeople. I also have experience setting up and dismantling scaffolding, using excavators and cleaning surfaces for painters. I appreciate that every day on a job site is different and I find working as a team as a home comes together so rewarding. I am always excited to learn new skills and see the potential for real career growth with your organisation.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. I have enclosed my resume which lists some of the sites I have worked on and the duties I performed. If you have any questions about my skills or experience, you can call me on 0418 340 450. I am available for an interview at your earliest convenience,

Yours sincerely,

Blake Peters

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