Nov 21, 2019 - 10:49 AM
Some things people should not write in a cover letter when applying for an engineering startup include irrelevant information that has nothing to do with the job or the company, and information that shows a disconnect with the company's culture.
You may want to explain the "why" behind your application – why you want to move from a large engineering firm to a start-up or why you want to move from sales to engineering. "It is a huge bonus in the cover letter if there is any mention of geeking out on our technology, cultural tenets, or our mission," notes Madeline Mann, a recruiter.
If you can't figure out how to put together a cover letter, visit LiveCareer's Cover Letter Templates section for guidance, plus a wide selection of templates you can consider using. Also keep in mind that employers like numbers, such as quantifying how many people you led in a project, or telling a small anecdote that reveals how you entered your career. When writing your cover letter, let your passion about your career choice shine through, because that will make you more memorable to employers and also help them see that your energy would be an asset to them.