There’s not much job growth for carpenters expected over the next decade, however job prospects remain good as people are needed to replace those who leave the profession each year. It’s likely that competition will remain strong for available positions, so it’s essential to have an effective cover letter to help you stand out from other candidates.

If you need help writing an impactful carpenter cover letter, start by downloading one of our four cover letter templates. There are options for both experienced and entry-level carpenters, as well as tips on improving your cover letter to help you capture the hiring manager’s interest.

Carpenter Cover Letter Checklist

The best carpenter cover letters have five main elements:

1. Heading. This has all the essential information, including your name, title and contact details, the addressee’s details and the date you wrote the letter. Use a professional template to help the information stand out.

2. Salutation. The best option is to greet the hiring manager by name, using Mr. or Ms. and their last name. Use ‘Dear Hiring Manager,’ if you don’t have that information.

3. Introduction. Capture the hiring manager’s interest in the first paragraph by introducing yourself and your interest in the position.

4. Body paragraphs. These two paragraphs should demonstrate your suitability for the position by detailing your skills and experience. A bulleted list can help the hiring manager take in your most important attributes at a glance.

5. Closing section. Use the final section of your cover letter to encourage the hiring manager to take action by arranging an interview. A postscript is a clever addition that can highlight one final achievement and leave the hiring manager wanting to know more.

Carpenter Cover Letter Examples and Templates

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Introduction

An attention-grabbing opening paragraph helps ensure the hiring manager continues reading your cover letter and goes on to explore your resume. Your introduction also needs to express your interest in the position. The best way to ensure your introductory paragraph does everything you need it to is to build it around one of your top accomplishments. Choose a relevant achievement that showcases your suitability for the position and can be quantified. Generic facts, such as your level of schooling, aren’t usually compelling enough to capture the hiring manager’s attention.

Good


Taking the lead in five major remodeling projects and completing all within budget and ahead of schedule was one of my proudest achievements as a carpenter. I plan to bring the same level of dedication to BR Renovations.

Bad


I’m writing to apply for the carpenter position you recently advertised. I have five years of experience as a carpenter and believe I would be the best choice of carpenter for BR Renovations.

Body Paragraphs

Start the body of your cover letter by confirming your interest in the position and stating your admiration for the company. Mention specific details to show that you understand both the job and the company.

In the next paragraph, list your relevant achievements. Whenever possible, these accomplishments should be quantifiable and include a positive outcome to give the hiring manager examples of your success. This section can include your education and certifications, any promotions and successful projects you’ve been involved in. Don’t include anything that isn’t relevant to the position, and avoid mentioning accomplishments that can’t be quantified.

Good


I have five years of carpentry experience and am drawn to BR Renovations’ strong reputation for creativity and excellence. BR’s focus on finding innovative ways to restore old buildings is the perfect fit for my detail-oriented working style.

I’m eager to help the BR Renovations team achieve continued success. My past successes include:

  • Managing a team of seven apprentice carpenters to complete 12 kitchen remodel projects with a 99% customer satisfaction rating
  • Achieving a zero-incident safety rating in all managed projects
  • Implementing an online work scheduling app, resulting in 90% decrease in time required to communicate with clients, contractors and staff, and a 45% increase in contracts signed 

Bad


Your advertisement states you need someone with at least five years of experience as a carpenter. I have been working as a carpenter for just over five years and would love to work for BR Renovations.

In my current role my responsibilities include:

  • Supervising teams of apprentice carpenters
  • Providing quotations for potential carpenters
  • Inspecting work completed by carpentry team

Closing

Nail your closing by suggesting the hiring manager take the next step and schedule an interview. If you just thank them for their time and attention, you’ve missed an opportunity.

A postscript can be the finishing touch on your cover letter. It allows you to highlight one final achievement and leaves the hiring manager with a lasting impression. The postscript doesn’t need to be strictly work-related. If you’ve done volunteer work or have won an award, the postscript is the perfect place to include it, as long as it’s relevant to the position.

Good


I’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss how my carpentry skills and experience can help BR Renovations continue to build a reputation for quality remodeling projects. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange an interview time that fits your schedule.

Best regards,

Elle Powell

P.S. I’d love to tell you about my volunteer work remodeling bathrooms and kitchens to help older adults remain living in their homes!

Bad


Thank you for taking the time to consider my application. If I can provide any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Regards,

Elle Powell

Carpenter Cover Letter Examples (Text Format)

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Claudia Horton
Journeyman Carpenter | [email protected] | (135) 531-1357 | 345 My Road, Casper, WY 86420

June 7, 2021

Francisnek Lewandowski
Senior Hiring Manager
Barns By Design
(753) 357-7531
[email protected]

Dear Mr. Lewandowski,

Onboarding and mentoring five apprentice carpenters to help them develop their technical skills for building agricultural structures was my proudest achievement of 2020. All five went on to qualify and received glowing reports for their practical abilities and professional ethics. I look forward to demonstrating similar leadership and expertise as a journeyman carpenter at Barns By Design.

As a committed and passionate carpenter with more than seven years of industry-specific experience, I am motivated by the chance to work for one of the state’s leading agricultural construction firms. I believe that Barns By Design’s focus on customer care and teamwork aligns perfectly with my values.

My recent accomplishments include:

  • Consistently meeting 100% of personal productivity targets and delivering 43% of projects ahead of schedule
  • Devising and implementing a materials inventory strategy that improved availability by 54% over two years
  • Assuming responsibility for overseeing health and safety practices on-site, reducing accidental injuries by 23% in 2020

I look forward to meeting to discuss how my extensive knowledge and outstanding collaboration skills can make me an invaluable member of your team. Please get in contact to schedule an interview.

Sincerely,

Claudia Horton

P.S. I would like to explain how I maintained a score of 99.9%+ for accuracy during performance appraisals.

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