How to Write a Letter Expressing Interest in Laboratory Work

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If you are interested in laboratory work, you need to write a cover letter that expresses your interests and qualifications for the position. Because laboratory positions require precise knowledge of concepts and procedures, you should highlight your education in the area that the laboratory researches, such as biochemistry or DNA testing, and play up any previous experience you have specific to that area. Like a letter for any other position, you must sell yourself and convince the employer that you are the best person for the position.

  • Type your address, without your name. Skip a line and type the date. Skip another line and type the name of the contact person, the laboratory's name, the company's name, and the laboratory's address. If you do not have a name for the contact person for the position, call the lab and ask to whom your letter should be addressed. The employer is more likely to read your cover letter carefully and consider it carefully if you address it to a particular person. Skip one more line and type "Dear Dr./Mr./Ms. (last name of contact person)" followed by a colon.

  • Introduce yourself to begin the letter and identify the position for which you are applying. The laboratory might have more than one position open, so identifying the position helps them sort your application. Then, tell them how you found out about the position. For example, "My name is Terrell Madison and I am applying for the position of laboratory assistant. I read about your position on the job board of the University of Texas at Austin, and I would like to take this opportunity to explain why I am a good candidate for this position."

  • Review your educational qualifications, unless your work history with laboratories is stronger. Discuss your college degree, your experiences with laboratories in the college setting, and any relevant courses that you have taken that make you a suitable candidate for this position. Explain how these experiences will benefit them in the laboratory setting.

  • Explain your work experience with laboratories, if you have any. Relate this work to the work you would need to do for this specific position. If you do not have any previous experience, discuss other positions you have had that require knowledge and precision, and apply those skills to the qualities they are looking for in their laboratory.

  • Thank the contact person for her time. Provide your e-mail address and phone number. Confidently state that you would appreciate an interview so you can further discuss your qualifications.

  • Type "Sincerely," and skip three lines. Type your full name. Print the letter and sign above your typed name.

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