How to write a cover letter for IT

Having truly desirable skills in the information technology industry is  vital, but it won't help you if your resume is neglected.  You need to give the the person who is hiring a reason to look at your resume.  A cover letter is what is used to grab their attention so that they will want to read your resume.

Most companies currently get too many job seekers to bother reading every single resume they get. If they pick up a resume and it has a great cover letter, they will most likely want to read more.  After reading a great cover letter, they might call you in for an interview. The point of a good cover letter is to get your foot in the door and get an interview scheduled. Often, it's the cover letter that will help you get the job. If they like what they read, they may let certain skills slide, and invite you in anyway.

The Information technology industry is becoming very challenging and make it difficult to find a great job. Just a few years ago, there were a limited number of job seekers who were qualified for computer gigs, but that is no longer the case. You need to make sure that you stand out above the rest of the applicants or they may never see how experienced you are, or how well you fit the position.

Creating a great IT resume cover letter starts with brainstorming on what the employer is seeking in their applicants, and seeing if you have those attributes. If you have part of them, focus on the abilities you have. Make yourself sound very desirable and tell them how you are going to be an asset to their company. Tell them exactly why they should hire you, and what you can do for them. This is your time to showcase what you can offer them.

Study closely what the perspective employer is looking for.  A job listing is the best place to start. In order to get the point across that you will be an asset to their company, you will need to know precisely what they are looking for.

Now is your time to show off.  Make yourself look good! Be straight to the point and write with confidence. Employers are drawn to job seekers that are confident.  Don't be afraid to toot your own horn, this is where you would do that. Thank them for their time, and ask them to reach you directly. Tell them you would love to meet with them and go into further detail about your skills. Leave them your name, address and cell number so that they can contact you.

Keep the cover letter long enough to promote yourself, but short enough so that you don't need to include any fluff.  Always be concise and straightforward.  Make sure your resume and cover letter are printed on the same quality of paper, and that the paper is clean. Follow the employer's application guidelines. Follow the correct letter format and always have someone have a look at your letter before you email it. Spelling errors, grammar mistakes can keep you from being interviewed so watch out. Best of luck!


Gail Esparan