Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples
IT jobs are very competitive these days. To make your job application stand out, it is important to write a professional, customized cover letter for each job you are applying for. A generic cover letter, especially for a job requiring technical skills, isn't going to help get your application noticed.
A well-written cover letter that offers the employer all the credentials they are seeking will help you secure a job interview.
You might also want to read a few cover letter examples to get ideas for what to include in your cover letter.
Read below for tips on how to write a strong cover letter for an IT job. Also read below for a number of IT cover letter examples, listed by job type.
Tips for Writing a Strong IT Cover Letter
Customize your letter. When you are writing cover letters for information technology positions, make sure that your letters include the specific experience and skills you have that relate to what the employer is seeking in a candidate. Your goal is to show the employer how good a match you are for the specific position.
Use keywords. One way to customize your cover letter is to use keywords and phrases from the job listing in your letter. Circle significant words in the job listing, in particular, the qualifications of the job. If you have experience with any of these requirements, include these words in your cover letter.
For example, if the listing says you need experience with HTML or a particular software, mention these relevant terms in your letter.
Emphasize adding value. Think of times you added value to a company you worked for. Try to think of examples that you can explain using numbers. For example, did you increase traffic to a website by revising the layout?
Did you reduce customer complaints by a certain percentage after fixing a bug in a software program? Even if you cannot explain an achievement using numbers, provide concrete examples of your work achievements.
Consider using bullet points. Even though this is a letter, you might want to use bullet points in your letter. You might begin with an introductory paragraph that explains why you are writing. Then, you can include a bulleted list of reasons why you are ideal for the position. Begin each bullet with an action word. A bulleted list quickly shows the employer how your skills and experiences make you a good fit for the position.
Edit, edit, edit. Some job applicants think spelling and grammar are not important in a cover letter since the job focuses on IT skills. This is not the case. IT jobs are competitive, and sloppy writing will hurt your chances of getting an interview. Many IT jobs also require employees who are strong communicators, and that includes written communication. Proofread your letter thoroughly before sending it, checking for spelling and grammar errors, as well as inconsistencies in your format (such as double spacing half of the letter, and single spacing the other half).
Consider asking a friend or family member to read through your letter as well.
Information Technology (IT) Cover Letter Examples
Review cover letter examples to get ideas for your letters. Be sure to customize your letters for each job application, explaining how your qualifications relate to the criteria listed in the job posting.
Below is a list of information technology cover letters, organized by type of job.
Cover Letter Templates and Formats
Along with examples, you can use templates and formats to help organize your letter.
Use a template or format as a starting point, and then fill it in with information related to the specific job and your qualifications.
Below is a list of cover letter templates and formats, including templates for cover letter emails.
The first thing a potential employer sees in your job application is the cover letter. This doesn't just support your CV – it's an opportunity for you to stand out from the crowd and persuade the recruiter to put you through to the next round.
Be wary of spending hours on perfecting your CV at the expense of your cover letter. If you need some inspiration on what to include and what format to use, here are our helpful guides – just remember not to copy them as exact templates.
1. Standard, conservative style
This is ideal for sectors such as business, law, accountancy and retail. For more creative sectors, a letter like this might be less appealing, and could work against you.
Dear Mr Black,
Please find enclosed my CV in application for the post advertised in the Guardian on 30 November.
The nature of my degree course has prepared me for this position. It involved a great deal of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills. For one course, [insert course], an understanding of the [insert sector] industry was essential. I found this subject very stimulating.
I am a fast and accurate writer, with a keen eye for detail and I should be very grateful for the opportunity to progress to market reporting. I am able to take on the responsibility of this position immediately, and have the enthusiasm and determination to ensure that I make a success of it.
Thank you for taking the time to consider this application and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
2. Standard speculative letter
This may vary according to the nature of the organisation and the industry you're applying to.
Dear Mr Brown,
I am writing to enquire if you have any vacancies in your company. I enclose my CV for your information.
As you can see, I have had extensive vacation work experience in office environments, the retail sector and service industries, giving me varied skills and the ability to work with many different types of people. I believe I could fit easily into your team.
I am a conscientious person who works hard and pays attention to detail. I'm flexible, quick to pick up new skills and eager to learn from others. I also have lots of ideas and enthusiasm. I'm keen to work for a company with a great reputation and high profile like [insert company name].
I have excellent references and would be delighted to discuss any possible vacancy with you at your convenience. In case you do not have any suitable openings at the moment, I would be grateful if you would keep my CV on file for any future possibilities.
3. Letter for creative jobs
We've used the example of a copywriter but you can adapt it for your profession. The aim of a creative letter is to be original and show you have imagination, but understand what the job entails. Balance is essential: don't be too wacky, or it will turn off the reader.
Dear Ms Green,
· Confused by commas?
· Puzzled by parenthesis?
· Stumped by spelling?
· Perturbed by punctuation?
· Annoyed at the apostrophe? (And alliteration?)
Well, you're not alone. It seems that fewer and fewer people can write. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who can read. So they'll spot a gaffe from a mile off. And that means it's a false economy, unless you're 100% sure of yourself, to write your own materials. (Or to let clients do it for themselves.)
To have materials properly copywritten is, when one considers the whole process of publishing materials and the impact that the client wishes to make, a minor expense. Sloppiness loses clients, loses customers.
There is an answer. Me. Firm quotes are free. You can see some of what I do on my multilingual website at [insert web address]. If you'd like, I can get some samples out to you within 24 hours. And, if you use me, you'll have some sort of guarantee that you can sleep soundly as those tens of thousands of copies are rolling off the presses.
Luck shouldn't come into it!
With kindest regards
Other helpful resources
•How to write a perfect CV and cover letter
•Applying for jobs without experience? How to build and sell your skills
•Five steps to the perfect graduate CV
•School-leavers and graduates: how to write your first CV
•How to write a personal statement for your CV
•CV templates to fit every stage of your career
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