How to write a cover letter for IT

by fred 29. June 2010
Having quite desirable skills in the IT field is  vital, but it won't be helpful if your resume is neglected.  You need to give the HR a reason to look at your resume.  A cover letter is what is used to catch their attention so that they will want to read your resume.

Most employers currently get too many applicants to bother reading each resume they get. If they pick up a resume and it has a great cover letter, chances are they will want to read more.  After reading a fantastic cover letter, they might call you in for an interview. The point of a good cover letter is to get you in and get an interview scheduled. Many times, it is the cover letter that will help you get the job. If they like what you say in your letter, they may let certain qualifications slide, and invite you in anyway.

The IT field is becoming very challenging and make it difficult to get a good job. Not that long ago, there were a short number of people who were qualified for computer gigs, but that is no longer the case. You need to make sure that you stand out or they may never see how experienced you are, or how well you match the position.

Creating a good IT resume cover letter starts with brainstorming on what the employer is seeking in their applicants, and figuring out if you have those skills. If you have part of them, focus on the attributes you do have. Make yourself look very desirable and tell them how you are going to be an asset to their company. Tell them specifically why they need to 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 description is the best place to begin. In order to show them 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 shine! Be straight to the point and write confidently. Employers are drawn to candidates that are sure of themselves.  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 contact you directly. Tell them you would love to meet with them and go into further detail about your skills. Leave them your nameand contact information so that they can contact you.
 
Keep the cover letter long enough to promote yourself, but short enough where you won't need to include any fluff.  Always be concise and straightforward.  Make sure your resume and cover letter are printed on the same type of paper, and that the paper is neat. Follow directions of how the employer wants you to submit your resume. Follow the appropriate letter format and always have someone proofread your letter before you email it. typos, grammar mistakes can keep you from being interviewed so watch out. Best of luck!

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