When you are writing cover letters for information technology positions, make sure that your letters include the specific experience and skills you have that correlate to what the employer is seeking in a candidate. Your cover letter will not only establish that you are formally applying, but it also allows you to show your employer that you are the right person for the job.
Many IT professionals send online job applications without a cover letter. Don’t commit such mistakes! Your resume should always accompany a well-drafted cover letter that shows your passion and interest. Be concise, while writing cover letters. Busy hiring managers don’t have time to read your life’s story. Highlight your technical skills, certifications etc. to grab their attention.
What to include in your cover letter?
For tech jobs, it’s important to show that you have the credentials that employers are seeking in their next new hire. Your goal is to show the employer how good a match you are for the position, either by itemizing your qualifications in a bulleted list or incorporating them in paragraph form in your letters.
If you are using an IT cover letter template that invites you to fill in information into pre-prepared fields to automatically create a letter containing your information beware. Such a cover letter won’t convince the hiring manager why he/she should invite you for an interview. If you are applying for the specific position, for example, IT job description, which asks for 5 years of experience with VB .NET or skills with HTML, Java scripts, your cover letter should specify which qualifications you have. If you have related certifications and education, mention them as well.
In addition, be sure that your resume includes all your related qualifications. Highlight them in your “Skills” section or in a resume summary statement. You should customize your letters for each job application, explaining how your qualifications relate to the criteria listed in the job posting.