Many companies ask you to write a cover letter to accompany your CV when completing the initial stage of the recruitment process. An IT cover letter demonstrates your writing ability, specific IT skills/experience, along with providing the recruiter or hiring manager the chance to find out a little more about you.
We have put together 5 top tips to consider when writing your IT cover letter:
1. Do your research
Similarly to when you’re researching the company for the interview stage, you need to do some research to be able to write your IT cover letter too. Take some time to look into the company values and how they work. Pick out keywords in the job description and company values and think about how you and your skillset demonstrate them.
In theory, your cover letter should be formatted like a formal business letter. You should use easy to read fonts such as Ariel, Calibri or Verdana and keep the font size between 10 and 12. Ensure you use sufficient paragraphs to make it easy to read but be sure to keep it to one page or less.
- An introduction – a clear statement of who you are and the role you are applying for.
- Your current situation – a brief description of what you are doing now and any skills that match the role you are applying for.
- Why you want the job and why you should be hired – here you should sell yourself in the best way you can. Include your skills, qualities, ambitions and anything else you think the hiring manager would be interested to hear.
- Conclusion – to sign off your cover letter you should include a section that states information on how to reach you, including your contact number and email address. Be sure to thank the recruiter or employer for their time and consideration at this stage.
Check for spelling and grammatical errors in your IT cover letter before you send it off. A misspelt word could seriously diminish your chances of you securing the role that you are applying for. It’s always a good idea to get someone else to give it a once-over before you send it off to the recruiter or manager.
4. What should and shouldn't be on your IT cover letter
A cover letter must never be a summary of your CV, it should highlight the most relevant aspects of your CV and complement it. Make sure you keep it concise and focused. For an IT cover letter this is where your specific skillset/experience and your desired field can be discussed in further detail.
5. Sign it off
It’s up to you whether you decide to follow your cover letter up with a phone call or email. If you are, it’s always a good idea to state your intentions in the letter. In terms of sending your cover letter, if you are printing it out and posting it/handing it in, signing it by hand is always a nice touch.