IT Cover Letter Sample

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Your IT cover letter is important to spend your time on. This means thinking through what should go in it. Spending the time to write it with clarity, brevity, accuracy, and proof-red. IT or Information Technology is one of the fastest-growing industries. It also one of the most competitive industries in terms of job placement and employment.

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Cover Letters and Your Employment

While cover letters are important to write, important to make part of your job application assets, and important to strategize. They do not guarantee that you’ll receive the job.

In fact, most hiring managers won’t look at your cover letter. There is a high likelihood that most of them will not look at it.

But a few will. And those that do should read your cover letter in a way that helps to align the potential interview questions they may ask when you interview with them.

For example, when you speak to prior work achievements or speak to prior certifications, you are giving an opportunity to your future interviewer to question you about them. Which is good.

You can help to push your interviewer towards a direction that you want. This is what makes cover letters important and what makes them effective when they’re read.

Strategizing Your Cover Letter

The best way to strategize your cover letter is to read through the job description. Inside the job description usually contains hints or insights into what the employer is valuing.

For example, they may mention certain job functions or responsibilities that can lead you towards mentioning particular soft skills that you have.

If they were to mention the responsibility of working with multiple teams, you may want to mention your adaptability skills.

The job description may also mention specific requirements which can give you insights into what achievements to mention.

If they were to mention a requirement of being “performance-based” or being able to be “solution-driven” then you’ll have some insight into what type of prior work experiences to mention.

We call this “targeting” your cover letter. This is where you are spending the time to think through why your future employer is asking for specific responsibilities and requirements and then trying to speak to those in your cover letter, resume, and interview.

IT Certifications to Mention in Your Cover Letter

Mentioning certifications that you’ve received with extracurricular education can be an impactful way to present to your future employer that you are passionate about your position. As well as showing them that you are well qualified for the position.

Below are the best types of certifications to mention. This can give you an idea of what certifications you may want to pursue. Or which certifications to mention if you have any.

IT Cover Letter Sample

Below is a sample IT cover letter to give you an example of how to position some prior work achievements as well as how to speak to your passion for the position. This does not contain any targeting to the job description, be sure not to copy and paste this verbatim as it will not be effective.

Julie Noles

June 1st, 2013

Dear Mr. Hiccup —

IT is the support system that ensures that we're able to continue to operate our business. Most of our business comes through networking, engineering, information technology, and more. Without that, efficiency and being able to compete in the marketplace wouldn't be possible. Knowing that is what has drawn me to IT and why I have a strong passion for wanting to work with you at this company. Here is what I've been able to accomplish:

Supported more than 15 different teams with their IT needs both during working hours and during non-working hours.
Been a pivotal player in developing the companies IT process and how we handle errors or network outages.
Assisted in hiring more than 5 other IT professionals and performing training.

I look forward to interviewing with you. If there is any information that you'd like to see that I didn't include in my application, please feel free to contact me and I will return that to you as soon as possible.

Ian Smith

IT Cover Letter Template

Below is a template that you can use to copy and paste and then fill in, with the strategies mentioned above. Be sure that you customize this template to your needs as well as to the job description.

[Your name]
[Your email]
[Your phone number]
[Job position title]

[Today’s Date]

Dear Mr/Mrs [Last Name]

I am writing this because I found your online job listing for [job title] compelling. I have at least [x years] previous experience working as a [job title]. There are many reasons why I feel I'm a good fit for the position. But before I jump into that, I'd like to tell you why I feel compelled to apply at [company name]. The ethics and values of the organization, such as [value/ethics mention] and [value/ethics mention] fit with my personal background. And I would love to share that with you when I interview.

During my previous work experience, I was able to accomplish a few milestones which are applicable to this job. Those are:

[Bullet point regarding previous accomplishments that are targeted to the company]
[Bullet point regarding previous accomplishments that are targeted to the company]
Bullet point regarding previous accomplishments that are targeted to the company]

I look forward to interviewing with you. If there is any information that you'd like to see that I didn't include in my application, please feel free to contact me and I will return that to you as soon as possible.

[Your name]
[Your handwritten signature]

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Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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