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IT jobs are expected to grow by half a million in the next few years. Increase your chances of landing an interview by carefully crafting an IT cover letter sample into a winning document that showcases your exceptional computer skills. Use our cover letter builder and letter-writing tips to help craft a compelling document.

What Is an Information Technology Role?

There are many jobs within the information technology industry, from general technical support to programming and database creation. Due to varying job duties, employers look for different skills and experience. However, all IT professionals share some common skills, such as computer knowledge and communication. It’s a misconception that people in the IT industry don’t interact with others, so showcase your comprehensive communication skills by relating how you’ve clearly explained complex tech solutions to clients who weren’t tech-savvy.

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Information Technology Cover Letters

Elevate Your Cover Letter

The most common sections you’ll see on a cover letter include:

Cover Letter Sections

Input your personal contact information into the heading of your cover letter, including your phone number and email address. If you choose to include your location, it’s OK to include your general location or city and state rather than a full address.

Recent studies by the Harvard Business Review revealed that hiring managers developed a bias against people with long commutes — if your address is outside a certain radius, you might lose an amazing opportunity by providing a postal address.

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    Heading

    Avoid generic greetings that sound like you’re not interested enough in the IT position to research the company and personalize your greeting with the name of the person looking to hire. Ideally, you'll start with your preferred search engine and look for the company’s IT department head. If nothing comes up, you can investigate via the company’s social media channels like LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram. If all else fails, you can always cast an inquiry through your general network and ask if anyone has connections to the company that can verify a name for you.

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      Greeting

      Snag immediate attention by including relevant keywords based on specific job application requirements to demonstrate that you understand what the IT job entails. To further strengthen your cover letter, you should also include one example of your skills, combined with a quantifiable metric, and indicate that you can accomplish similar wins in the open job.

      Our sample applicant, Mr. Oron Cratsley, partially achieves this in his introduction. He lets the hiring manager, Mr. Fowler, know which of his skills align with the needs of the job. However, he fails to include a quantifiable metric in his introduction. This means that Mr. Fowler has to take Mr. Cratsley at his word. Since trust hasn’t been established between these professional strangers, it’s less likely that Mr. Cratsley will be invited to interview.

      You can upstage candidates like Mr. Cratsley by mentioning a professional accomplishment that directly aligns with the needs of the roles.

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        Introduction

        Expand on your intro with one or two precise examples tying the job requirements to your professional experience. Match these details to your resume to ensure relevance and accuracy across the board.

        Our sample applicant, Mr. Cratsley, could improve his cover letter with quantifiable metrics like the number of customers served, an increase in customer satisfaction, or increase network speed from updating databases. He vaguely mentions all of these accomplishments in this sample, but he fails to give any details around the accomplishment

        The hiring manager could be left thinking, “Did network speeds double or increase tenfold?” “Did an increase in customers served clear the company’s backlog and by how much?” Without this information, the hiring manager isn’t likely to pursue Mr. Cratsley as a viable candidate.

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          Body

          End your cover letter by leaving no doubt of your interest in the job, thanking the reader for their time and offering a polite invitation for future communication.

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            Closing

            Good IT professionals are known for their attention to detail. Ensure you don’t hurt your job interview chances by submitting a cover letter with spelling or grammatical errors. Get a friend or professional to double-check it for you.

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              Proofread

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