Top 9 Cover Letter Tips for IT Pros
Kim Isaacs, Monster Resume Expert
February 16, 2009
How much time do you spend on your cover letter? If the answer is “not much,” you could be missing out on quality interviews. Technology career experts say that a hastily written letter — or worse — no letter at all, could stall your job search. Follow these tips to write a winning letter.
1. Always Send a Letter
The ease of applying online has led many IT professionals to skip sending a cover letter, but that’s a mistake. Mehdi Hanbali, technical recruiter for TEKsystems in San Jose, California, says he rarely receives cover letters, but always reads the ones he gets. “I can tell if the candidate is just shooting over templates to postings,” Hanbali says.
To make your letter stand out, show how you meet or exceed the job requirements. “Always cater your letter to the job description that you are targeting,” says Abigail Eddy McMillan, IT recruiter for Reston, Virginia-based Open Systems Technologies. “When job seekers address the job ad rather than send a generic letter, they are more likely to be interviewed.”