You are looking for a job in the IT area and have everything you need for starting an IT career. Your CV is ready, self-confidence is gained, what else could be missing? What about a cover letter? After many years and so many big changes in the IT world, a cover letter is still a necessity for any serious job seeker. How to write a good one, what should be included and what else you don’t want to miss? – check this out in the blog post below.
Recruiters and HR Managers are asking themselves every year – is a cover letter still so important for making a job decision between several candidates? The answer has still not changed for all these years – Yes.
A cover letter is also a great way for job seekers to focus and to understand what exactly they want and what job offer and company they are searching for. It is a way to add personalized communication to the job application process. And a cover letter explains the most important parts of your resume and explains why you would be a perfect fit for a specific IT job opening and company. Check some of the expert tips on writing a better cover letter.
1. Tell More About Your Personality
A cover letter could be an addition to CV where you can truly show who you are and what your personality is. This could be really important when a hiring manager is trying to decide whether you will be a good fit culturally within a company or not.
2. Better Explain Why The Company Should Hire Exactly You
A cover letter is a good way to tell more about your qualifications that you described in your CV and how you can fit these qualifications to the job vacancy. If you had an experience in a different role, then show the suitability of how you could better apply your professional skills.
3. Show That You Have Prepared
This kind of a letter is among those that should be short but also show that you know the company and the job opening which you’re applying for. Spend some time doing some research and make sure that you’ve highlighted your efforts in the cover letter.
4. Keep it Short and Brief
Taking in mind that it’s better to describe your experience, a cover letter should remain professional. Keep your cover letter no longer than one page. Almost 70% of employers wanted a cover letter of less than a full page and about 25% said the shorter the better.
5. Pay Strong Attention to Details
Nothing says ‘you’re not a right choice for us’ like a cover letter filled with spelling or grammar mistakes. These mistakes say to an employer that you don’t pay much attention to detail, that you don’t care enough to do a good job, that you’re uneducated or that you’re not bright enough for this job. Make sure punctuation, grammar, and spelling are all correct, as well as double-checking such details as the employer, job, and company name you’re applying for.
6. Send It To The Right Person
Address a cover letter directly to the hiring manager or recruiter, or just to the person who is making the decisions about inviting applicants to a job interview. As a rule, you can find the correct person on the job posting. But if the person’s name isn’t in the job listing, take the extra effort to call or email the company and find out.
7. Explain Relocation or Apply Locally
If you’re applying far from where you live, you’d better explain why in a cover letter. Your explanation should express your excitement about your possible relocation. Wanting to move to a new city to expand your horizons is a good enough reason.
8. Use Good Manners
Politeness is one of the skills that is always seen as a good value. At the end of a cover letter, thank the hiring manager or the recruiter for reading it and for looking over your CV.
9. Position Yourself for Success
Don’t position yourself as a weak or desperate person. Position yourself as an excellent choice in a competitive field. Identify one or two qualities you are better at than most other people. And emphasize those qualities. Present them as strengths and center your application around those strengths. If you can’t find anything that makes you different and better, then someone else will and probably get the job instead of you.
10. Close The Cover Letter with an Action Statement
Tell the reader of the cover letter what you’re going to do next – for example, calling in a week or two to follow up. And let them know that you’re really waiting to hear back from them soon.
If your CV and cover letter are already ready, then don’t waste your time, check the job openings at Softheme and send your CV and cover letter to our HR managers at firstname.lastname@example.org
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