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Hello All, I an IT professional with ten years of working experience in the finance and health care industries. Most of IT career has been working with Lotus Notes & Domino, Windows, and all Lotus relate products. Currently I find myself looking for a job and in need of writing the perfect cover letter. Well, I have spend the last couple of weeks trying to write one, but not been able to exactly write that one letter that would stand out from the rest. I could pay $230 to someone to write a letter for me but I rather do it myself with some help.. So my question, does anyone here have a sample IT specific cover letter that I can use to help me find that job which I am currently looking for. Any help will be greatly appreciate?? Thanks

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I have hired a number of technical professionals in the past.

The bad news is that there isn’t a “magic bullet” cover letter out there. The good news is that you *can* write it yourself. Each cover letter is going to be different, since each job and job applicant are different.

Where the purpose of the resume is to get the hiring manager to talk to you, the purpose of the cover letter is to get the screener to look at your resume.

If you are applying for a particular job in response to an ad, use the cover letter to specifically match your skills and experience to the needs expressed in the ad. Use numbers to show how much money or time you saved or earned your organization by your efforts.

If you are applying to an organization to tell them you want to work for them and there is no specific job opening you are targeting, use the same technique. You just won’t be able to match your skills and experience directly to job needs. However, if you do your homework (research the company, use your network to find out where they need help, etc.) before writing the letter and sending the resume, you should be able to find something specific you can talk about.

Above all, don’t spend $230 to have someone do something you can do better yourself. It’s not worth it.

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  • DrillO
    I agree with the previous post 100%.....research is your best tool next to your skills. Personality is also very important, but not at this point. One thing I would add is to shy away from fancy or coloured paper. In most places I know of, this gets resumes thrown in the bin almost immediately. Be professional and to the point. Remeber the person reading the cover letter is not likely to know what the job is about or any of the details. Let your resume cover all that. The cover letter is your chance to introduce yourself and get that all important foot in the door. Don't be cute whatever you do. And.....save your money. Best of luck to you. Paul
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  • Hortiz
    You can do it!!!, just let it flow and be yourself....good luck from my side too...
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  • BarbFe
    I agree with SJKopischke, the cover letter is key to getting your resume beyond the screener. Matching the skills/requirements they are looking for is essential in your cover letter. Keep in mind that the screener most times than not does NOT have the knowledge to truely understand what they are looking for. I have actually had great success using a table format on which one side lists their requirements and the other side lists how I meet their requirement. Good luck on your search!!
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  • 131313
    Thanks to all....I have started writng it....
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  • DrillO
    Let us know how you make out. Best of luck, Paul
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