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Cover Letters for Tech
I get a lot of questions about cover letters, and there are some specific things you should think about when writing a cover letter for a tech-related job or company. These don’t always apply to cover letters for other industries or organization types, but in the world of technology hiring, here are some things to think about when you put your cover letter together:
1. Start strong. A strong introduction immediately and directly states your primary candidacy for the role in a “thesis” type statement. Something like “as a professional with experience in web design and a passion for front-end development, I’m excited by the idea of using these skills to support Amazon’s business growth.”
2. Keep it short. Recruiters have a lot of resumes and cover letters to read, and so stick to only the essential elements that are needed to convey how you meet the needs of the hiring manager or organization. This might be just 2 paragraphs, it might be up to a page, but be succinct.
3. Address the job requirements. Highlight the reasons you’re qualified in your cover letter, but be specific to the qualifications that are listed or required for that specific job you are applying to. Customize every cover letter, this is not a place to be generic. Be absolutely clear that you are qualified to do this job by speaking to the aspects of the position that are explicitly communicated as important (either in the posted job description or that you’ve learned about by talking to the hiring manager or doing an informational interview about the position).
4. Consider alternative formats to the standard page of paragraphs. Including a bulleted list of your pertinent qualifications, or a chart that shows how you meet the requirements and qualifications listed in the job description can be helpful to demonstrate your candidacy without requiring the recruiter to read lengthy paragraphs.
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