h3%5kr3w Posted June 8, 2010 Share Posted June 8, 2010 Ok, so I am a fresh college graduate being a dual major in computer programing and networking (more emphasized in networking). The job market is looking pretty interesting. Maybe not good, maybe not abundant, but I want to make a strong impact on every job I apply for. First let me say that on the resume, I feel I am golden. I have honed my resume to the best of my ability for what I have to offer, yet of course I have remade it about 7 times.. but the cover letter.. My issue is I cannot fathom how to sell myself. I am an IT guy. I think like an IT guy, but I have NEVER been a sales person. Of course the cover letter is selling yourself, which of course is my weakest link. And all the good googles and bings in the world don't seem to help me. I guess the main issue I am having is I can't stand the idea of "copy, paste". So I want to come up with an original cover letter. I know if I were searching resumes and cover letters and happened to see a line that looked very nicely thought out, searched it and found it to be a blatant copy/paste job, I would think the person is a fake and trash it. That's just me though. Maybe I am being too critical? I know there are a lot of good IT people here. Heck, love me or hate me I have been on this forum for two years now, so I know there are some great minds here. The question of all this is what is acceptable? I know about the faux pas like really bad formatting, excessive colors, lying, and of course grammatical errors (no I don't really use good grammer here) but that's pretty easy to take care of. I am talking about cockyness. What "Sells" you without being cocky? What about personal computer fixes? Should it be thrown out all together? I know you shouldn't say "I fixed my little sisters computer 5 times, and know how to reload windows, and fix computers for all my friends" but should it still be noted that I have had personal interest and self taught good troubleshooting and repair techniques for the past fifteen years? There do not seem to be a how to really for cover letters for IT/entry level network administration. What do you look for in a cover letter? What are some of the things NOT to do in an entry level cover letter? Any help is greatly appreciated. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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