When developing a cover letter for a system administrator or project management job opening, expect to primarily focus on the broadness and depth of your technical skills rather than on accomplishments. Although technical managers, directors, and executives impact the “numbers sides of things,” it’s likely most systems administrators, helpdesk professionals, and others in tech support roles will struggle to identify achievements for their cover letters.
IT professionals include system installation, configuration techs, field service, field engineers, computer analysts, helpdesk, project management, and tech support. System professionals: programmers, software/system analysts, database designers, applications writers, software/system engineers. Technical support professionals: call center reps, warehousing specialists, IT trainers, technical writers, technical sales/ business development. Web and e-business supporters: graphic and web designers, webmasters, application developers, e-business directors and managers, and online sales and marketing strategists.
Systems Engineer/Project Manager Cover Letter Sample
Victoria A. Future
33 Woolery Lane, Dayton, OH 45415
Phone: (937) 542-3987 | Email: [email protected]
December 26, 2010
City, State Zip
RE: Project Leader Position
Dear Sir or Madam:
In the last several months, 400,000 employees have been laid off. I am one of those unfortunate souls finding themselves cut after 16 years with the same company.
How do I differ from the other 399,999? I’m a systems engineer and administrator. Not just any SE, but one who has spent the last several years working for a prominent business, learning the ins and outs of the 37th recognized business (Dayton Business Journal) in the Dayton area.Overview of Skills:
- Account Management · Infrastructure Project Mgt. · Manufacturing Systems Support
- Systems Integration · Project Lifecycle · Technological Advancements
- Operations Concepts/Design Field/User Support · Training Seminars/Presentations
- Interface Standards/Deployments · Engineering Processes · System Testing / Troubleshooting
Take 16 years of work history, coupled with the depth and magnitude of my hands-on and field experience, and you’ll agree that I am the right candidate for this position. I have handled complex systems, conducting technical and broad analysis, while always complying with user requirements and specifications.
I will contact you within the next several days to confirm receipt of this information and address any questions. You may contact me at (xxx) xxx-xxxx to schedule an interview.
Thank you for your time.
My thoughts on this example/template
This is a good example, although it seems to me that it has too many “I’s” and too little focus on the reader. But the letter reads nice and is nicely constructed with the writer would be better off with a little less “bragging” and a little more selling. By selling I mean, the writer needs to focus more on the benefits of hiring her versus the litany of features that she includes about herself. And this cover letter may be a little too strong.
This is essentially the same kind of cover letters that Jimmy Sweeney’s Amazing Cover Letter Creator (Template) creates.
More Cover Letter Examples
- Characteristics of Mediocre Cover Letters
- A Nicely Written Cover Letter Example
- A Badly Written Cover Letter Example
- A Simple, Good Looking Cover Letter Template