How to Write a Cover Letter for a Computer Technician

by Rebecca Gilbert

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer support technicians average approximately $46,260 annually. When applying to a computer technician position, a well-written cover letter shows the employer you communicate well when you fix technical issues. While a college degree isn't required, there are certifications available to show the employer you're proficient in the computer skills needed for this position. The CompTIA A+ certification is the most common.

The Basics

A cover letter begins with the typical letter basics: the date, address, recipient's name, and a salutation. If there isn't a specific recipient, and you cannot find a name to address the letter, use "hiring manager" as a last resort. However, it's always best to locate a name via the company website or by calling the company to ask for one. An e-mailed cover letter doesn't require the date or address before the recipient's name. Before printing or e-mailing a cover letter with your resume, re-read and spell-check it. Errors make you look unprofessional.

First Paragraph

The first lines of your opening paragraph state the name of the position and where you saw it posted. For example, "I am replying to your position for a computer technician listed in the ABC Newspaper." Indicate what skills you have that relate to the job and say why you're interested in the company. Doing research online or on the company website will help you to state a good reason. This paragraph should only be about four or five sentences long.

Bullet Points

After the introductory paragraph, indicate you have skills in the requested areas listed in the job description, and create a bulleted list to highlight them. This is a short list of the technical skills described on your resume. Briefly describe major achievements and certifications that show your abilities as a computer technician. List your skills working with company networks or private clients, depending on whether you freelanced or worked in a corporate environment. If a recruiter skims this section, he should be able to quickly see your past work experience.

Closing Paragraph

As you close your cover letter, tell the recruiter you appreciate her time and that you look forward to hearing from the company. Indicate that your resume is attached for further review, or pasted below, if you are e-mailing the resume without attachments. Let the recruiter know your availability and contact information. If you have contact information for the hiring manager, indicate when you'll follow up with them -- usually within a week. Remember that your cover letter only highlights your resume and shouldn't list everything you've ever done.

About the Author

Rebecca Gilbert began writing and transcribing in 2003. In 2007, she started a resume-writing company. She earned an associate degree in sociology from Pima College and a bachelor's degree in communications at University of Wisconsin. Gilbert also does tech support for a major technology company and volunteers locally teaching job-seeking skills.

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