Often a job application for an IT or other technical job doesn't require a formal cover letter. A brief cover email may be all you need to introduce your attached resume. In fact, many technical job postings say "Send resume" without mentioning a cover letter. This implies that an attached cover letter is not needed.
If your email is a follow-up to a meeting or phone call, it's a good idea to remind your reader about your previous conversation. This was especially true for Pam (see email below) who met Mr. Green at a job fair. He must have met hundreds of job seekers at the fair, so Pam was smart to tickle Mr. Green's memory about her conversation with him.
About This Follow-Up Cover Letter
This follow-up cover letter had three goals:
- Establish a personal connection.
- Introduce an attached resume.
- Initiate a next step.
Notice how Pam achieved all three of her goals in a friendly and professional way:
- In her first paragraph she reminds Mr. Green of their chat that morning.
- In her second paragraph she alerts him to her attached resume.
- In her third paragraph she tells him she'll call the next day.
Cover Letter for IT Position
Here's the email Pam sent to the recruiter.
Dear Mr. Green,
I'm very glad I met you at the career fair this morning. I especially enjoyed learning that you and my former professor at Dartmouth, Ms. Kane, are associates.
Because I know you plan to fill the IT position quickly, I am emailing you my resume, which is attached.
I'll call you tomorrow to be sure you got all that you need for my application.