Basically I went to uni and got a degree in accountancy, halfway through my course I decided I didn't like it but throught i'd stick it out. After a failed job search i landed a generic internship, initially to update the website and then they'd find me some other work based on what was available etc. I became attahed to the IT team (and later the finance dept for 40% of my time). in the last 12 months i've started to really enjoy working in IT support and would like to pursue this as a career as opposed to finance.
Now i've found some jobs (and gained advice from the lovely TSR) it's just the application page i've become stuck on. What do i put in my cover letter?
When applying for finance I can talk about my education from GCSE through to degree but i can't do that with IT. I know I can talk about my work experience but don't they want to know about my educational background too? also do i have to justify why I want to make a drastic career change?
Could someone give me some pointers? maybe some bullet points for what to put in the cover letter?
Cover letter for a change of career. Watch
- Thread Starter
- 20-07-2014 23:57
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- CV Helper
- 21-07-2014 00:53
A covering letter has a very simple format. You open with a clear statement that this is an application for x job as advertised in y location. Then 3-4 sentences about why you want to do this sort of work, usually this is about the convergence of your education and interests, in your case you just say something like 'following the opportunity to work in IT for the last year you have realised ....(something positive about your aptitude and enjoyment of some aspect of the work).....
Then you need 3-4 sentences about why this organisation, where you need to show you have done some research about the opportunities it offers. Don't just recount their awards etc, they know how good they are far better than a job applicant.
Then you need a longer paragraphs that gives evidence of your three strongest and most relevant skills. This can draw together points in the CV, and/or add new evidence.
The whole thing should be in standard letter format, no more than one side of A4 and about 350 words long
Posted from TSR MobileLast edited by threeportdrift; 21-07-2014 at 01:04.