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3 things to consider when writing a motivation letter for IT jobs in Switzerland

Your CV is up to date; you even took a new photo for it and updated all your documents and records. Now all that’s missing is the motivation letter. A small thing, right?

 

Not quite, unfortunately. There are a few points you should consider when writing your application letter, since it can make the difference if you are one of several candidates who are similarly qualified. 

 

Your letter of motivation should show the company representatives the following:

 

1. Why are you the right person for the vacant position

2. Why do you think the company and the job are right for you

 

We will show you what three things you should consider when writing a motivation letter, so you will soon land that dream job of yours.

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1. Tone, language and writing style

Although the tone in the IT world is rather easy-going, you should remain formal in your application letter. So, start with “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen” and close with “Best Regards”. If there is a specific contact person, write to them directly. For example: “Dear Mr Meyer”. 

 

It is also important you choose the same language for your letter as the language in which the IT job offer is written. If the company advertised the job in English, the application letter must also be written in English. Of course, you should also adapt curriculum vitae accordingly. 

 

How you write, i.e. the style of writing is also a point you need to consider. Although the employer is not interested in hiring a copywriter or writer, there should be no spelling mistakes in the letter. In principle, the emphasis should be on simple sentences. It is always a good idea, to get someone to proofread your letter. In addition, grammarly.com for example offers a useful free online proofreading service. 

 

Of course, you will have to include technical terms in the CV. Nevertheless, the sentences should be as simple and understandable as possible so that even a recruiter with less technical knowledge can understand the points you want to get across.

2. Structure of an IT Motivation Letter

Almost all letters of motivation follow a similar structure. We have prepared a template motivation letter for you, which you can download here and fill with your own text. Make sure that the size does not exceed one page. Recruiters receive dozens of applications daily and have little time to evaluate them. It is therefore important that your cover letter is short and concise.

Address, Contact Details, Date, title and salutation

Start with your contact details and address, followed by the company details and the place and date. This is followed by a title line where you mention the title of the position you are applying for and the salutation. 

 

If the contact person is mentioned in the job advertisement, add this name to the address and salutation. If she or he is not mentioned, you can safely omit her. Calling the company just to ask who to write to in the application letter will cost you and the recruiters unnecessary time and is not worth it.

Motivation for the position

After the salutation, you describe your motivation for the advertised position. Answer the question why you are applying to this company and why you find the job interesting. 

 

If someone from the company recommended the job to you, mention this here as well.

Why are you the right person for the job?

Here you explain why you are the right person for the advertised position and the company. The aim is to link your resume and the job advertisement. 

 

Where have you already gained experience that will help you in your new position? What added value do you bring with you?

 

It may also be worthwhile to briefly point out projects where you have already used the technologies mentioned in the job description.

 

If essential skills are missing from your CV, here is your chance to explain why you still think you are the perfect fit for this position.

Conclusion

Finally, you should again point out that you are very interested in the position and the company and that you would be happy to receive an invitation for an interview.

 

Important: Don’t forget to double-check the whole letter of application. Have you adjusted the company name, address, title and salutation? Or are there maybe any data from previous applications in it?

3. The Design of a Motivation Letter for IT Jobs

The design or layout of your letter should be visually appealing. Formally you should more or less follow the letter template described above. There is also a certain amount of space for creativity and design in motivation letters. Just try not to overdo it. 

Less is more in design of your motivation letter
Less is more: don't overdo it when designing the application letter.

However, small, clever design elements can make your cover letter for IT jobs stand out from the competition. Why not include the logo of the potential employer in the letter? 

 

Another approach would be to use the company’s font or use the company’s colour scheme for the cover letter. But be careful! The letter should still look professional and not like the birthday invitation of your 10-year-old brother. 

 

So if you don’t have a knack for design, go for the classic letter without any frills. Also, keep in mind that there are several design templates that you can download online. 

 

Our tip: Try to enhance the letter with small design elements and ask for feedback from your friends.

Bonus Tip: Brevity is the Key

A letter of motivation should be short, concise and structured. You will see that it is often much more difficult to keep it short than to write a long, extravagant letter.

Focus on the most important points of the job description and explain exactly why you are interested in this particular position and what you bring to the job. Put yourself in the shoes of your future manager. What would you like to know in her/his place to answer the two questions mentioned earlier:

 

1. Why are you the right person for the vacant position

2. Why do you think the company and the job are right for you

 

If you focus on this, you will create an excellent cover letter that will convince your future employers.

Good luck!

Do you still need help to create your CV or prepare for the interview? You can find more information here:

 
 

All you need to know to prepare for your IT interview in Switzerland

You want to turn the tables and want companies to bid for your profile in an online auction? Simply apply to be part of the next shortlist of software developer talents to be put up for auction and receive offers from top employers in Switzerland.