Growth Trends for Related Jobs
The job outlook for network administrators is very promising and financially rewarding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for network administrators is expected to increase by 28 percent between 2010 and 2020. The average salary for a network administrator is solid too at $76,320 in 2012, according to the BLS. Before hiring you as a network administrator, employers want to know you are qualified to efficiently install, configure and maintain their networks. A professional cover letter is one tool you can use to sell yourself to land the job.
In the first paragraph of your cover letter, state your interest in the position. Tell how you learned about the job vacancy. If you were referred to the company by another employee, mention the name of the employee. Include one sentence to show how your technical expertise can add value to the company. For example, “I am confident that I have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help establish, improve and maintain your company's network infrastructure."
Mention Experience and Certifications
Briefly mention your networking and technical experience in the second paragraph. For instance, you may have experience performing new network installations for businesses, designing technology infrastructures, implementing information security systems, preventive maintenance and network troubleshooting. Mention whether you have experience working with medium to large-sized corporations, and the number of system users on the network. Mention relevant technical certifications you possess such as Cisco Certified Network Professional or Cisco Certified Network Associate.
Use the third paragraph to list a few of your network administrator accomplishments. This is your chance to wow the hiring manager, showing him what a great asset you will be to his team. As an example, you may have been responsible for implementing and upgrading a brand new system or network infrastructure for 30,000 users. Perhaps you saved a company thousands of dollars by suggesting specific network equipment. Maybe you created a new packet sniffer or intrusion detection system. Be careful not to over exaggerate your accomplishments. Only state the facts.
Ask For The Interview
In the closing paragraph, ask for an interview to further discuss your qualifications and credentials. Provide your telephone number and best times to reach you. Thank the employer for considering you as a candidate for the network administrator position. To back up your certification claims, attach a copy of your certifications and professional references to your cover letter and resume. If you are attaching a copy of your certifications and references, mention it in your closing.
2016 Salary Information for Network and Computer Systems Administrators
Network and computer systems administrators earned a median annual salary of $79,700 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, network and computer systems administrators earned a 25th percentile salary of $61,870, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $102,400, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 391,300 people were employed in the U.S. as network and computer systems administrators.
- United States Department of Labor: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Champlain College: Computer Networking & Information Security Sample Cover Letters
- United States Department of Labor: Occupational Employment Statistics
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
- Career Trend: Network and Computer Systems Administrators
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