Cover letter for IBM(3 samples)

This article will list samples of “cover letters for IBM.”

Examples of cover letters for IBM

When applying for an IBM position, your cover letter is an opportunity for you to tell your story, without being stuck in the formatting constraints of the resume. The best format for writing a cover letter is:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient).” If you do not know the recipient’s name, you can refer to them as the hiring manager.
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Make a brief statement about why you’re interested in the position. Write a paragraph about why you are the perfect candidate for the job.
  • State your skills and work experience. Ensure your skills and experiences are similar to the job position. When highlighting skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position with you further.”

Sample 1:

“Dear X,

after first hearing about IBM’s graduate scheme I was impressed on how much emphasis is placed on professional development, mentoring and coaching. I see this graduate scheme as an excellent opportunity to utilise my technical skills and further expand my knowledge with the help of this program’s training possibilities. I am holding a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems with emphasis on process and compliance management and I am currently obtaining a Master’s degree in Management of Information Technology where I am focusing on human computer interaction. Throughout my studies I learned the programming languages Java and Python and I gained profound knowledge of database management in Access and SQL. I have diverse experience in working in IT departments of different companies and industries.

When dealing with challenging problems I am a creative thinker who likes to look out for new ways to solve them. This is why IBM’s business approach of solving problems by using new technologies and promoting innovation is very appealing to me. I am particularly interested in the role of a technical consultant as it gives wide variety in work opportunities especially when dealing with clients from different industries. This role will allow me to use my technical abilities but also being involved in projects at client’s site where my analytical and communication skills will be useful.”

Sample 2:

“Dear Sir or Madam,

My name is XXX and I am writing to apply for your Technology Placement that I found advertised on I am a second year student studying BSc Computing at XXX.

My interest in IBM stems from my passion for technology. The research and innovation that has been conducted over the last few years fascinates me. My interest in Bitcoin led to me stumbling upon IBM’s research into block chain-based systems, a technology that will benefit corporations worldwide by securing data stores against tampering. This is merely one example of what ignited my passion towards securing this role.

The nature of my degree has prepared me for this position by introducing me to the essential computing concepts relevant in business today. Assignments and projects have developed my skills in website design, database development, systems analysis and more. Furthermore they have enhanced my capacity to work in a team by testing us to produce technical solutions to business related issues. My latest modules are based around computer and Internet security expanding my knowledge in an area of computing becoming increasingly more paramount.My enthusiasm and strong work ethic has been developed from managing my studies as well as part-time work, this enables me to stay focused in achieving my goals. My ability to think laterally and my problem solving skills coupled with my excellent customer-faced experience will enable me to work together with clients to produce solutions that they desire.

I would be most grateful if you could consider me for this position. I will be available for an interview at any time. Please find enclosed my CV where you will find further information.”

Sample 3:

“Dave Auskabelish

+99999 99999

Nikki Anonymized

IBM Client Innovation Centre

Recruiting and Talent sourcing

Why me?

As presented in my CV, my university life was filled with side-project activities, competition participations and internship experiences. All these extracurricular activities brought not only awards and CV-friendly features, but more importantly, invaluable experiences, books and concepts I would not have tried otherwise, and project based thinking with a can-do attitude. However, life is an ongoing journey and I keep learning and exploring, currently doing online courses in Innovation Management (Coursera), The Art of Storytelling (Khan Academy) and Digital Marketing (LinkedIn learning).

Why IBM- Client Innovation Centre?

I started thinking about IBM as a career possibility this spring/summer, when I managed to successfully present myself with a winning solution of a project for IBM Slovakia – “Are you living in reality” (see Besides that, what I appreciate and what aligns with my work-life attitude and IBM is project based work, design thinking principles, can do spirit, room for creativity, and a work approach of combining art, science and technology. 

Why this role?

Client’s behaviour changes with the leading generations, social status and life preferences. Strong economically active current (millennials) and future (Generation Z) generations find digital as natural. They do not buy things, yet experience. They like alternatives, experiments and freedom. Companies do recognize these shifts and keep innovating and customising their strategies in order to meet the clients’ very needs. Job of the innovation-evangelist is to comprehend, create and deliver compelling solutions.

My practical experience might be categorised in three blocks:

Creating solutions for given company problems – using a platform, I have been working on real-life problems of particular companies including banks, reinsurance company, hospital holding company, Adidas, and IBM. This work combined research, customer identification and development, creative and out-of-the box solutions implementing entrepreneurial thinking, client orientation and feasibility of the solutions. 

Working on my own business project – as part of my internship at Crowdfundinghub in Amsterdam, I was working on my business project regarding office snack delivery. This work put me in the shoes of the entrepreneur and I used this time for stakeholder interviewing, prototyping and overall business model generation and creation. While applying design thinking and lean business model canvas, I managed to change the initial hypothesis and kept iterating based on the stakeholders’ feedback. On top of that, I learned the fundamentals of graphic design, online app prototyping, paper prototyping, and basics of Adobe Illustrator.

Working for a startup as part of my master thesis – I was responsible for the overall go-to market strategy of the Honeylog startup – cyber security solutions for computer network. This work combined the spirit of the previous two blocks and, in addition, team work, communication with investors and funding seeking.

Concluding note

Dear recruiting team, I have introduced the three hiring reasons why I am applying for a graduate trainee position. Since I have been living in three different countries and was part of various international groups, I think that this adaptability together with the presented skills and personal traits are suitable for this position and IBM culture itself.

Thank you for considering my application and I look forward to hearing from you

With Kindest Regards”

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I write a cover letter for any position?

  • Make it job-specific. 
  • Highlight your accomplishments.
  • Mention your qualifications.

What words should not be used in a cover letter?

Words and phrases to avoid in your cover letter:

  • “I’m confident I’m the perfect person for the job.” 
  • “I need this job because … ” 
  • “I’m requesting a salary of … ” 
  • “To whom it may concern:”

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