While it can seem like a hassle or extra step to write a cover letter, think of this as an opportunity. In your cover letter, you'll be able to show why you're interested in the role and also why you're a good fit for the role. Here's what to keep in mind, and a sample that can provide inspiration as you write your cover letter.
What to Include in Your Cover Letter
All cover letters, whether sent through the mail or via email, possess the same basic sections.
- Salutation: If at all possible, include the name of a contact person in your greeting.
- The body of the email: Here, you'll mention why you're writing and share your qualifications. You'll also want to end by thanking the recipient for their time.
- Closing: Just as you greeted the letter recipient politely, you'll also want to include a polite end to the note.
You'll also need to include your contact information, which is presented differently in email and printed cover letters. For emailed cover letters, you'll need to include a clear subject line as well.
Tips for Writing a Software Developer Cover Letter
Your cover letter is an introduction to you as a candidate. That means you'll want to use this space to show why you're the right fit for this software developer role. In your letter, aim for the following:
Showcase your most relevant skills. For instance, if the job calls for experience in a certain programming language, you can mention your certification or projects you have built using that language.
Read through the job description carefully to get a sense of which of your skills and experiences will be most important to hiring managers.
Highlight soft skills, too. Companies may be interested in how you work with others and how you would fit in with the company culture, in addition to your coding knowledge. In your cover letter, it might be helpful to draw attention to projects you've worked on—or led. Communication skills are also in high demand, so if you can share examples that show you are a strong communicator, do so.
Explain your interest. In your letter, you can also show that you have knowledge of the company. Plus, you can use this space to explain why you are interested in this particular position, at this particular company.
Software Developer Cover Letter Example
Here is an example of a cover letter for a software developer position. You can also see the applicant's resume. The cover letter highlights important aspects from the resume that relate to the job at hand.
Observe how the applicant doesn't duplicate the resume within the cover letter. You should do the same.
Use this sample cover letter as inspiration while crafting your own letter. You can download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version.
Cover Letter Example (Text Version)
567 North Street
Boston, MA 02108
March 9, 2021
Chief Technology Officer
123 Business Rd.
Business City, NY 54321
Dear Mr. Lee:
This letter is to express my interest in your posting on Dice.com for an experienced Software Developer. With a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Master’s degree in Information Technology, and hands-on experience using .Net languages to create and implement software applications, I am confident I will be an asset to your organization.
I enjoy being challenged and engaging with projects that require me to work outside my comfort and knowledge set, as continuing to learn new languages and development techniques are important to me and the success of your organization.
Your listed requirements closely match my background and skills. A few I would like to highlight that would enable me to contribute to your bottom line are:
- Highly skilled in designing, testing, and developing software
- Thorough understanding of data structures and algorithms
- Knowledgeable of back-end development best practices
- Hands-on software troubleshooting experience
- Proven track record of proper documentation for future maintenance and upgrades
I’ve attached a copy of my resume that details my projects and experience in software development. I can be reached anytime via my cell phone, 555-555-5555 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.
Signature (hard copy letter)
Sending an Email Cover Letter
If you're sending your cover letter via email, list your name and the job title in the subject line of the email message:
Subject: Software Developer Position - Your Name
Include your contact information in your email signature, and don't list the employer contact information. Start your email message with the salutation. Here's how to format an email cover letter and more details on sending an email cover letter.
Software Developer Resume Example
This is an example of a software developer resume. Download the software developer resume template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online) or see below for more examples.
Resume Example (Text Version)
567 North Street
Boston, MA 02108
Experienced designing and developing software for business solutions
Software engineer with experience in multiple settings can design and develop programs using the latest and most appropriate technology.
Key skills include:
- Languages: C++, Java, C, .Net, SQL
- Applications: MS Visual Studio, Eclipse
- Application servers: JBoss, Tomcat
- Operating systems: Windows, Unix, Linux
- Database systems: SQL Server, MySQL, Ingres
- Certifications: CCNA, Unicenter Engineer
HERO TECH, Cambridge, MA
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (June 2020—Present)
Part of the HeroTech.Net technology team.
- Development updates using VB.net and ASP.NET.
- Supporting releases developed in ASP.
ABC ASSOCIATES, Boston, MA
SOFTWARE ENGINEER (May 2018—May 2020)
Project manager on the San Manager team.
- Developing the latest release of San Manager using C++ and Java.
- Assisting in the framework design of San Manager using J2EE technologies.
ABC ASSOCIATES, Boston, MA.
BOOTCAMP (January 2018—March 2018)
Participated in intensive, three-month leadership, management, and development training program.
EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE, Boston, MA
- Master of Science in Information Technology, 2020
- Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 2018
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At a later stage of your job application process, you might be asked to present recommendation letters. A well-written recommendation letter will highlight your professional expertise, your unique strengths, and qualities as an employee and the reasons why you would make a great team member in the company.
Reach out to former employers, managers or even coworkers with these tips on how to write reference letters for your specific needs.