Software Developer Cover Letter and Resume Example

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If you are applying for a job as a software developer, you will likely need to send a cover letter along with your resume submission.

Think of your cover letter as a place to 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.

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.

A cover letter also offers you an opportunity to explain why you are interested in this particular position, at this particular company.

Read on for an example of a cover letter for a software developer position. The applicant's resume is below—note how the cover letter doesn't duplicate the resume. Instead, it highlights important aspects that relate to the job at hand. Use this sample cover letter as inspiration while crafting your own letter.

Software Developer Cover Letter Example

You can use this sample as a model to write a software developer cover letter. Download the template (compatible with Google Docs and Word Online), or read the text version below.

software developer cover letter sample
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Cover Letter Example (Text Version)

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Company Name
City, State Zip Code

Dear HR Manager:

This letter is to express my interest in your posting on 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

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.


Your Signature (hard copy letter)

Typed Name

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.

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.

Screenshot of a software developer resume example
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Resume Example (Text Version)

Anthony Applicant
567 North Street
Boston, MA 02108
(123) 456-7890


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, Mass.
SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (June 2016— Present)
Part of the HeroTech.Net technology team.

Responsible for:

  • Development updates using and ASP.NET.
  • Supporting releases developed in ASP.

SOFTWARE ENGINEER (May 2014— May 2016)
Project manager on the San Manager team.
Responsible for:

  • Developing the latest release of San Manager using C++ and Java.
  • Assisting in the framework design of San Manager using J2EE technologies.

BOOTCAMP (January 2014—March 2014)
Participated in intensive, three-month leadership, management, and development training program.


  • Master of Science in Information Technology, 2016
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 2014

Additional Ways to Impress Hiring Managers

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.