Sample cover letter for a software engineer
If writing a software developer cover letter seems harder than hammering out lines of code, here's a prototype to go by.
Use these tips to write a software engineer cover letter.
If writing a great cover letter for software engineer jobs seems harder than hammering out lines of code, it can help to have a prototype for a software developer cover letter to go by. View our sample cover letter for a software engineer below.
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15 Applegate Way
Sometown, PA 19000
March 21, 2017
VP Technical Services
1224 Main St.
Anytown, PA 55555
Dear Ms. Smith:
Are you searching for a software engineer with a proven ability to develop high-performance applications and technical innovations? If so, please consider my enclosed resume.
Since 2010, I have served as a software engineer for Action Company, where I have been repeatedly recognized for developing innovative solutions for multimillion-dollar, globally deployed software and systems. I am responsible for full lifecycle development of next-generation software, from initial requirement gathering to design, coding, testing, documentation and implementation.
Known for excellent client-facing skills, I have participated in proposals and presentations that have landed six-figure contracts. I also excel in merging business and user needs into high-quality, cost-effective design solutions while keeping within budgetary constraints.
My technical expertise includes cross-platform proficiency (Windows, Unix, Linux and VxWorks); fluency in 13 scripting/programming languages (including C, C++, VB, Java, Perl and SQL); and advanced knowledge of developer applications, tools, methodologies and best practices (including OOD, client/server architecture and self-test automation).
My experience developing user-friendly solutions on time and on budget would enable me to step into a software engineering role at XYZ Company and hit the ground running. I will follow up with you next week, and you may reach me at (215) 555-5555. I look forward to speaking with you.
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Sample Architecture Cover Letter
Here is a sample cover letter that you can use as a starting point. However, remember you are selling your unique story.
UPDATE FROM BRANDON 3/7/2017:
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This is a business letter so use formal block formatting (not indented) paragraphs. Don't forget to include your contact information in the header or footer. Just email and phone number are acceptable, your mailing address is not necessary.
Download the example documents for a formatted sample.
[insert your contact information in header or footer]
October 12, 2015
Mr. Chris Anderson
145 Main Street
Boston, MA 02108
Dear Mr. Anderson:
With this letter, I wish to express my strong interest in working with ABC Architects as a Junior Designer. After three years in design and construction, I believe I would bring several areas of competence to ABC Architects. My resume detailing my professional background is enclosed for your review and consideration.
In my current position, I manage a team of designers and coordinate various consultants and work streams under demanding deadlines. I have contributed to the design of numerous high-rise projects including the First Bank Tower in New York and the Finance Office HQ in Dallas.
Through these and other projects detailed in my resume I am experienced with building materials and systems, sustainability techniques and construction administration on complex projects. I have extensive experience with a broad range of design and management software including AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max and Adobe Suite.
I would very much like to speak with you about the designer opportunities and the ways you can utilize my expertise. Please expect my call on Thursday, October 15th to arrange a convenient time to discuss. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.
James M. Smith
[insert your contact information in header or footer]
Notice it does not say, “I look forward to hearing from you” or “Please call me at your earliest convenience.” You need to be firm and show initiative at this stage.
Submitting the cover letter
There are generally three ways to submit your cover letter:
2. Website submission
3. Mailed hard copy
I generally recommend you include the cover letter in the body of the message if you are applying by email. By keeping the cover letter as part of the email it takes out one step from clicking on two or three separate attachments (cover letter, resume, and sample portfolio.)
There are several options in submitting your application by email, I will have a look at these options and discuss the pros and cons of each method.
Here are the three main “ingredients” of your application
1. Cover letter
3. Sample Portfolio
Option 1: Cover letter in body of email, resume and portfolio attached separately
- Makes it more likely the recipient will read your cover letter if it is just included in the email as opposed to opening the cover letter attachment.
- Keeps the resume and sample portfolio separate so the formatting can be different.
- Makes the package more interesting instead of opening the attachment and seeing a letter, instead of a portfolio image or a well formatted resume.
- The above benefit of the resume and portfolio separate could also be a disadvantage because it creates two separate attachments, increasing the chance they won’t both be opened.
Option 2: Cover letter, resume and portfolio attached separately
- Allows different formatting for each document.
- Allows the hiring manager to skip to whichever document he or she is looking for.
- More things to open and/or lose
Option 3: Cover letter, resume and portfolio combined into one attachment
- Easier to keep track of just one document, but if this email does not include a compelling email body cover letter then the attachment may not be opened at all.
- If you also include the cover letter in the email body AND the attachment it appears redundant when you read the email then open the pdf. This can make it a little trickier if you have different formatting between the three documents, from portrait to landscape for example. However it can make it a little easier for the hiring manager to print or forward if it is all-in-one document.
Some of the large architecture offices will have application submissions on their website. For cover letters in this situation there are generally two options:
1. Attaching a pdf cover letter
Always go with this option first. If they only offer a cover letter text box then that becomes a formatting issue.
2. A text only box
This is usually a plain text box that does not allow formatting, you need to have your cover letter formatted for both html and plain text when applying so they are both clearly readable.
Mailed hard copy
I generally don't recommend submitting hard copies of your applications. However, if you insist on snail mail be sure to print your cover letter on quality white bond paper (that matches your resume) and sign it.
You may want to send it in a waterproof envelope to reduce the chance of it getting wet.
I hope you found this information on architecture cover letters helpful for your next application.
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