How looks process of finding job as software developer part 4: How to write good Cover letter?

WARNINGS:

This is a NOT a professional advice.It based on my personal experience only and resources that I read on the internet.It will contain many grammar mistakes.Please drink double espresso and energy drink as an article is long and boring.

 

HOW TO WRITE GOOD COVER LETTER?

It is very rare to write a cover letter in IT industry. I didn’t write any in last 4 years. I wrote a few of them in my life and all of them were rubbish. In my opinion, it is actually waste of time for you and company.

However, so far I learnt that your cover letter should have 5 parts:

  1. Introduction (what you are applying for, where you found info about the job).
  2. Who you are and what skills you have.
  3. Link your skills with experience and match this requirement written in the job specification. It is the most important point.
  4. Explain why above skills are good for the company (mention good news about company found in news or etc.).
  5. Thank you paragraph (where you said thank you for time spent on reading another boring Cover Letter.

and the other useful rules, that I found are:

 

  • The cover letter should be an extension to your bullet points in CV targeted directly to the company that you are applying for.
  • They are very similar rules to CV. (market yourself,  grammar,  formatting  and linking skills with achievements).
  • Write template of your cover letter  (As 3 parts of cover letters are almost always the same. Main different in part about why you choose the company and what you know about a company. It will save you plenty of time!
  • Do not copy and paste cover letters as it is a chance that you will copy stuff, which you don’t want (like other company names). If you make this mistake, then …GAME OVER. (I have done that twice  😦 and it failed me as result ).

 

 

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