What makes your cover letter stand out to employers?

Senior Technical Recruiter, Indeed
J. Palmer

I’m an experienced recruiter and I’ve been a hiring manager, too. I’ve seen the same mistakes again and again throughout my career. But if you take a little extra time to avoid these common problems, your cover letter should really stand out!

Remember these four questions to help you write a successful cover letter and get hired:

  • Why do you want to work for the company? What interests you about them?
    • Talk about how your personality and skills align with what they do
  • Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?
    • Write about how your past work, life experiences and skills meet the important requirements of the job
  • How are you personalizing this cover letter sample?
    • Tailor your cover letter to the job you’re applying for
    • Address the cover letter to whoever will be reading it. If you don’t know who will be reading it, you can address it as “To the Hiring Committee” or “To the Hiring Manager”
  • Have you proofread your cover letter?
    • Make sure to check for correct spelling and grammar before sending out your cover letter!

[Your Name]
September 17, 2019

  • [Phone Number]
  • [e-mail]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I’m so excited to be applying for the open Software Developer position with Seaside Technology. I’ve always been amazed by how much computers can help automate and systemize simple tasks. I designed my first program at just 16 years old. It was an automated database system to help me keep track of which of my books I had lent to my friends and whether or not they had returned them. Naturally, it was no surprise to my friends and family when I chose to study Software Engineering in college and graduated at the top of my class!

For the last 3 years I’ve been working as a Junior Software Developer for a national health insurance company. One of my biggest accomplishments within this role was helping to mastermind and develop an app for our subscribers to help them track claims and view benefit information. Since launching the app the company has seen a 20% decrease in customer service inquiries because our subscribers now have easy access to pertinent information right from their smartphones!

I’m a strong analytical thinker and creative problem-solver and I love working as part of a team. I enjoy conceptualizing technology solutions that will make people’s lives easier. I have received consistent praise from my supervisors and co-workers for my collaborative, upbeat attitude and innovative ideas. I would love to bring these ideas to work at Seaside Tech!

Thank you for your consideration and I hope to speak to you soon regarding next steps.


How to write a software developer cover letter?

  • Include your full name and contact information at the top of your cover letter
  • Start the cover letter by respectfully addressing the recipient by name
  • Mention where you found the job posting and your interest in the opportunity
  • Use the first paragraph to explain why you would be a great hire as the software developer
  • Briefly discuss your experiences, qualifications and accomplishments related to this opportunity
  • Thank the reader and express interest in discussing the role in more detail
  • End the cover letter with a professional sign-off and your full name
  • Your cover letter should be one-page or or less in length