A software engineer cover letter can explain some personal or career highlights that are not specifically detailed in the resume. It is important to sell yourself in the letter. Make the reader want to look at your resume. Do some research on the company and discuss what makes you want to work for the organization. Make sure everything in the letter is relevant to the job description or the company. Do not forget to include your contact information in the letter and always sign it personally. Here are a few software engineer cover letter samples that you can use to create our own.
Example 1 – Target to Company
This software engineer cover letter example is from an individual who creates software for a popular video game company. There is another company that he believes is more innovative in its approach to the creation of new gaming software and he is applying for an engineer position with that company.
Dear Software Engineering Department Director:
I am an experienced software engineer currently designing video games for Creative Games, Inc. It has always been my dream to work for Game Innovations in the area of software development. I started with Creative and have been there for 3 years working my way up from a junior engineer to a team supervisor. I have learned a great deal about the gaming world and have many ideas that I believe would be well received at Game Innovations.
I earned my degree in Software Engineering from ABC Technical Institute in 2009. I have one year of my Master’s Degree completed and intend to finish in the next couple of years. I have been attending evening classes and taking some online courses through ABC so that I can keep working full time during the day. I also earned my Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP) designation through the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) last year.
Although I have training and experience on a number of different software packages for video game creation, over the past 3 years I have been working primarily with Unreal Development Kit (UDK), Unity, RPG Maker VX Ace, Autodesk Maya 2013 and Steam.I have had an amazing mentor in Stan Frederick, Game Development Director, at Creative, and he was kind enough to write a reference letter for me which is attached along with my resume and application. I have no problem working long hours even into the night and on weekends. I am accustomed to doing whatever it takes to meet a deadline and produce a top quality game.
I hope you will take a look at my qualifications and consider me for a position in your Software Engineering Department. I am available any time at your convenience for a telephone or personal interview, and I can be reached on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email]
Mark Hoosier, CSDP
Example 2 -Unadvertised Opening
This software engineer cover letter example is from a student who has recently graduated with honors from a prestigious technical institute with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Software Engineering. She is sending out numerous applications and resumes to companies in her area in hopes of landing a permanent job.
Dear Software Engineering Department Director:
My name is Polly Parker and I just graduated from XYZ Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Software Engineering. My senior year I completed an internship with the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington D.C. where I conducted code analysis in preparation for an upgrade in the programs that run the unemployment benefits system. I was also responsible for assisting in the integration of new software with the existing system. It was fascinating work that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Attached to this letter, along with my application and resume, are 2 reference letters. The first is from Professor Dean Phillips who I had as my instructor for Advanced Software Development Methodologies, Design Patterns and Java Enterprise Programming. I also had a part-time job while in college in the computer lab and Professor Phillips was my supervisor. The second letter of reference is from Dr. Margaret Andrews who was the director of the department in which I worked while doing my internship at Labor.
I have gained extensive experience using Unified Modeling Language (UML) as well as Integrated Development Environments (IDE). I used Eclipse while in school to program in multiple languages. I also have considerable experience using Java and NetBeans in my programming work. Now that I have graduated I am eager to get my career started. I look forward to going through a company training program and begin learning the ins and outs of life in the real world of software engineering.
I hope you will review my attached application, resume and reference letters and contact me if you have any questions. I am available at your convenience for a personal interview. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or by email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.
Example 3 – Response to Job Postings and Classifieds Ads
This software engineer cover letter example is from an experienced engineer who works for a computer animation company in Los Angeles. Her company has announced that there will be layoffs; therefore she is seeking a position with an LA production company that has an opening in their computer animation department.
Dear Human Resources Department Director:
I am an experienced software engineer specializing in computer animation. I am responding to an ad that you recently posted in the Technology Times online for a software engineer in the Program Development Department at XYZ Animators, Inc.. I have been working with ABC Animations for the last 4 years and have been informed that the company will soon be laying off approximately 10% of the staff in all departments. Although I have not been informed that I will be laid off, I would like to leave ABC and secure employment at a more stable company. Looking at the recentaccomplishments of XYZ Animators, Inc., I believe XYZ to be considerably more stable and successful.
I would consider it an honor and a privilege to join the staff of gifted software engineers at XYZ Animators, Inc. I hope that you will review my attached application and resume. I am able to come to your office for a personal interview any time at your convenience. Please feel free to contact me on my cell phone at 555-555-5555 or via email at [email] Thank you for your consideration.