How To Write a Cover Letter for Coding Jobs

  1. There is no such thing as an “optional” cover letter. If the job application gives you an opportunity to type or attach a cover letter, you should have one.
  2. Keep it to one page. Keeping your writing concise while also including everything you want to is a skill that you will have to hone as you continue on your job search. But we’ve got some guidelines for you below.
  3. Make it unique. There is a lot of advice online that recommends writing one generic cover letter, changing the name of the company in the first sentence, and sending it out with every application. DO NOT DO THIS. First, if you’re applying to multiple roles with the same hiring manager, they surely won’t appreciate reading the same cover letter four times. Second, each role you apply to has different qualifications , so the skills and past experience you include will be different. Third, you miss out on the prime opportunity to make a good impression.
  4. Keep tone in mind. Is your cover letter going to be read by your potential future manager, the HR director, or a bot? Is the company a trendy startup that will appreciate your wit or a corporate giant? Does the position require you to think creatively, logically, or both? Write accordingly.

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