Software Developer Cover Letter Sample

Updated: May 13, 2020

The perfect software developer cover letter allows you to tell your unique personal and professional story. Your resume lists the facts, but your cover letter is where you stand out from hundreds of other applicants. It’s where you share your point of view in your own voice. But how do you write a cover letter for a specific role? Use our software developer cover letter sample below for suggested phrasing, structure, and content when you apply to an entry-level role. At the same time, remember that the example below is meant as a guide only. Your cover letter is about your individual academic and professional achievements.



Entry-Level Software Developer Cover Letter Sample


Misha Petrov
123 Home Street | Buffalo, NY 14222
555.555.5555 |

[Application Date]

Samantha Cartwright
Director of Human Resources
Grier Communications
101 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

Dear Ms. Cartwright:

I am experienced in C#, Java, SQL, Python, UNIX, and n-tier systems design. I have over two years of experience working on mainframe data communication networks. And I’m the rare software developer who has strong interpersonal skills, allowing me to meet customers where they are to address their individual needs. I would like to bring my experience and expertise to work as Grier Communications’ software developer.

In my current role as a software developer for Velcor Computer Designs, I collaborate with senior programmers, analysts, and the backend MongoDB database team to implement quality control measures for high-performance enterprise systems. In this capacity, I also initiated company-wide QC protocols (January 2017) that resulted in a 58% reduction of system failures from the previous year for programming developed for customers, saving the company an estimated $150,000 in labor costs. Before this, as an intern Premier Investment Computing, I served as one of the primary coding specialists for two separate projects, focused on developing scalable, high-performance web applications.

In all my roles, I’ve displayed an aptitude for creating and administering training programs to enhance employees’ understanding of new software, and in assessing and repairing computer hardware. I’m excited to provide these services, and more, with Grier Communications. My resume expands on my experience and accomplishments. Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

All the best,
Misha Petrov




Tips on How to Write Your Software Developer Cover Letter

Now that you’re inspired, here are our top tips before you write your own cover letter:

  • Don’t rewrite your resume—tell a story and share your passion.
  • Nothing will get you eliminated from the application pool faster than typos.
  • Address your cover letter to a specific person, with their full name and preferred pronoun.
  • Numbers and details are your friend. Speak to what you did and why it matters.
  • Name dropping pays off, so mention anyone you know at the company.
  • It’s not all about you. Focus on how you’ll add value for the employer.

And don’t forget to read our accompanying developer resumes here.