Simply put: Your prospective employer dreams you alleviate pain and make their life easier.
Okay, now we’ve started to paint a picture as our prospective employer see’s it we’re now in a good position to start to put together our cover letter.
In technology learning is essential, and if you can up-skill their teams you’re playing to their dreams.
That concludes our look over this junior developer cover letter case study. Don’t fall into the trap of focusing too much on your own skills.
Before we dive into the case study, I want to take some time to set the scene. The story will be useful to see where a lot of junior engineers go wrong in the job application process. We were in the staff room by the table tennis table. I emphasised my lack of skill and let him know that I’d rather just spectate. We looked back over at the players as he started to play out a narrative on top. When it comes to hiring you, we need to know your prospective employers: Okay, I admit, these are a little abstract. They’re suspicious that when you start work you won’t have the skills you said you did.
Throughout my entire life I’d been pretty mediocre at skill sports. Let’s strep through each emotion to detail what I mean. They’re suspicious that you were great at talking in the interview but won’t back these up with hard skill when you start. Your prospective employer will fear that when you start the job that you’ll take a long time to get up to speed.
Improvement 1: Avoid Self Deprecation It can be tempting to add in words like some.
As the original junior engineer put: “I have some experience”.
At the start of your cover letter, you’ll want to introduce yourself, stating who you are, your background and why you’re unique.
The junior engineer in question kicked off their cover letter as follows: I am a self-taught web developer since 2016. In the original intro was the additional detail of the year that this individual had been developing since (It was 2016, in this case). Improvement 2: Emphasise delivery I specifically reworded the intro from “I’ve learned” to “I’ve delivered”.