Java developers are software developers or architects who specifically use Java, a programming language, to write codes for clients and businesses’ computer and software programs. They will also test these products to see if there are any bugs in the code and will make the required changes to the software to fix any issues that come up. Java developers are also involved in some cases in the creation of websites and various applications for web, mobile, and more. Java developers at the management level will lead teams of programmers and testers to make sure that any project is finished within the right time and budget. Although Java developers are undoubtedly highly skilled when it comes to building and testing software, it’s possible that writing a cover letter for a job application may not be their strong suit. In this article, we share the best seven suggestions for writing a cover letter, which have been tried and tested by other Java developers.
1. Start with a personalized message about the company.
Your cover letter should be personalized to make the person reading your application feel like you put effort into your application and you truly know the company that you’re hoping to work for. Although this may make your application process a bit lengthier if you’re applying at dozens of positions, the extra time spent will pay off. Consider starting the cover letter with a sentence explaining how you heard about the company and why it caught your eye. An example of this is saying that you discovered their company, either on a third-party website online or due to an advertisement in person, and you looked into their company further and you were intrigued by the modern, forward-thinking and innovative perspective of the company.
2. Explain how your applicable experiences make you a good fit for the position.
Most people list their skills in the cover letter and that’s certainly a useful thing to do, but what makes a cover letter stand out is also being able to describe your experiences. You can write about a specific project you worked on, or an initiative you proposed, and explain the takeaways you got from that venture, and what skills and qualities you developed in that situation.
3. Mention the company’s name frequently.
As previously mentioned, successful cover letters are highly personalized and will make a recruiter see that you put effort into your application. By mentioning the company’s name frequently throughout your cover letter, it reminds the recruiter throughout the application that you’re well aware of which company you’re applying for as opposed to using generic cover letters.
4. Be enthusiastic.
By showing in your cover letter that the position is exciting and you’re motivated to work at that company, it will make a recruiter more likely to give your application a second look. You can write how you became passionate about coding, development, or testing, and that you truly enjoy rising to these challenges.
5. Mention certain key skills.
You can’t forget the importance of listing certain skills and even if they are listed in your CV, it’s still worth reiterating them in the cover letter. These skills should include, an in-depth understanding of Java, analytical skills, solving problems, troubleshooting, a keen eye for detail, communication abilities, and being well-organized.
6. Have a strong conclusion.
Your cover letter, once it’s outlined your experiences, skills, and excitement for the position in a personalized way, should summarize why you’d be the best fit for the position. At this moment, you should mention once more the name of the company and the position you’re applying for. This is also the perfect place to show your enthusiasm for the position, especially in connection with your strengths and why they are perfect for the company.
7. Leave the door open for a follow-up.
It’s important to finish the cover letter with a sentence which leaves the door open for follow-up questions so the company knows they can reach out to you and discuss any of the content of your application. It can also show that you have a lot more experience and references that you can refer to if required. This sentence can be as simple as ‘I am looking forward to speaking with you in more detail about my experiences and qualifications.’ Don’t forget to thank them for their time and consideration before signing off.
Nora Mork is a tech journalist at Boom Essays. She shares her experience by speaking at public events and writing articles for online magazines and blogs.