How to Write a Web Developer Cover Letter (With an Example)

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Updated June 1, 2022 | Published September 29, 2021

Updated June 1, 2022

Published September 29, 2021

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When applying for web developer roles, you need an excellent resume and cover letter to get hiring managers' attention. A well-written cover letter can tell prospective employers more about you and why you believe you're a good fit for the role. Knowing how to write an effective cover letter as a web developer is important, as it can help improve your chances of receiving an invitation to interview. In this article, we explain how to write a web developer cover letter, offer tips for how to write an effective one, and share a helpful example you can use as a reference when writing your own.

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How to write a web developer cover letter

When writing your web developer cover letter, consider the following steps:

1. Include your contact information

Including your name and contact information at the top of your cover letter allows potential employers to contact you more easily. Start with your full name, followed by where you live, your phone number, and your email address. There's no need to include your full postal address, just your city and province. Be sure to choose a professional email address that is a simple variation of your name.

Follow your contact information with the date and a separate line addressing the hiring manager and company, including the organization's full address when possible.

2. Start with a salutation

Begin your letter with an appropriate salutation, including the hiring manager's first and last name if you can find their details in the job posting. Alternatively, you can contact the company and ask for the hiring manager's name so you can personalize your letter. If you can't find this information, you can use a generic salutation such as "Dear hiring manager," but including a personal greeting with their name is more likely to get their attention. It also shows that you took the time to research the company and its employees.

Look through the company's website or the job posting to see if you can find the hiring manager's name. If not, addressing the letter to the hiring manager or a specific department is acceptable.

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3. Detail why you're applying for the job

The first sentence or two can explain what the letter is about. To do this, briefly outline why you're applying for the job and how you heard about it. This is especially helpful if a current employee referred you for the position as it gets the hiring manager's attention.

Then, give a specific reason you're applying for the role. For example, "I'm applying to the web developer position because I believe my master's degree in computer science and three years of industry experience make me a great fit." Try to make your reason as specific to the role as possible by re-reading the job description or analyzing the company's website.

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4. Describe your education and experience

In the next paragraph, go into more detail about your education and experience. Try to include one or two relevant achievements to help you stand out. For example, if you won any awards in previous positions or at school. Analyze the job posting again to ensure you're including information that relates to the position.

5. Mention your web developer skills

After discussing your education and experience, highlight the relevant web development skills you have. Employers look for a mix of soft and technical skills, such as the following:

  • analytical thinking

  • research

  • responsive design

  • HTML/CSS

  • javaScript

  • communication

  • problem-solving

To determine exactly which skills to discuss in your cover letter, look for keywords that employers mention in the job description or posting. Including these keywords can help you stand out to hiring managers that use an applicant tracking system to filter resumes that don't include specific skills, education, or experience. It also shows prospective employers that you're a good fit for the role.

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6. Write a closing

End your cover letter with a paragraph reiterating why you would be a good fit for the role. Mention your best qualifications again and emphasize your interest in the role. You can also let the hiring manager know they can reach you if they have any questions about your cover letter or resume.

End the letter with an appropriate closing, such as "Sincerely," or "All the best," along with your full name. If you're submitting the letter in person, sign it as well to give it a personal touch.

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Cover letter tips

To create the perfect cover letter and improve your chances of receiving an invitation to interview for your dream web developer role, consider the following tips:

  • Create a new cover letter for every role you apply to. This allows you to address each hiring manager specifically and mention skills or experience that you know they're looking for. It also allows you to mention the company by name and present any information you learned about them through your research, showing employers you took the initiative to learn more about them.

  • Keep your cover letter brief. Hiring managers often receive hundreds of applications, especially for a role as competitive as a web developer. To improve the chance that they'll read yours, keep your cover letter to a page or less.

  • Proofread your cover letter before you submit it. Small mistakes, like grammatical errors or sections that are formatted wrong, may tell employers you rushed when writing your cover letter or that you lack analytical skills. Avoid this by reading your cover letter aloud to identify any awkward phrasing, run-on sentences, or errors in spelling, grammar, or punctuation.

  • Use numbers when you can**:** When discussing your experience or achievements, use numbers to help hiring managers put your career into perspective. For example, instead of just saying you always adhere to budgets, say you complete each web development project $5,000 to $10,000 under budget.

  • Prepare a portfolio to highlight your work. In addition to a resume and cover letter, you may also have to include a portfolio to show your previous work as a web developer. Choose a few websites or applications that you're proud of and create an online portfolio that you can link in your cover letter to display your work.

Example of a cover letter for a web developer

To help you write your web developer cover letter, consider the following example:

Jack Frederickson
Toronto, ON
(123) 456-7890
jackfrederickson@email.com

August 30, 2021

Sarah Johnson
Greenwood Tech Inc.
100 Dunning Street
Toronto, ON L4P F8I

Dear Ms. Johnson,

This letter is to express my interest in the web developer position at Greenwood Tech Inc. A former colleague of mine, who is one of your current employees, Robert Jackson, told me about the opening as he thought I would be a good fit for the role and I couldn't agree more.

I have been a web developer for six years at Lago Marketing, where I developed over 300 user-friendly websites and applications for our clients. I ensured every client I worked with was happy with their website, regardless of the number of changes I had to make to help their vision come to life. As technology is always changing, I ensure I stay up-to-date with industry trends and advancements to create state-of-the-art websites. I do so by attending seminars, taking additional courses in my free time, and pursuing training opportunities that my employer offers.

I also have many skills I believe make me an excellent fit for this role. I am a proven team player as I worked with a small team of nine people in my previous role. As I led many of the projects in my previous role, my team members voted for me to receive Lago Marketing's annual leadership award. I also have excellent problem-solving skills, as exemplified by my ability to lower client complaints by 15% after creating a more detailed onboarding form, so we knew exactly what clients were looking for.

Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials and accomplishments. I am very passionate about my work and would love to learn and grow more at Greenwood Tech. I hope to have the opportunity to discuss how I plan to use my responsive design skills and knowledge of HTML to create effective websites for your clients.

If you have any questions about my resume or cover letter, please feel free to call or email me with the contact information I included above. I look forward to speaking with you about this opportunity.

Sincerely,

Jack Frederickson

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