Overview and Guidelines
Generic, all-purpose cover letters are considered nothing. Employers have neither time nor patience for the likes of these. Cover letters that show your skills and experience relating to a specific position, are the ones that generate results.
When you highlight your skills in a cover letter, you are actually highlighting the fact that your credentials match the requirements of the job. The cover letter is also the perfect place to editorialize about the accomplishments that you have cited in your resume. By showing prospective employers what you have to offer to them, you make a strong case for yourself.
There are basically two types of software tester cover letters:
1. To apply for an advertised position: Employers post vacant positions in newspapers, social media and on company websites. When you write a cover letter to respond to one of these, you are at an advantage – the employer clearly states what he is looking for and you can use this to your advantage. Of course, the fact that the competition will be great for an advertised position may make you work harder!
2. To inquire about a potential opportunity or future opening: There are some positions that never get posted to the general public. But this does not mean that the public isn’t eligible for it. By contacting the employer to inquire if a possibility is there for you, you are showing him or her that you exist and are qualified for a position within the company.
To see what a cover letter for the former situation looks like, refer to the sample software tester cover letter below:
232 West 7th Street
Benton, MS 80101
November 27, 2015
Mr. Gerald Murphy
90 Odum Road
Benton, MS 85221
Dear Mr. Murphy:
Being technology savvy is certainly not sufficient to justify a quality assurance role. As a seasoned software tester who has 12 years of firsthand experience in reviewing and evaluating software products and systems, you will find the following facts about me quite interesting:
• Extraordinarily adept at establishing software quality standards and conducting tests of systems and software applications
• Unmatched ability to build out test environments in sync with project specifications and perform scalability, longevity and reliability tests
• Strong background in handling web stacks and popular QA techniques to ensure total software quality management
I look forward to discussing my suitability for a software tester position at General Dynamics. I will follow up in 2 weeks to inquire about the hiring process, and welcome the opportunity to interview with you. Please feel free to contact me at (444) 444-4444.