10 Smith Street
Smithfield VIC 3333
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15 March 2010
GPO Box 000
Melbourne VIC 3000
Dear Mr Williams
Re: Lead Programmer position, Ref: 527DRE
I wish to apply for the position of Lead Programmer as advertised recently on the GameWorks website.
I have five years’ experience working as a developer on next generation console games – Xbox 360 and PS3 – and now have a sufficient depth of knowledge to take on a more senior role.
For the past 18 months I have been employed as a game programmer at Stingray Studios. Our major project – The Return of the Thing (TRT) – ships in two months and I would like to use the game’s successful completion as an opportunity to take the next step in my career. Contributing to TRT has allowed me to apply my advanced C++ skills to the core and game systems but I have also had exposure to most areas of the development cycle, including 3D graphics rendering, physics, AI and animation.
I have an ability to think architecturally, have a strong understanding of software engineering principles and practices, and experience writing specifications and technical design documentation.
My communication skills, both oral and written, are efficient and clear. I have strong leadership abilities demonstrated when leading the team at Stingray Studios while the Lead Programmer was away for two months. During this period the team beat its deadlines by two days and there were minimal bugs in the coding. I was commended for my ability to mobilise the team in the face of challenges and for my ability to quickly resolve issues.
I have long admired GameWorks’ third-person action games, particularly Pulp lll – You’re History, Sucker, and am very keen to join your team. My resume is attached and I look forward to being able to discuss the position with you further.
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The following candidate was looking for a Quality Assurance job in the video game industry. Thanks to his cover letter, he got himself an interview (and the job!).
Notice how he uses the second paragraph to elaborate on his passion for the video game industry, and then offers a couple of brief anecdotes to illustrate that passion. He doesn’t just repeat his resume word-for-word — in fact, he even states that he’s about to share some new information.
He also injects a bit of lighthearted humor into the letter towards the end, giving the employer an idea of how he might fit in with the organization. You don’t want to overdo it with humor, but showing a bit of personality here and there can help set you apart from the crowd.
Dear Hiring Manager,
I saw your job posting for a video game QA position and it caught my interest. My goal is to pursue a career in video game design and my research shows that a QA position is the logical entry-level position.
The enclosed resume details my background but what you won’t see on that resume are my strong analytical skills and passion for video games.
I see the world through a design lens: when traveling in Japan, I met a number of Japanese businessmen. We could not converse due to the language barrier but instead, communicated through a series of video games. Throughout my days, I come across things and can see them as the root of a video game. A recent trip to an older post office had me visualizing a zombie attack. (I actually forgot to mail my letter.) I even create games in my spare time.
I would love the chance to discuss this opportunity with you. tops my list of target employers as it is known as the organization for design and the ability to market the games.
I will plan to call you on November 3rd to follow up. In the interim, my contact information is listed below.