I’m also in the process of writing a book on accessible web design (https://benrobertson.io/accessibility-for-web-developers/), to share what I’ve learned over the past several years.
For a long time, it was so difficult for me to come up with web development accomplishments that I was proud of, because I was always looking at code that I wrote in the past and saw all the things that were bad about it with my 20/20 hindsight.
I’ve worked with major universities across the Southeast US, including Clemson University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and award-winning work for the University of Kentucky (https://
Beyond front-end coding chops, I’m also passionate about writing and sharing what I’ve learned both with my teammates and the broader web community.
Some people seem to think you can skip the cover letter on job applications.
I think they see it as extra work that holds them back from applying for more jobs. If a company is asking for a cover letter, that is your chance to wow them with how unique and wonderful you are.
I say “Let’s talk” because that’s what I want: an interview. I make the call to action a brief summary of what I’ve laid out above, highlighting one aspect from each paragraph.
“” as a nod to my third paragraph about soft skills.
They could be some amazing portfolio pieces, or a super cool npm library you wrote. I highlighted some specific accomplishments in the second paragraph, but now in the third paragraph I’m highlighting some more general soft skills that I have: Soft skills are especially important in remote work. At Mediacurrent where I ended up, the team focus is so strong that I think the fact I identified this really made me stand out.
Think about the unique perspective you bring to team meetings. Think about the questions In the last paragraph I bring it to a clean conclusion.