Comments on: Breaking In: Cover Letters Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:53:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Aleks Wed, 17 Jan 2007 03:21:00 +0000 Just a note that for a large company (such as Microsoft) namedropping would only help greatly if the person works somewhere close to the position. For example, dropping a name from Rare studio while applying to Ensemble studio (both part of Microsoft) is less likely to work because of large geographic/work subject separation. They may know some people from each studio, but since they are located in different countries and haven’t had a cross-studio development/IP they would be less likely to know anyone.

And from personal experience of trying to find a developer – please put details of what you worked on in the past. Putting something like “worked on developing a program for So-And-So” really does not tell anything. From reading that line I can not tell if you were the code-monkey responsible for making sure the ‘TPS report’ printed with .5″ border and not .45″ border or you were the one responsible for the really cool feature in that program. I would rather hear the details about your job than know you were a boyscout or competed in math olympiad in 9th grade.