Since I am going to graduate in May I have started to apply for different software engineering positions, especially titled with the suffix New Grad. Although my cover letter has already undergone many rewrites, I feel still a lot insecure:
The cover letter is really a hook to get the reviewer's attention and I do not want to blow with some blah..blah..blah. I ask also, because I often read:
Tell us about your blog, side projects, open source contributions etc. and I struggle to integrate these information in a cover letter, because I still have this very conservative cover letter in mind, not something where I write: Hey and by the way check out my blog.
How could I tackle this problem? Currently my cover letters consists of three paragraphs:
Introducing myself, saying when and with what degree I am graduating then creating some motivation why I consider a job at that company and the tasks as very important and personally fulfilling.
Tell them about my achievements: work experience I got while stuyding, honors and awards, what is really important for me in my technical work and some additions which take the job description into context
Telling them about what my master thesis is about which I am currently writing, and some specialities on my resume they should look out for.
My first guess would be to use the third paragraph, throw it away and rewrite it with personal things, like a blog, side projects, etc. But what do you say?