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Last updated on 2/17/23

Get Some Practice Tailoring a Cover Letter Using the You/Me/Us Structure

It's Your Turn

  1. Read this job advertisement for a web dev position and reflect on how best to present your current skills and experience for this job, or invent skills and experience for a fictional applicant that would be a good fit for the job.

  2. Write a cover letter tailored to the job posting. Use the you/me/us method to structure your letter. Don't forget a conclusion at the end!


    Backend developer

    • Duration: 3 months

    • Location: New York City

    • Qualification: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

    • Professional experience: > 6 months

    Company: YESWECAN enables small- and medium-sized businesses to finance their expansion through a community of private lenders and professionals. With this financing, companies are hiring, innovating and expanding, both within the US and internationally. The team is supported by nearly 100 angel investors  and a major bank, who all co-invest in each of our projects through dedicated credit funds.

    Position description: Ready to join our web team? Here at YESWECAN, the web team is a mix of development, digital marketing and customer service. And as customer service is right in the middle of the office, everybody gets feedback from customers on what they develop or market.

    As a back-end developer, you will be in charge of several major projects, which you will be required to successfully implement with the support of the rest of the team. You will be at the heart of the business process, and you will find yourself working on projects that affect not only our customers, but also the way our teams work internally. To do so, you will be required to master different development languages and tools, some of which may be new to you.

    And of course, you will need to have an open mind and listen to things that will seem complicated at first, such as company credit analyses, financing, investment, etc. And we will continue to create new ways to use these topics together!

    Why join YESWECAN?

    • To support a start-up that is expanding steadily and constantly evolving

    • To be part of a young, modern web team 

    Our missions:

    • Developing new features and upgrades to our internal tools and platform

    • Maintaining applications (correcting bugs, improvements, support, deployment)

    • Participating in technical decision-making and defining future needs

    Desired profile:

    Your education and training aren't your most important quality. What’s important is your ability to learn new things and implement them quickly. 

    Do you have a trailblazing spirit? If so, you’re bound to have a number of personal projects to present, things you got involved in (even if they didn’t necessarily result in anything) that will show us that you’re not afraid to take on new challenges.

    We’re looking for:

    • An enthusiastic developer, ideally with experience using PHP Symfony

    • A fast learner who loves challenges and finding solutions

    • A thorough worker who likes processes

    • Someone friendly who’ll be able to communicate easily with various teams 

    Recruitment steps:

    • Phone interview with a member of the web team

    • Business case

    • Face-to-face interview with the web team 

Check Your Work

Are you done? 😊 Read on to see how you did!

Check that the following elements have been included.

  • Three paragraphs relating to the job posting:

    • You: a paragraph that demonstrates an understanding about the company and position being advertised

    • Me: a paragraph that explains the applicant's skills and experience, focusing on ones that are relevant to the job posting

    • Us: a paragraph that explains what the applicant will bring to the company or team

  • A closing statement suitable to the style of the job posting and in alignment with the company’s culture has been included.

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